Kadambam Sadam and a Birthday celebration!

Mondays are always hectic, but I surprised myself by finishing the cooking, packing and even managed to give the boys their bath. Well I guess it is one of those rarest days. I may not expect it to happen again. But I did make a note of dishes that helped me get things done fast. Instead of the usual Sambar, I made Methi Dal with Red chilies. That plus having Idles with Tomato Chutney for breakfast. This way both Hubby dear and Konda eat the Idlies. Otherwise they refuse to even touch it.

Yesterday was Peddu and Chinnu's third birthday and we celebrated at home with just family. Though I was thinking maybe their birthday would get me baking again, I couldn't as we went to temple and came back in the afternoon. After that it was too tiring to even think about it. What with the renovation that is going on at home, the house is really a mess. The kids were excited knowing about their birthday and the cake cutting. Though they hardly ate anything of the cake. I heard from Amma, that my niece was so excited that she passed on the news to anybody who came in the last two days.

I really wonder how every kid gets so excited about a birthday cake! Though I hardly ever had a birthday party or cake cutting till I was in school. It was almost much later that cake cutting was popular at home. Birthdays at home was new dress and toffees for school friends. Anyway that is for another post!

Let me go ahead with the recipe for the picture that I posted few days ago. The Kadambam Sadam, a rich melody of lentils with vegetables with rice in a spicy aromatic flavour. Its not your rich spicy Bisi Bela bath and nor your quick Sambar Sadam. Yet it can be quick and easy if you plan it ahead.


Kadambam Sadam ~ Lentils and Vegetables cooked in Rice with Spices, One pot Meal

Ingredients Needed:

Rice - 1 & 1/2 cup
Toor Dal- 1/2 cup
Lentil mix can be anything that you like. I mixed handful of Channa dal, Moong Dal, Rajma, Dried Peas, Black Eyed Peas, Pea nuts, Jack fruit seeds. Not in the same quantity. Together they came to 1 & 1/2 cups
Vegetables - Potatoes, French beans, Carrots (can add more if you want)
Shallot Onions - 1 medium
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Salt to taste
Ghee/Butter - 2 tsp

Oil - 2 tsp
Curry leaves - 4-5 nos
Mustard, Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilies - 2 -3

Spice powder to be ground:

Bengal gram/ Channa Dal - 2 tsp
Whole Coriander seeds- 1 & 1/2 tsp
Red Chilies Long - 5 -7 nos
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 2"
Black peppercorn - 4 -5 (opt)

Method to prepare:

  1. Wash and soak the lentils overnight or minimum 6 hrs.
  2. Was and soak Rice for 20 mins.
  3. Pressure cook the dried lentils along with Toor dal for 3-4 whistles till its cooked well.
  4. Transfer the content to another bowl, wash the pan and heat with oil.
  5. Season with onions, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  6. Then add chopped tomatoes and salt. Cook till the tomatoes are soft.
  7. Add the vegetables and simmer for 5 mins. Add the ground spice powder.
  8. Finally add the drained rice, cooked dal and add about 5 - 6 cups of water. Adjust the salt and cover the cooker.
  9. Pressure cook again for 2 -3 whistles.
  10. Once the pressure is off, remove the cover and add ghee

Few of you have asked for a list of Deepavali sweets and savories that I am planning and also wanted suggestions. Will try to put up a list for ready access. Diwali is looked forward a lot in our parts of the world. How is your festival day preparations and what is planned? Do share would love to know them!

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