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Cuisine Style: South India | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | To Serve: 6 | Take with: rice | Type: Lunch Gravy

Vathal Kuzhambu and Srirangam are closely related. People of srirangam make this recipe often and serve with roasted appalam (not fried one). If you happened to visit Srirangam and taste Vathal kulambu & sutta appalam you would say “wow” and you can forget srirangam after some time but the taste you had will never ever go.


Vathal Kuzhambu tastes more when it is prepared with Vathal (dried vegetables) like Mangai Vathal (Raw Mango), Sundakai Vathal (Turkey berry), Manathakkali Vathal (Black night shade). Optionally you can use fresh vegetables such as Brinjal or Ladies finger. I used fresh Turkey berry. I don’t recommend even homemade sambar powder to prepare this recipe. Everything should be roasted and manually ground.


Ingredients

  • Turkey berry (Sundakai) – ½ Cup [Fresh or dried]
  • Tamarind extract or tamarind water – 1 ½ cup or tamarind paste – 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 springs
  • Sambar Onion (Shallots) - 10 (whole)
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Jaggery – 2 ½ tbsp [grated]
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Bengal gram – 2 tbsp
  • Asafetida - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Gingelly Oil [Sesame oil]– 3 tbsp
  • Water as needed

For roasting & grinding

  • Fenugreek - 2 tsp [Dry roast (dont add oil for frying) fenugreek and grind to fine powder]
  • Rice – 1 tbsp
  • Dry Red Chilli - 4
  • Urad dal – 2 tbsp
  • Toor dal – 2 tbsp
  • Coriander seeds - 2tbsp
  • Peppercorns -1tbsp
  • Heat oil in a pan add toor dal & urad roast till light brown.
  • Then roast coriander seeds & peppercorns.
  • Next roast rice & dry red chilli then let it cool.
  • Put roasted ingredients in mixer jar & grind to smooth paste with ¼ cup of water.

Preparation

  • Slit Turkey berry and remove all the seeds out then put in water.
  • Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  • Add Bengal gram & urad dal sauté.
  • Add onion sauté till light brown.
  • Add fenugreek powder & asafetida mix well. Then add curry leaves sauté.
  • Add the Fresh/ dried Turkey berry (Sundakai), salt & ½ tsp of turmeric powder sauté till soft.
  • Add the tamarind paste / tamarind extract and mix well. Add water if required & let it boil & thickens.
  • Add ground paste mixture mix well & let it boil
  • Add Jaggery & salt let it boil
  • Finally add 1 tbsp of sesame oil & cut off heat.
  • Serve hot with rice.

Note

  • To make Vatha Kuzhambu thick add rice flour. Roasted Pappadam is the best combination for Vatha Kuzhambu. It’s a common dish in Srirangam.

Tip

  • The alternative vegetables are drumstick, Brinjal, ladies finger. This spicy gravy can be made with either dried vathal or fresh vegetables.

How this Vathal Kuzhambu recipe is Unique?

  • The unique combination of ground mixture and Jaggery brings extra taste to the Vatha Kuzhambu.

How to make Vatha kuzhambu video

How to make Vatha kuzhambu & sutta appalam- Stepwise pictures

Wash & soak dried turkey berry for 10 minWash & soak dried Turkey berry for 10 min

Dry roast fenugreek seeds & grind without waterDry roast fenugreek seeds & grind without water

Roast toor dal, bengal gram, urad dal & rice with 1 tbsp oilRoast toor dal, bengal gram, urad dal & rice with 1 tbsp oil

Add coriander seeds & peppercorns roastAdd coriander seeds & peppercorns roast

Add dry red chilli roast & grindAdd dry red chilli roast

Add sesame oiladd sesame oil

Add mustard, chana dal, urad dal fryAdd mustard, chana dal, urad dal fry

Add small onion, curry leaves saute till softAdd small onion, curry leaves

Add asafoetida & ground fenugreek powderAdd asafoetida & ground fenugreek powder

Add soaked turkey berry, sauteAdd soaked turkey berry, saute

Add turmeric & saltAdd turmeric & salt

Add ground paste mix wellAdd ground paste mix well

Add water, mix well Add water, mix well, let it boil

Let it boil till softLet it boil till soft

Add tamarind extract, let it boil till raw smell outAdd tamarind extract, let it boil till raw smell out

Add jaggery, let it boil for 3 minAdd jaggery, let it boil for 3 min

Vatha kuzhambu readyVatha kuzhambu ready

Finally add sesame oil[1 tbsp], serve hot with rice & sutta appalamFinally add sesame oil[1 tbsp], serve hot with rice & sutta appalam

Sutta appalam:-Place appalam over the fireSutta appalam:-Place appalam over the fire

Roast both sidesRoast both sides

Crispy Sutta Appalam readyCrispy Sutta Appalam ready

Vatha kulambu with sutta appalam

Vatha kulambu with sutta appalam

Vatha kulambu

Vatha kulambu


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Yield: 4

Calories: 265

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