Sunday, September 29, 2019



The other day I bought fresh coriander leaves and decided to make Kothambari Soppu Thambuli which I had not prepared for long.

Coriander Leaves are called Kothambari Soppu in Kannada. I mention this as today's dish is from my home State of Karnataka.  A thambuli ( also called tambli) is a curd based side dish served as an accompaniment with lime rice or any other form of rice.

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for other dishes made with coriander leaves such as Kothimbir Vadi, Coriander Leaves Gojju,  and Coriander Leaves Rice.

This thambuli is quite easy to make and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. You could use either curds or buttermilk, but I prefer to use curds. Make sure the curds are fresh and not sour.

  • Kothambari Soppu (Coriander Leaves), 1 cup 
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Slit Green Chillies, 2
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/2 cup
  • Fresh Curds, 1 cup OR Curds 1/2 cup + Water 1/2 cup
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/4 tsp
  • Urad Dal, ( Black Gram Dal), 1/4 tsp
  • Dried Red Chilli, 1
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Oil, 2 tsp

Pluck the coriander leaves from their stems, wash them thoroughly and chop them
Whisk the fresh curds and keep aside
In a small pan heat 1 tsp of oil and on medium heat add the cumin seeds
When the cumin seeds sizzle, add the slit green chillies and the chopped coriander leaves
Saute till the coriander leaves wilt and switch off the gas
Transfer the sauteed ingredients to a mixer jar and grind along with the fresh coconut gratings to make a smooth paste using the required amount of water ( about 1/2 cup)
Transfer the ground paste to a bowl
To this, add the fresh curds, and salt to taste and mix well
Add water, only if required to adjust the consistency if the thambuli is too thick
Heat the remaining 1 tsp of oil in a small pan and on medium heat add the mustard seeds, when they splutter add the urad dal and saute till the dal changes colour
Now add the dried red chilli and sauté for a few seconds 
Add this seasoning to the Kothambari Soppu Thambuli
Serve as an accompaniment with lime rice or plain rice

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