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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Menthe Thambuli

Thambuli, a side dish from the state of Karnataka is a yogurt / butter milk based one and can even be loosely called a raita. The word thambuli comes from combining two Kannada words 'thampu' and 'huli'. Thampu literally means cool and this dish is normally preferred in the summer months for it's cooling properties. The dish is usually on a milder side and involves minimal cooking. The thambuli / thambli varieties are mostly prepared using herbs or some seasonal vegetables and adding a few simple, roasted spices. Today's version is a healthy one and uses fenugreek seeds / menthya kaalu. 

1 tsp. ghee
1/2 tsp. fenugreek seeds 
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
2 - 3 byadagi chillies
A fistful of fresh coconut, grated
Salt to taste
1 cup yogurt 
Ingredients for tempering:
1 tsp. ghee / oil
1/2 tsp. split black gram / urad dal
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
Few curry leaves

* Whisk the yogurt well in a bowl.
* Heat ghee in a small pan and add fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and red chillies. When the fenugreek starts to change color, add the coconut to the pan. Stir well and turn off the stove. Let it cool a bit.
* Grind the above mixture to a fine paste adding salt and little yogurt. Finally add the remaining yogurt and pulse once to combine.
* Heat ghee / oil in a small pan for tempering and add all othe other ingredients mentioned under tempering. When urad dal starts to turn brownish, turn off the stove. Let it cool a bit and add it to the yogurt mixture and mix well to combine.
* Serve it with hot rice.


This post is an entry for Blogging Marathon #100 under 'Regional Side Dishes' theme.



MySpicyKitchen said...

This sounds like a great side dish for summers. I am not a yogurt person but like raitas and perugu pachadi. Bookmarked the recipe.

rajani said...

A new dish for me, I can see that it would pair well with rice of any kind or even plain rice as such.

Pavani said...

That is a very interesting way to make kobbari perugu pachadi. I am bookmarking this recipe to try out. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

Varada's Kitchen said...

The spiced yogurt sounds very flavorful. Recipe is very new to me.

Harini R said...

New one adding coconut and methi seeds. Shall try it this summer.

Sowmya :) said...

I have not heard of this one before. Looks tasty and perfect for the summers. Love adding fenugreek in yougurt. Bookmarking this!

Kalyani said...

Thambli in summers is such a breeze to make and so many varieties too - we make it with Kothambari Soppu,/ nugge soppu/ karibevu or even oma leaves. this one with seeds is such a delight to dig into , isnt it ?

Srivalli said...

So wonderful always to read in detail about traditional dishes. While I have heard about this dish so often, I never actually took efforts to read in detail. Will surely want to make it sometime!

Gayathri Kumar said...

I have heard of thambuli, but haven't seen the recipe yet. The spice added to yogurt and the tempering would make this an amazing side for rice.

Narmadha said...

Lovely dish with yogurt and looks similar to raita. Thanks for posting traditional recipe