Sunday, February 21, 2010

Kadambam Saadam- A one dish meal with rice, lentils and veggies.

Kadambam saadam  is a cross between Bisi Bele Bath and plain ole Sambar Saadam . Saadam is a Tamilian word (Tamil in an Indian language) for rice. Kadambam means an assortment of flowers tied together, in reference to this dish, it means an assortment of vegetables and flavors coming together.

This simple to make, tasty single pot dish is well balanced with brown rice, lentil protein and vegetables, and is great for quick lunches or dinners. Just serve it with some papads/ appalams or chips and a raita or any other salad  to complete the meal.

Kadambam saadam-One dish meal with rice, lentils and veggies

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Ingredients and Method to make Kadambam Sadam
1 1/4 cup brown basmati rice
1/2 cup split pigeon peas (tur dhal/ arhar dhal/tuvaram parappu)
small gooseberry sized tamarind soaked in water for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Vegetables required (see notes for substitutions)
2 onions (pyaaz/vengayam) cut fine (see notes)
1 green bell pepper/ red bell pepper (simla mirch/koda molagai) deseeded and cut into small pieces
1 large carrot cut into small pieces
1 cup frozen or fresh green peas ( I used frozen thawed to room temperature)

For the masala
1 1/2 Tbsp split chick pea lentil (chana dhal/ kadalai parappu)
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi dana/ mendiyam)
1 1/2 Tbsp coriander seeds (dhania)
4 dry red chilies (or to taste)

1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds (sarson/rai/kadagu)
a pinch of asafoetida

Optional ingredients
1 tsp sambar powder (or to taste)

Garnish (optional)
Handful cilantro (coriander leaves) cut fine.
a few drops of clarified butter/ ghee/ neil (optional, omit for a vegan version) 

In a bowl or utensil add brown basmati and lentils, mix well. Add water to the rice and lentils, swirl a  few times with your hand and drain water. Then add  4 cups of water to it and let soak for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Pressure cook this brown basmati and lentils until soft (My pressure cooker requires about 4 whistles )

Soak the tamarind in enough water to submerge it for about 20 minutes or so Press tamarind to extract juice from it and pour the juice into another container. Cover the tamarind pulp with equal amount of water as first time and press tamarind again to extract juice from it, pour juice into another container. Repeat the earlier step one more time. Discard the pulp and seeds of tamarind and only retain its juice.

In a large heavy bottomed pan, dry roast the chick pea lentil stirring frequently, when the lentils give out a slight aroma and begin to become slightly reddish, add fenugreek seeds and stir until it begins to turn color.
Then quickly add coriander seeds, stir a few times and add dry red chillies. Stir this entire mixture a few times and then remove from heat and keep aside.

When cooled to room temperature grind to a smooth powder in a spice grinder. You can make this earlier and keep in an air tight container and use when required, or you can make double or triple the quantity and keep for future uses to make the process even faster the next time.

In the same pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds begin to splutter, add asafoetida if using, stir once or twice, then add onions and saute until onions turn translucent.

Then add all the other vegetables, sambar powder if using and stir a few times. Add tamarind juice, salt to taste and simmer until veggies are cooked and the tamarind juice loses its raw smell. .

Remove the cooked lentils + rice from cooker when the cooker is ready to opened and gently mash the two together,not completely just slightly for them to blend just a bit.

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Pour this rice + lentil mixture into the tamarind+ vegetable mixture, add water if required to achieve required consistency. Adjust salt to taste if required, then add masala powder and simmer for a few minutes until the flavors mingle, remove from heat.

Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with a few drops of clarified butter/ ghee/nei on top with papads/ appalam/ chips and raita/ salad on the side.

If you have pearl onions, peel and use about 2 handfuls of pearl onions instead of regular onions, pearl onions enhance flavor in this dish.

You can substitute the rest of the vegetables with 3 to 4 cups of any other seasonal vegetables like green beans, cauliflower (gobi) , potatoes (aloo) , zucchini, bell pepper (simla mirch/koda molagai)  etc.

You can cook the rice and lentils on the stove top too, just place the rice and lentils along with water in a large heavy bottomed pan and cook on low flame, stirring frequently and adding water as required until both the lentils and rice cook to softness.

You can make this with white rice too instead of brown rice. If you do use white rice, and you do not want it too spicy you may want to scale down the quantity of red chillies used in the recipe because white rice doesn't need as many chilies for heat as brown rice does :)


kitchen queen said...

Delicious kadamba sadam my favourite.

Priya Suresh said...

Real comforting food, can have this rice with papads..yumm!!

Gita Jaishankar said...

I too make this often with brown rice Usha...looks comforting...tastes good with just some chips :)

Latha said...

Very comforting sadam. I like mine with appalam.

Deepa G Joshi said...

hey this type of rice is my dish meal..excellent with fried papad ..

Trendsetters said...

love this recipe

Unknown said...

Brown rice combines very well with bisibele bath.. Looks very tasty and comforting meal.

Simplyfood said...

Looks healthy and delicious.

Uma said...

wow, soo tempting! A healthy version :)

Suparna said...

healthy and filling comforting meal one could ever ask for :)

Unknown said...

i tried something similar with brown rice few days ago..and loved it..looks awesome..

Parita said...

Saadam looks very fulfilling, i m yet to try brown rice, i know its a lot more healthier :)

Meena said...

Hey there, Usha!!! Very good post...I am always searching for recipes wuth brown rice...this is a truly flavorful one.

Anonymous said...

I have had this at our family frnds home..its such a tasty dish which is native to tirunelveli

Padma said...

Nice comforting dish... looks mouthwatering Usha.

Devasena Hariharan said...

I used to like bisi bela bath... Yes pearl onions add a really wonderful taste to sambars...

I had never heard of brown basmati rice....

Sara said...

Just had this in the temple on sunday. I like it with Kara Boondi...

Sara's Corner.

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