Sadya Special : Cheru naranga Kichadi - Steamed Lemons with Yogurt


Steamed Lemons + Yogurt?? Sounds Weirdo ?? Thats what exactly i thought seeing this recipe on the very first page of Lekshmi Nair's Cook book. I love Pachadi - Kichadi and can never imagine a Sadya without it too. I never even thought of giving this recipe a try until my aunt said she happened to have this at her friends place and she liked it. She is one with good damn taste buds and we have similar tastes in food . 

I love Lekshmi Nair's recipes , its so easy to make with what is already available in your pantry and can  whip up so quickly too. So trusting her cooking skills , as some of you trust mine ;), and my aunts taste buds , i decided to give it a go...Thus cheru naranga kichadi, finding a permanent place in my Sadya Special recipes. 
Oh yeah , I am certainly gonna have this for my vishu sadya next week . Have you planned on the sadya vibhavangal yet?


Luckily for me , i had some steamed lemons , which i have been keeping in salt and sugar for 3 days , for my next batch of Kerala lemon Pickle. On the cooking side , if you have happen to have some lemons just like me,  you don't have nothing much to do other than mixing some yogurt and coconut milk and making a tempering to pour over it . So within 3-5 minutes you will be out of the kitchen with a delicious side with rice.

But I tell you , I was a bit too much apprehensive about how this combination of two sour things would turn out to be. In a tad , this cheru naranga Kichadi was a lot more yummy than i imagined , making myself addicted to it like my affair with pickles , for the time being .....


Recipe for Cheru naranga Kichadi ( Adapted from Pachaka Ruchi by Lekshmi Nair)

Ingredients:-
Cheru naranga / Lemon - 5 
Green chilli chopped - 2
Ginger chopped - 1 tea spoon
Thick yogurt - 3/4 cup
Thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Sugar - a large pinch ( I did not add it )
Salt to taste

Tempering :-
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Dried red chilli - 3
Curry leaves - a handful
Coconut oil or any cooking oil - 2 tea spoon

Directions:-
Steam the lemons in a steamer / Appa chembu for 5-8 minutes or till it is soft. ( The original recipe says you can also boil the lemons in water till it soft , but i prefer steaming )
Let it cool and  cut into small pieces. Rub it with some salt and keep it for a day.( I used lemons that i was keeping for 3 days)
So when you are ready to make the kichadi , in a bowl mix lemons, green chili and finely chopped ginger . Add Thick coconut milk , yogurt and a pinch of sugar if you are using and combine well.

Tempering :- Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds . when they pop up add dried red chiles and curry leaves and fry for 30 seconds. Pour it over Kichadi and serve.


Cheers
Sarah

56 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

This looks tongue tickling...looks very creamy n yummy

Priya said...

Tongue tickling cheru naranga kichadi, completely new for me..

An Open Book said...

ee idea kollattoo :)
ya even i like lekshmi nairs cooking, although its been ages since ive seen any of her shows and i didnt know she had a cook boook

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Nisha... Same here, its been so long i have seen her cooking shows :(....

S.Menaga said...

New recipe..looks nice!!

Treat and Trick said...

Tempting click and looks yummy!

Prathima Rao said...

Unusual & looks absolutely tempting!!!
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Deepa Praveen said...

Hey you know what I made this now with in mnts and have a fab kichadi..your post was so tempting sweet heart..u know how??? I had kerala white lemon pickle ready with me..two spoons of that then curd plus tampering and a pich of chilli powder on top..oh I love this..had that as a side dish..Thanks dear.

aipi said...

A new recipe- looks so very delish- creamy n yum!

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Nithya said...

Simple and different. Got it give it a try :) I trust you ;)

Sathya Sankar said...

Kichadi looks very delicious, never had it before!

Nostalgia said...

Awesome! Sure different but sounds like a tasty one. Good going Sarah.

Sarah Naveen said...

@ deepa..Oh that was so quick ;)...Glad to hear you liked it..

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Ayyo kothiyavunnu....slurp

Swathi said...

I like Lakshmi Nair's cooking. this kichadi sounds delicious.

SheenaBabu said...

looks so very delish...and easy

Shanavi said...

Simple yet delicious and I love the way u've presented..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Awesome flavor combo... So good..

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Hema Mahen said...

New recipe..looks so good

kittymatti said...

Intersting recipe..lovely pic too!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

This is totally new to me. I have never seen an exotic combo..Looks yummy!

Sushma Mallya said...

New recipe...tangy and delicious!

Smitha said...

new dish to me!...but sounds very interesting!
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Suja Sugathan said...

Adipoli pachadi.love it so much.

Gulmohar said...

kidilan...Must say that Laksmi Nair is a great cook :-)

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow...pachadi looks so delicious ! I would love to share some awards with u...plz visit my space n accept it :-)

Pushpa said...

Unique combination looks very yummy.

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow super delicious kichadi !!

Torviewtoronto said...

looks wonderfully delicious

Kairali sisters said...

Sarah, you made me drooling here ketto, njnaum ethu enthyalum undakume sadhyakke...

jeyashrisuresh said...

completely a new dish to me.sounds great and cute pics too

Suman Singh said...

A new dish to me..looks so rich, yummy and delicious...

Rekha shoban said...

looks creamy n yummy!!!nice click sarah!

Nandini said...

creamy n delish kichadi! This one suits very well in this weather.

women-wisdom.com said...

New to me and so delish it is. Its finger licking yummy.

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Yummy Team said...

Entha adipoli naranga kichadi..Eni choru koode kittiyal mathi..

Padhu said...

This recipe is new and sounds good .I love the tangy taste

Tina said...

beautiful clicks...im not a naranga fan.. but this looks fabulous dear.

Ramya said...

This is totally new to me!! Great flavors..i am sure i will love it!! will give it a shot soon.Bookmarked..

swapna said...

New to me...looks yummy and beautiful clicks!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing Photography..

Jaisy James said...

aha kichadi adipoli

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I know nothing much about Lekshmi Nair's but i do trust ur cooking, i have tried lemon and curd in a kind of raita, this is purity! and Sarah the pic's are exquisite

Panchpakwan said...

Wow this is so new to me..love to try it soon!

Cham said...

U know what I love lemon and yogurt and this one is sure pleasing my palate! I gonna try this one sure! Very unusual recipe!

Pavithra said...

I have never tried this ..surely will love it as both are my fac ingredient.. SO tempting and pictures are great asusual.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

woww... awesome deer... lakshmi Nair ee photoyude bangi kandaal bodam kettu veezhum... i have all 3 books of her.. adutha bookinte photo shootnu sarahye vilicholum.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This recipe is very new to me,but sounds really mouthwatering,I love lemony things :)

Simply Life said...

what a fun new idea!

Sowmya said...

Looks yum-yum....new and absolutely delicious!

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Reeni said...

This is unique and delicious sounding! Would love to try it!

Now Serving said...

This is a very novel dish to me and it looks completely tempting and appetizing :) Love it!

The Weight Watcher said...

Wow! Never knew such a dish existed in the repertoire of kerala dishes! And so simple too! Will definitely try it out! :)

I just opened a bottle of Moroccan preserved lemons to make Chicken tagine today.. wondering if those lemons ( its just whole lemons picked in salt n water) would do for this recipe as well... Enthayalum, sangathi adipoli! :)

Sarah said...

fabulous clicks and yummy recipe

Peter Jan Haas said...

I am a little confused. This dish is meant to be eaten cold? So, when you pour over the hot oil and mustard seeds etc., you pour this over the cold lemons/yoghurt/coconut milk?

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Peter Jan Haas..
Yes Peter..This is a tempered Indian Raita kin of a dish which is famous in Regional Kerala cuisine , Usually served on vegetarian feasts . Yes you pour the hot oil and mustard ( called tempering ) over the cold mix :). :).. you can make it ahead or serve imdtly :)

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