Food combinations anyone?

03 May

Growing up, I remember my mom always cooked food by combinations – if it was keerai masiyal (mashed spinach), it has to be eaten with vetha kozhambu (Note: Sambar without lentils is usually called kozhambu) . If you had paruppu usili (crumbled cooked lentils), then mor kozhambu is a must. How can you have paruppu thogaiyal without jeera rasam? Another such match made in my mom’s kitchen is pongal with gotsu.

Gotsu, a tangy vegetable dish is the perfect accompaniment for the savory pongal. As pongal is made with lentils, gotsu is a lighter slightly watery dish made without lentils.

3 tbsp tamarind paste
2 tsp coriander seeds
2 red chillies
2 tsp red gram (channa) dhal
1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
Handful of whole channa dhal
1 medium size onion diced
1 medium size potato diced

Powder coriander seeds, red chillies and red gram dhal after dry-roasting them.

In a skillet, add oil, splutter mustard seeds and then saute onion, followed by potato. Add tamarind paste and the ground powder, followed by a cup of water and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

This is my entry to Jihva for love – the dish that I learnt from my mom, who sowed the seeds for very many interests in my life including cooking.


Posted by on May 3, 2008 in Cooking, Desi, Traditional cooking


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18 responses to “Food combinations anyone?

  1. Mythreyee

    May 3, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    Looks fantastic. I had this last week. One of my relatives made this combination. She added bell peppers too.

    Bell peppers are a wonderful addition to this as well. – A-kay

  2. Divya Vikram

    May 3, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    looks lovely..

  3. Arundathi

    May 3, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    in my home too – pongal with gotsu – delicious!

  4. Madhuram

    May 3, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    My mother used to make eggplant kothsu for pongal. My favorite food combination is poori and potato masala.

    Yup – eggplant gotsu is the standard. But since I don’t eat eggplant, my mom used to make with onion-potato combo. – A-kay

  5. Madhavi

    May 3, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Looks delicious, lovely recipe!!!

  6. sreelu

    May 4, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Hmm looks mouthwatering, never heard of this combination with pongal. Now I am craving for pongal šŸ˜¦

    This goes even better than the sambar or chutney with pongal – you should try this. – A-kay

  7. m's mom

    May 4, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    vaththa kuzhambu &sutta appalam(ulundu)
    vengaya sambar & potato kaara curry
    Morkuzhambu &pittalai
    poricha kuzhambu & puli pachadi
    Adai &Avial
    idli 7thengai white chutney along with molaga podi
    Dosai,sambar & the inevitable molagapodi of course………….one can go on & on
    -all these r perfectly made for each other combo s–isnt it??????????
    my annual preparations of vadumangai,aavakkai,mango sweet pickle & of course the summer special vadaams had been a fairly good success this yr-this is something which makes me stay in chennai in spite of this scorching agni nakshthram!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yup – all this brings me a smile – wish I can eat it now. Of couse, poori – masaal, bajji – thengai chutney springs to mind too šŸ™‚ You should tell me how you make the avakkai and of course, the vadams. – A-kay

  8. Mitr

    May 4, 2008 at 9:33 AM


    I’ve made pongal this weekend with brinjal gotsu, that is our combo ):, the potato looks good too, will try it next time.

    Ah! Brinjal gotsu is the standard, right? I like even carrots in my gotsu actually. – A-kay

  9. Raaga

    May 4, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    paruppu usli and menthi kuzhambu
    paruppu urundai and milagu kuzhambu
    mor kuzhambu and vazhaikkai karumadhu

    Pongal and Gojju is also a combo at my place


  10. Laksh

    May 4, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    mor kuzhambu/paruppu usili of course tops my list followed by kootu rasam, keera masiyal vatral kuzhambu šŸ™‚

    Nice post!

    Keerai masiyal – vatral kozhambu is my all time favorite. – A-kay

  11. easycrafts

    May 4, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    For me its always…

    mor kuzhambu and paruppu usli

    bisi bela bhath–raita

    Puri — Chole šŸ˜›

    Oh yea! Bisi bele bhath and potato fry is a good combination too šŸ™‚ – A-kay

  12. shri

    May 5, 2008 at 6:02 AM

    First time here,your site is so lovely.Nice recipe.

    Thanks for stopping by. – A-kay

  13. UL

    May 6, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Puttu and kadala for me…btw, I think this would be perfect mother’s day post to your mom šŸ™‚

    Ah… puttu and kadala – spoken like a true-blood Mallu šŸ™‚ – A-kay

  14. Spillay

    May 7, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    A-Kay. Looks wonderful! I’m so into food these days that it is always a pleasure to see so many new (and easy enough) recipes. Thank you for sharing :(love):

    We all go through such phases, I think. Thanks for stopping by. – A-kay

  15. Sachita

    May 7, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Ha.. the combos. Apart from tasting awesome, these I guess also compensate nutrition wise(Protein-vitamin wise).

    My favorite, probably a combo only in my house is Rasam satham with Pudhina thogayal.
    Very comforting. Cuddling up with a teddy bear comfort:)

    It isn’t good to read your posts at midnight, hunger pangs …:)

    Thanks for stopping by at my site. Rasam saatham with paruppu thogayal is good too šŸ™‚ – A-kay

  16. Madhuram

    May 11, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Hi Akay,

    Are you okay? No posts from you for a long time now. Take care.

    Thanks to you (and others) who checked-in on me. I am doing good and the lack of posts was due to hectic schedule and nothing else. I am glad to have found friends like you on the net šŸ™‚ – A-kay

  17. Nithu

    May 13, 2008 at 1:25 AM

    Looks so yummy. i love vethakozhambu with usli. Great combination!!

    Yeah – the lentil rich usili is balanced by vetha kozambu. But for me, it is usili with mor kozhambu šŸ™‚ – A-kay

  18. Madhuram

    May 14, 2008 at 4:57 AM

    I’m very glad that you are fine, A-kay. What are friends for after all?


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