Seasoning | Tempering | Tadka | Thalipu

Here is a small non-recipe post about seasoning or tempering or tadka (Hindi) or thalipu (Tamil). Pretty much all the recipes require tempering and without that the dish is not complete at all. When I started cooking, this is what my mom taught me and I am sharing the same here. Basically this post is all about what kind of tempering/tadka/thalipu I use for each and every recipe.

Here is my Anjarai Petti / Spice Box / Grocery Box. Pretty much all the house hold carries this box and here is mine and that is what I have in it,
AnjaraiPetti
 
Mustard Seeds / Rai / Kadugu
MustardSeeds
Fenugreek Seeds / Methi / Vendiyam
FenugreekSeeds
Pepper / Milagu
Pepper
Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu
ChannaDal
Urad Dal / Ulutham Paruppu
UradDal
Cumin Seeds / Jeera / Jeerakam
CuminSeeds

Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi / Haldi
TurmericPowder

I do add curry leaves (Kadi Pattha) while doing the tempering for kootu, occasionally for sambar and rasam. I pretty much add hing/heeng/asafoetida in all my recipes, at least 1/4 tsp or 1/8 tsp. As asafoetida helps in digestion, I make sure I add them in all my recipes. Like hing, I pretty much add turmeric in all my dishes not only for color but also for its medicinal purpose.

Here is the tempering that I follow for each and every category,
Rasam:
For rasam, I use mustard seeds, jeera and hing. If you temper it with ghee, it adds more taste/flavor. But if you are calorie conscious go with regular oil.  As soon as jeera splutters reduce the heat and add it to the rasam.Sambar:
For sambhar I use mustard seeds, methi (fenugreek) and hing. I dont prefer jeera for sambar. Adding too much of methi seeds adds bitter taste so I usually add at the max 2 tsps but adjust depending upon the quantity.
Vathal Kuzhambu:
For vathal kuzhambu, I use mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal and methi seeds for tempering or mustard seeds, red chillies and toor dal along with hing.
Kootu:
For kootu, you can just temper with mustard seeds, jeera and hing like in rasam or with mustard seeds, urad dal and channa dal.  I dont add all 4 together. I usually go with either one combination. And when you add curry leaves while tempering (especially) for kootu it adds more flavor.
Ven Pongal:
For ven pongal, I use jeera and pepper corns and usually i temper it with ghee.

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