Kadambam Sadam is a Mixed Rice Variety popular in Tamil Nadu, cooked with different lentils and Vegetables. The highlight is the spice powder used to make this One pot Meal.
Before sharing the recipe of the dish I made couple of days ago, let me share my Monday Blues!. 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 Chillies. 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.
We celebrated Peddu and Chinnu’s third birthday yesterday at home with just family. Though I was thinking maybe their birthday would get me baking again, I couldn’t as we went to the 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!
For the Rice
1.5 cups Rice
1/2 cup Toor Dal
1.5 cups Mixed Lentil Added handful of Channa dal, Moong Dal, Rajma, Dried Peas, Black Eyed Peas, Peanuts, Jackfruit seeds. Not in the same quantity.
1 cup Mixed Vegetables Potatoes, French beans, Carrots
1 cup Shallots / Sambar Onions/ Chinna Vengayam
1 cup Tomatoes finely chopped
Salt to taste
2 tsp Ghee
For the Seasoning
2 tsp Cooking Oil
Handful Curry leaves
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Urad Dal
3 nos Dry Red Chillies
Spice powder to be ground
2 tsp Chana Dal /Bengal gram
1.5 tsp Coriander Seeds
5 to 7 nos Dry Red Chillies long
2 nos Cloves
2 inch Cinnamon
5 nos Pepper Corns (opt)
Method to prepare:
Pre Cooking Preps
Wash and soak the lentils overnight or minimum 6 hrs.
Was and soak Rice for 20 mins.
Dry roast the ingredients for the spice powder. Cool and grind to a powder.
For the Rice
Pressure cook the dried lentils along with Toor dal for 3-4 whistles till its cooked well.
Transfer the content to another bowl, wash the pan and heat with oil.
Season with onions, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Then add chopped tomatoes and salt. Cook till the tomatoes are soft.
Add the vegetables and simmer for 5 mins. Add the ground spice powder.
Finally add the drained rice, cooked dal and add about 5 – 6 cups of water. Adjust the salt and cover the cooker.
Pressure cook again for 2 -3 whistles.
Once the pressure is off, remove the cover and add ghee
Water is about 2 -3 cups extra to the usual 1: 2 ratio of rice: water. Since we have added lentils and rice, the water has to be more. Else on cooling, the rice will tend to become hard.
Tamarind is not added but can be included to give that typical Sambar rice taste. Increase more tomatoes as I have done.
Lentils and Vegetables are our wish and can be added as per what we like. The important thing to remember is to add enough water as the lentils absorb more.
Since I stored jackfruit seeds in the freezer, added about 4 of them. It gave a good soft taste to the rice! If you don’t’ have you can ignore.
You can also cook the masala separately and then just add to the along with rice and pressure cook.
Few of you have asked for a list of Deepavali sweets and savouries 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!