Poricha Kuzhambu …??a yummy one pot meal with mixed vegetables and lentils, prepare the powder ahead and save time of roasting and grinding every time .Poricha Kuzhambu / Porita Kuzhambu , a classic Tambram dish from Tamilnadu , a preferred dish for the days when elaborate cooking is not called for yet a satisfying meal is done all in a pot / pressure cooker or on a stove top in a pan . A Delicious blend of aromatic southern spices, sharp taste of peppercorns , cumin and aroma from roasted udad dal and the spice from red chillies all come together with cooked dal and a mix of vegetables . So what more do you need to complete the meal of lentils, vegetables and steamed rice ? A crispy rice appalam/ arisi appalam is all you need to devour the dish .
It has always been my preferred meal when I decide to eat more steamed rice as this poricha kuzhambu will taste at its best with only rice . I skip making the daily sambar or kuzhambu when I opt for poricha kuzhambu . Two dishes that I cook very often and when I have some assorted lone vegetables in the basket is the avial, or poricha kuzhambu . It is tough to chose between the two as both are very flavorful and filling . Depending on the choice of vegetables I decide .
As I make it pretty often , I need to quicken my cooking too , so I prepare a stock of poricha kuzhambu podi, which is all pre roasted, ground , stored in an airtight container .and one needs to just add the quantity needed with or without coconut .
I have given below in the video a recipe for a bulk mix , and you need to measure out the tbsp needed to make your poricha kuzhambu .
To prepare a travel mix :
Add coconut milk powder to the mix and roasted fried gram dal powder ( to replace cooked dal ) to the prepared kuzhambu powder , some dry roasted curry leaves and roasted tempering of mustard seeds, chana dal , red chillies , also to the mix , simply add required mix to the vegetables, microwave or pressure cook . helpful for travellers, bachelors and even at home to save time .
Store the prepared mix in airtight container , will stay good for a month and longer if coconut milk powder is not added to the mix for home use , but for travellers and bachelors living out of home , this is a good mix to prepare and carry with them on their trips .
For a traveller...
Just add the prepared Poricha Kuzhambu mix to a cup of assorted vegetables,little water , salt , microwave or pressure cook ., add salt . Enjoy with steamed rice..??
You can scale up in proportion to make a bulk mix of this powder to save time of roasting and grinding the powder every time you want to make poricha kuzhambu .
Check out the quick video to understand the process. In the video I have used more quantity of each ingredient as i have prepared the poricha kuzhambu mix in advance and will use only 1-2 tsp or as needed every time .