These following are some of the components of a Simple South Indian Lunch Menu.Even today in many households when guests are invited , the lunch is served on a plantain/ banana leaf. This is especially done when there guests belong to the elderly age group.
- Steamed rice is accompanied with a lentil based gravy like side dish called sambar which is made of lentils and vegetables or a tamarind based stew called pulikuzhambu or gojju that can have vegetables in the fresh or sun dried form or a kootu that is thick gravy of lentils and finely chopped vegetables.
- Rasam which is a thin soup like preparation is a must in many household including ours.
- One or more vegetable stir fries are also present.
- Sometimes the meal is accompanied by a flavored rice.
- Crispy fried pappad
- Fresh yogurt / buttermilk
In South India, rice is a staple for lunch.It is mixed with sambar / rasam / kootu / curd. A dollop of ghee is served along with rice and it is especially essential while having rasam and rice. The taste of ghee and rasam is awesome!
The other day mom prepared this delicious tamarind based stew called gojju prepared with Manathakkali Vatral or blacknightshade. Usually sesame seed oil is drizzled over piping hot steamed rice when gojjus are served.
The next important component of the meal in our household is Saaru or rasam.We just can't live without this tasty concoction. Mom prepares her blend of rasam powder which is a mix of dals and spices and is added to the tamarind extract. The aroma and the flavor is enough to tempt even the person who is not hungry.
It is customary to serve a dollop of ghee when rasam is served. Even if sesame oil[for gojju] or ghee[for sambar] has been served earlier , ghee is once again served for rasam.
Sometimes we have a flavored rice along with the meal. That day mom made a very simple pearl onion rice. This rice is very tasty and health wise very good during the post partum period.
We had two vegetable curry or stir fries that day. One is a brinjal curry that is flavored with lentil mix....
...and the other was a simple beetroot curry...
Just like rasam, curd is another staple in our household. Each day fresh curd is set and consumed along with steamed rice. Generally curd rice is eaten with pickle. We stock a few at home but rarely for ourselves. It is served to our guests most of the times....Featured here is Inji Puli pickle...
Hope you enjoyed this simple lunch meal that mom prepared for us....
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