Vathal Kuzhambu Recipe | Sundakkai Vatha Kulambu

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Vathal Kuzhambu
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Vathal Kuzhambu is a gravy prepared with tamarind water and little spices. This Vathal kuzhambu is mostly served along with Sambar, Rasam and curd in TamilNadu full meals. I used sun dried sundakkai / turkey berry and it is available in all super markets. Sundakkai also has lot of medicinal values. It kills worms in our stomach, helps in proper digestion, control diabetes etc as it has a slight bitter taste. This vathal kuzhambu is a traditional and authentic recipe of TamilNadu.

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Vathal Kuzhambu

Vathal Kuzhambu

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian |  Recipe Category: Lunch Side Dish / Kuzhambu Varieties
Preparation + Cook Time: 30 minutes  |  Serves: 2 to 3

  • Tamarind-  Small lemon sized
  • Sundakkai/Turkey berry – 10 to 15
  • Small Onion – 5 to 6
  • Garlic flakes – 10
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – As needed
  • Jaggery – a small piece
  • Gingely Oil – 2 tblsp
To Roast and Grind
  • Jeera – 3/4 tsp
  • Methi Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli – 5 to 6
  • Pepper corns – 1/4 tsp
  • Toor Dal – 3 to 4 tsp
To Temper
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Methi Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Jeera – 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli – 1
  • Curry Leaves – Few

1. Soak tamarind in water and extract tamarind water. Chop onion and garlic. Heat little oil in a kadai and fry all the ingredients in the table ‘To Roast and Grind’
Vathal-Kuzhambu-Step12. Grind it with little water. In the kadai, fry the sundakkai with little oil until dark brown, but don’t burn it. Heat oil in a kadai and temper with the items give in the table ‘To Temper’.
Vathal-Kuzhambu-Steps23. Add small onion, garlic and saute for a while. Now add tamarind water, turmeric powder and boil until bubble appears.
Vathal-Kuzhambu-Steps34. Then add Sundakkai, grinded spices and salt. Boil in low flame until oil separates. Stir it in the middle. Finally add a small piece of jaggery.

Vathal-Kuzhambu-Step4Serve it with hot rice and poriyal.

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1. This kuzhambu tastes good with sesame oil, you can use other oils too.
2. Other vathals like Maa vathal, Mithuk vathal and Manathakkali vathal can also be used. 
3. This sundried sundakkai vathal has salt in it so be careful while adding salt.
4. For simpler version you can skip, ‘To Roast and Grind’ part, add Sambar powder, chilli powder with tamarind extract and go ahead.
5. Never skip jaggery at the end, it gives an extra punch and taste to the vathal kuzhambu.

Vathal Kuzhambu

Vathal Kuzhambu

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