Kadambam Sadam and a Birthday celebration!

Mondays are always hectic, but I surprised myself by finishing the cooking, packing and even managed to give the boys their bath. Well I guess it is one of those rarest days. I may not expect it to happen again. But I did make a note of dishes that helped me get things done fast. Instead of the usual Sambar, I made Methi Dal with Red chilies. That plus having Idles with Tomato Chutney for breakfast. This way both Hubby dear and Konda eat the Idlies. Otherwise they refuse to even touch it.

Yesterday was Peddu and Chinnu’s third birthday and we celebrated at home with just family. Though I was thinking maybe their birthday would get me baking again, I couldn’t as we went to temple and came back in the afternoon. After that it was too tiring to even think about it. What with the renovation that is going on at home, the house is really a mess. The kids were excited knowing about their birthday and the cake cutting. Though they hardly ate anything of the cake. I heard from Amma, that my niece was so excited that she passed on the news to anybody who came in the last two days.

I really wonder how every kid gets so excited about a birthday cake! Though I hardly ever had a birthday party or cake cutting till I was in school. It was almost much later that cake cutting was popular at home. Birthdays at home was new dress and toffees for school friends. Anyway that is for another post!

Let me go ahead with the recipe for the picture that I posted few days ago. The Kadambam Sadam, a rich melody of lentils with vegetables with rice in a spicy aromatic flavour. Its not your rich spicy Bisi Bela bath and nor your quick Sambar Sadam. Yet it can be quick and easy if you plan it ahead.

Kadambam Sadam ~ Lentils and Vegetables cooked in Rice with Spices, One pot Meal

Ingredients Needed:

Rice – 1 & 1/2 cup
Toor Dal- 1/2 cup
Lentil mix can be anything that you like. I mixed handful of Channa dal, Moong Dal, Rajma, Dried Peas, Black Eyed Peas, Pea nuts, Jack fruit seeds. Not in the same quantity. Together they came to 1 & 1/2 cups
Vegetables – Potatoes, French beans, Carrots (can add more if you want)
Shallot Onions – 1 medium
Tomatoes – 2 medium
Salt to taste
Ghee/Butter – 2 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp
Curry leaves – 4-5 nos
Mustard, Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilies – 2 -3

Spice powder to be ground:

Bengal gram/ Channa Dal – 2 tsp
Whole Coriander seeds- 1 & 1/2 tsp
Red Chilies Long – 5 -7 nos
Cloves – 2
Cinnamon – 2″
Black peppercorn – 4 -5 (opt)

Method to prepare:

  1. Wash and soak the lentils overnight or minimum 6 hrs.
  2. Was and soak Rice for 20 mins.
  3. Pressure cook the dried lentils along with Toor dal for 3-4 whistles till its cooked well.
  4. Transfer the content to another bowl, wash the pan and heat with oil.
  5. Season with onions, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  6. Then add chopped tomatoes and salt. Cook till the tomatoes are soft.
  7. Add the vegetables and simmer for 5 mins. Add the ground spice powder.
  8. Finally add the drained rice, cooked dal and add about 5 – 6 cups of water. Adjust the salt and cover the cooker.
  9. Pressure cook again for 2 -3 whistles.
  10. Once the pressure is off, remove the cover and add ghee


  • Water is about 2 -3 cups extra to the usual 1: 2 ratio of rice: water. Since we have added lentils and rice, the water has to be more. Else on cooling, the rice will tend to become hard.
  • Tamarind is not added but can be included to give that typical Sambar rice taste. Increase more tomatoes as I have done.
  • Lentils and Vegetables are our wish and can be added as per what we like. The important thing to remember is to add enough water as the lentils absorb more.
  • Since I stored jack fruit seeds in the freezer, added about 4 of them. It gave a good soft taste to the rice! If you don’t’ have you can ignore.
  • You can also cook the masala separately and then just add to the along with rice and pressure cook.

Few of you have asked for a list of Deepavali sweets and savories that I am planning and also wanted suggestions. Will try to put up a list for ready access. Diwali is looked forward a lot in our parts of the world. How is your festival day preparations and what is planned? Do share would love to know them!

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  1. Belated birthday wishes πŸ™‚ Cake looks yummy! You know I get excited about b'day cakes myself even at this age…so its easier to understand for kids πŸ™‚ The kadambam sadam looks delicious!

  2. Happy B'day to the lil' ones! You guys must have had loads of fun! It's around lunch time here and the kadambam sadam is giving me severe hunger pangs!

  3. Oh! it must be really exiting for your two chotus, Mine are 12 year olds still they act the same way!!, just think of three year olds then !!, My belated birthday wishes and God bless them both with everything they want in life, The birthday cakes are so cute, and the kadambam rice too…

  4. Happy Birthday to the twins! They are entering a fun age πŸ™‚

    Kadamba sadam is in my to-do list for years and yours looks good. maybe this will make me to do it actually πŸ™‚

  5. Seems you are such a busy lady and don't know where you get the energy and time for the blogging business.:))
    The kadambam sadam looks lovely. My SIL prepares it in a similar fashion and calls it khichadi.
    My blessings to the little ones. BTW, what are the names of your little ones? Somehow the names on both the cakes looked similar.

  6. Belated birthday wishes to the little ones. I think I celebrated 2 birthdays with cake. I guess I was in the 8th/9th std. My b'day comes in the 3rd week of April, so I never used to get a chance to wear color dress and distribute chocolates in school. So for a couple of years I did celebrate it in March itself.

  7. kamala said

    Hello Valli
    i remember their Bday is in October.Thinking of calling you…My belatetd Bday wishes to Chinnu and Peddu.I too make this rice the same way..Delicious

  8. Belated wishes to the Sri….a twins ( That is all i made out from their cake with a K in the middle) Wish them many more and the choicest of joys the Almighty can bestow on them.

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