Lemongrass is used as a culinary as well as medicinal herb in the Asian continent. It has a mild citrus flavour with sweetish taste. It can be used in a dried, powdered or fresh form in various things like teas, soups and curries. This particular curry is called “Tambli” and it is prepared by grinding fresh leaves with coconut and mixing in buttermilk and it doesn’t need boiling. You can savour this like an appetiser or mixing with piping hot rice in this really hot summer. It has healing properties and is very good for the digestive system.
How to prepare this:
Lemongrass sticks – 5-6
Fresh grated Coconut – ½ cup
Green chilli -1
Salt –to taste
Lemon – ½
Buttermilk – ½ cup
- Chop lemongrass into bite size.
- Take your mixer jar, grind lemongrass pieces, coconut gratings, green chilli and salt by adding ½ cup of water into smooth paste. Sieve this mixture to get smooth liquid. (Sieving is very important over here, otherwise lemongrass will irritate your throat)
- Once again add half cup of water, do exactly like earlier and repeat this process for two or three times, so that we will remove all the traces of liquid and discard the remaining fibre.
- Now mix in buttermilk, adjust the consistency by adding water. Check the salt and add lemon juice.
- Now your Tambli is ready to savour.
- If you want to add the seasoning, heat one tsp of ghee, fry little cumin and curry leaves and add to Tambli.
- Beat the heat by having this either as an appetiser or with hot rice.
- To make vegan version, please omit the buttermilk and rest you can proceed as it is.