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Vatha Kuzhambu Recipe

Vatha Kuzhambu Recipe




I like Vatha Kuzhambu or Vatha Kulambu as I call it but these days I almost stop cooking these things thanks to DH dislikes for tamarind :( and one thing I wanted to try for long was Vatha Kuzhambu recipe, I always thought it's a complicated process until I tried it.  Thanks to Prema for giving me a vathal packet to try, I followed her recipe exactly just add little jaggery to enhance & balance sharp tamarind taste and simply loved the kulambu, boy it was just too good and from there I made it multiple times just for myself.  


This is one of the most easy way of making kuzhambu - no onion, no garlic & no tomato ie nothing to chop, what a relief.  Have it with steamed rice and papad or vathal.  I also made potato fry only to realize later it's actually not needed at all, the kulambu is just good enough by itself.  


Ingredients for Vatha Kuzhambu [Serves 2-3] 

Recipe Source - Prema's Culinary

Dry Mixed Vathal - 1/2 Cup
Tamarind - A small lemon size ball
Sesame Oil - 1 tbsp [I used Saffola]
Asafetida/Hing - A pinch
Mustard Seeds - 1/2
Urad Dal - 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek/Methi Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Sambar Powder - 1 tbsp
Jaggery - 1/2 tsp [optional]
Salt - To Taste


Method

1. Soak tamarind in 1/2 to 3/4 cup water for 10-15 minutes and extract thick pulp.  Below is also picture of dried vathal for those whom doesn't know about vathal.

2. Heat oil in a wok, add asafetida/hing, mustard seeds, methi seeds, urad dal and allow mustard to splutter.  Add vathal and fry them till golden brown.

3. Add tamarind extract, turmeric & sambar powders, salt.  Give a good Stir.

4. Bring it to boil, add jaggery (if using) and cook until kuzhambu/kulambu becomes thick, off flame.

Serve with rice, potato fry, fryums and enjoy the meal.


Have a nice day ~~

23 comments:

  1. A comfort food...this long with aloo curry is deadly combination..

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  2. love it...
    looks delicious and very tempting priti :)

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  3. Slurp... Vatha kulambu is tempting too much. You prepared it in a perfect way.

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  4. Love the taste of vatha kuzhambu....yummm...

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  5. Love the taste of vatha kuzhambu....yummm...

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  6. Looks delicious and fingerlicking good.....beautiful clicks..

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  7. Looking interesting but what is Vatha dear?

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  8. I am also an ardent fan of vatha kuzhambu. Ur kuzhambu is simply awesome and lovely.

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  9. This is one of my fav dish for lunch and love to have with hot rice and appalam.Just love it.

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  10. never had vatha kuzhambu..looks delicious combo wid rice..

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  11. I love this a lot, but mostly I run out of vathals. So rarely make.Looks tempting

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  12. i did my college in coimbatore. my neighbor used to make this for me and my sister. nostalgic

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  13. @Nabanita - Vatha is Vathal which is usually dried food like sabudana papad, chawal papad/wadi etc is called vathal.
    Here Vatha ie vathal is dried vegetables mostly in this kuzhambu used is dried turkey berry. I have used dried turkey berrry, cluster beans, mango etc.

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  14. Thanks for trying Priti,makes me hungry now:)

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  15. this is new to me preeti, looks delicious and fingerlicking. lovely clicks too

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