A curd based quick and simple accompaniment to hot rice with methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) – Methi Seeds Thambuli/Thambli/Tambli | Fenugreek Seeds Thambuli – A South Canara Recipe.
Thambuli/Tambli/Tambuli is a form of raita. A regular delicious feature in south Canara (Udupi region in south Karnataka) homes. Recipes from this region are being featured as part of our blog-hop this month.
The Udupi cuisine is attributed to the Ashta Mathas (8 mathas), founded by Shri Madhwacharya. The cuisine generally involves use of seasonal and local vegetables such as Mangalore cucumber, pumpkins, gourds, jackfruit, mango (raw and ripe), plantain and so on. Using which, a series of delicious dishes ranging from rasams to sambar (koddelu/huli), palya(stir-fry) to payasa(kheer/pudding) are prepared. Being strictly satvik, the use of onion-garlic is forbidden here.
It is said to be a tradition, having hot rice with thambuli to begin the meal. Many different seasonal vegetables/herbs can be used in the preparation of thambulis, such as doddapatre leaves (ajwain leaves/karpoorvalli leaves), coriander leaves, poppy seeds, curry leaves and so on. Various recipes for the same exist, with slight variations in the ingredients. Thambuli/Tambli is generally prepared mild and not spicy. Fundamentally, thambuli/tambli has a few simple whole spices, roasted and ground with seasonal vegetables or herbs (some with coconut) added to buttermilk/curds.
Fenugreek in many forms, such as the leaves, the seeds, the flowers have been used in everyday cooking in Indian homes since centuries. Methi, with its amorphous, pungent nature when used appropriately, adds a distinctive flavor to the dish.
A fair number of home remedies are based around fenugreek, some valuable ones I have grown-up with, having learnt from my mother including using methi soaked overnight to relieve acidity/heartburn, as local application for better hair growth, among many others.
To begin the new year, I bring to you, a diabetes friendly thambuli/tambli recipe using methi/fenugreek seeds. Some studies on diabetic animal tissues have indicated the effect of methi seeds to be almost similar to that of insulin as suggested here. With its suggested additional benefits such as in digestion, adding bulk to a meal, preventing cancers, benefits in lactating mothers, properties helpful in lowering cholesterol and so on, its merits are said to cater to everyone and not just diabetics.
As a tradition, at Ugadi festival, which is the new year in southern India, as per the Hindu calendar, a ‘bitter-sweet’ combination referred to as ‘bevu-bella’ is offered as part of the festivities. ‘Bevu’ meaning neem leaves, the bitter aspect and ‘Bella’ meaning jaggery, the sweet aspect; suggesting life as a bitter-sweet combination! Now, with this Methi Thambuli/Fenugreek Tambli one can experience a touch of bitterness due to the fenugreek and the ‘sweetness’ from coconut and buttermilk, but in a savory offering. Can we call this a ‘healthy balance’ to begin the new year with?! 🙂
I served it with steaming hot brown rice.
Method for Methi Seeds Thambuli/Thambli|Fenugreek Seeds Thambuli – South Canara Recipe:
- for preparing the spice paste and thambuli/tambli>>
- 1 teaspoon methi Seeds/fenugreek Seeds
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 byadagi/mild red chilies
- 4 to 6 tablespoon grated fresh coconut or thawed frozen coconut
- 1 teaspoon oil
- ½ cup buttermilk/beaten curds
- salt to taste
- small amount of water to prepare the paste.
- for seasoning>>
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon split black gram/urad dal
- 6 to 8 curry leaves
- First, heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan.
- Add 1 teaspoon of methi seeds, ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds, stir and roast until the methi seeds turn reddish brown. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool.
- In the same pan, add 2 byadagi red chilies (mild dry red chilies), roast until they turn crisp. Transfer to the same plate. Allow to cool.
- Then, grind the roasted methi, cumin, dry red chilies with grated coconut adding small amount of water to form a smooth paste. Adding too much water results in watery thambuli. Hence add small amount.
- Transfer the paste to a bowl. Add ½ cup buttermilk/beaten curds and mix well adding salt to taste. To render it diabetic friendly, use low fat buttermilk/beaten curds.
- Now, prepare seasoning in a separate small pan by heating 1 teaspoon of oil. Splutter 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, add 1 teaspoon split black gram/urad, 6 to 8 curry leaves. Once the urad dal turn reddish brown, turn off the heat. Transfer the seasoning to the thambuli mixture.
- Mix and serve with steaming hot rice. I served it with brown rice.
Recipe adapted from here.
Step wise Pictorial For Methi Seeds Thambuli/Thambli|Fenugreek Seeds Thambuli – South Canara Recipe:
First, heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan.
Add 1 teaspoon of methi seeds, ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds, stir and roast until the methi seeds turn reddish brown. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool.
In the same pan, add 2 byadagi red chilies (mild dry red chilies), roast until they turn crisp. Transfer to the same plate. Allow to cool.
Now, prepare seasoning in a separate small pan by heating 1 teaspoon of oil. Splutter 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, add 1 teaspoon split black gram/urad, 6 to 8 curry leaves. Once the urad dal turn reddish brown, turn off the heat. Transfer the seasoning to the thambuli mixture.
Recipes from my fellow blog-hop bloggers:
Shobana’s Udupi Tomato Saaru
Vani’s Mangalore Sweet Bun
Jayashree’s Sweet Potato Kheer
Swati’s Bittergourd Palya
Shubha’s Pineapple Menaskai
Parvathy’s Gole Bajje