Sothi Recipe ( Indian Style Mild Yellow Coconut Curry )

This is one of the most wanted recipes from my fellow readers. Sothi, an Indian style of mild yellow coconut curry...tastes a little similar to the Malay style Masak Lemak, is definitely one of my favourites.

I'd enjoy Sothi with plain rice and a spicy dish like mackerel or anchovies sambal. String hoppers (Putu Mayam in Malay) are another great companion for Sothi.

Preparing Sothi is just'll need to combine all the ingredients into a cooking pot and boil it. Easy right? Check it out!!!

To my readers... Ms. Sharnisha, Ms. Komala and Ms. Thamarai. Here's the recipe as per your request, apologize for the delay. Hope you ladies don't mind :~)

This is a vegan Sothi.


Ingredients :~

  • 600ml thin coconut milk (you may add 300ml thick milk + 300ml water)
  • 100ml thick coconut milk
  • 1 large onion ~ sliced
  • 2 green chillies ~ halved
  • 2 tomatoes ~ cut each into 6
  • 1 handful curry leaves
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2/3 tsp tamarind paste ( or 4 tbsp lime juice )
  • salt to taste

Method :~
  1. In a pot, mix all the ingredients except for thick coconut milk.
  2. Place the pot on medium heat and cook until the mixture boil a few times. Allow to simmer.
  3. Finally pour in the thick coconut milk. Remove pot from heat after 2 boils. Remember to check for salt. 
You may substitute tamarind paste with 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice. And if you are using lime juice, add it to the mixture after you turn off the heat.

You are welcome to join my ongoing event :~ 
DEEPAVALI DELIGHTS 2012. Check the link for more info. 

Signing off,



  1. very interesting and delicious too..

  2. Prefect pair for appams and idiyappams,love it.

  3. wow tempting recipe..mouth watering dear...

  4. hi love..sedapnya..leh akak tumpang lunch kt umah love ke?? hehe!

  5. Love the colour of the dish. Yes, it look similar to Malay dish, Masak Lemak.

  6. This...I consider is almost like Masak Lemak Cili Api:)

    Nice one, love. I hope I can try this one to divert the taste once in a while:)

  7. yummmmm yummm... tqs for sharing..

  8. What a creamy & inviting curry!!!! Has a nice, yellow hue :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. Hi Love, your sothi look so delicious, can have extra rice or dip in any rotis. Nice click.

    Hopefully I can join your Deepavali event, I'm looking for recipes that I can cook or bake.
    Have a nice week ahead.Take care my dear.

    1. Hello Amelia...yes I too like to have bread dipped in sothi :)

      Hope you join the event!

  10. wow great with string hoopers or appam

  11. I did this Sothi yesterday.. Goes with rice and fish sambal.
    Yummy yummy.. Will try out your version next time sis.. :-)

  12. It been such along time since i had Sothi , my mum use to make it when we were younger and there was always ikan bilis sambal and fried fish . Thank you for the memories of childhood and how one mothers cooking is the best. Will cook these for my Chinese husband these week .

    1. Hello Asiaruth, thank you very much for your kind words. Am so glad it brought back memories to you. Yes, nothing beats mum's cooking even how good cook we are. Hope you'll make the sothi and it'll meet your taste. Have a great day :)

  13. oh definitely my comfort go with rice and a little bit of sambal... yummm

  14. Creamy yummy curry...Love the color..

  15. hi love, this sothi is it macam masak lemak style melayu gitu ke?..looks appetising lah love...

  16. Looks delicious! Great with sambal belacan, extra pedas!!

  17. waaaaa, ni ala ala masak lemak versi deepavali ni :)

  18. Looks wonderful and tempting. Nice recipe.:)

  19. What a delicious and simple dish! Love it!

  20. Absolutely delicious!!! Wish U & Ur Family a very happy Diwali!

  21. Your photo makes me hungry. Thanks for the recipe. My mother in law used to add cabbage and carrot. I should try to cook based on your recipe.


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