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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. @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.

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

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


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