Kosamalli with Savory Crepes

Both N and I have been traveling like crazy for the past few days. Last week I felt so tired that I just wanted to sleep and wanted something different to eat. It is almost like I was craving for something that will bring back the sense of taste to my tongue (eating out can make you home sick than anything else)

Besides posting my recipes, I had also marked mouth watering recipes from other blogs, some of the recipes I had cooked and informed the bloggers but I have not posted it. I guess it is about time I start posting their lovely unique recipes.

I managed to do both tasks in one recipe, made something that was tangy and spicy enough and it was a recipe from another kitchen 😀

Starting off the tried and tasted recipes with Solai Aunty’s Kosamalli. When I first saw it at Cham’s I thought it was kosumbari, a salad made of lentils. But it is a recipe from Chettinad, served with Idli or Dosa. True to Solai aunty’s description it had wonderful flavors, had a bit of tang and spice to it.


Makes- 2 cups of Kosamalli

Small Purple eggplants- 4
Red onion- one small
Tomato- one (big)
Curry leaves- few
Cilantro- a handful
Red chilies-3
Green chilies-6 (adjust to taste)
Tamarind- half the size of one key lime
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste

For Tempering:
Oil- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp


Soak the tamarind in one cup of hot water and extract the juice.

Wash the potato and eggplants. Pressure cook the potato and eggplants together. Cool, remove the outer skin of egg plants and mash it well along with the potato.

Chop onions and tomato into chunks. Slice the green chilies.

Add salt and an additional one cup of water to the already prepared tamarind extract.

Heat oil in a kadai and mustard seeds. When they splutter, add curry leaves, red chilies, green chilies, turmeric powder, onion and tomato. Just stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Pour the tamarind mixture to it, the mashed eggplant and potato and mix them well. Check if salt is enough.

Let it boil for 6-7 minutes (Not too much but just so that the veggies are blended in with the liquid and cooked). Garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve hot with Idli, Dosa- Indian Savory crepes or Idiyappam(rice noodles). A simple recipe but it tastes so good that you will make it again and again. I was so hungry and was in a hurry to eat that I did not take step by step pictures, will do that the next time I make kosamalli.

I followed some of the tips given by Solai aunty and cham:

The gravy will be very watery, but that is how it is served (I just reduced the water a bit to make it slightly thick)

Tomato and tamarind quantities are proportional. If you change one ingredient, change others accordingly.

Adding so many green chilies does not make it hot. Suma of Veggie Platter has a Side-Dish theme event but not about dals and this kosamalli is an entry.

Repost time:

Usha is hosting the Healthy Soups event and I have been wanting to post some of the soups I made earlier for her event.

Mulligatawny Soup

Clear Tomato Soup

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15 Comments to “Kosamalli with Savory Crepes”

  1. Hey Ruchika,
    Hope you are doing good and I know, travelling could be tiring at times… Kosamalli looks so spicy and tangy, must have cheered you up :)

  2. Asha says:

    Wrong time to be traveling but got to do sometimes. My fave is to make Theeyal when I am back from vacation, sometimes I make it and freeze to eat right after coming home. Soups looks so good, Brinjal dish is mouthwatering. Good ones, enjoy.
    Not much going on here weatherwise, sunny and bit cold but y’day was terrible with 40miles/hr wind and very cold.

  3. Thanks a lot dear for your lovely comment, and ya we should meet definitely…that will be cool!!!

  4. indosungod says:

    This will get made soon. Perfect!

  5. Lovely colour, am hearing the name of the dish for the first time….but i loved the dish which is really simple and full of flavours and yet looks delicious…and travelling is really hectic sometimes,,,u take rest and take care..

  6. Cham says:

    Hope the weather is not bad in ur neck of wood! Seems u like kosamalli, I enjoyed with idlis often & aunty’s recipe are perfect and tasty!
    It is little chill here but no rain today !

  7. just 2 days before mine…may 2nd….i loved the new look of your blog too…very nice,bright and beautiful

  8. SE says:

    mouthwatering dish…perfect with crepes or idli’s even !!! yum

  9. That surely looks good & should give it a try too….. It has been a while since I travelled…. I would love to if I am fine & flying….. Doc has asked me to keep my cool for 6 months….. I hope by then it would be alright or rather I would be fine to travel….. just keeping fingers crossed….. ;-(


  10. Usha says:

    The kosamalli looks and sounds delicious ! Both the soups look very inviting and I found the history of mulligatawny soup fascinating ! I knew it had an Indian origin but I never thought of it as milagu thani :-) Thanks for sharing these soups with the healthy inspirations event…

  11. Oh My you are a devil, see with all these tempting dish you are making me crave a lot!!! But you know love the virtual feast that you give us!!!


  12. Priya says:

    My favourite chettinad dish with idlis is this kosamalli..tempting me again to make soon…btw soups looks fantastic..

  13. simplyfood says:

    All soups look delicious and colourful.

  14. Ed Schenk says:

    I am going to try this recipe!

  15. Jagruti says:

    really tempting dish..will give it a go..

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