Vengaya vatha kuzhambu

 

Vathakuzhambu

Ingredients (Serves 2)

1. Pearl onions – 20 – 25

2. Sesame oil / vegetable oil – 1.5 – 2 tbsp

3. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

    Dry red chilies – 2

    Fenugreek seeds – 1 pinch

    Curry leaves – 5

4. Turmeric powder -  1 pinch

    Sambar powder – 2 tsp

5. Tamarind – Large goose-berry sized, (Soak it in 3/4 cup warm water for 15 minutes and squeeze out its juice)

6. Rice flour – 1/2 – 1 tsp, mixed with 2 tbsp water

    Jaggery – 1 tsp, grated or to taste

7. Hing / asafoetida – 1 pinch

8. Salt – To taste

Method

1. Heat oil in a deep pan. Splutter mustard seeds and fry dry red chilies, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Add pearl onions, little salt and saute until light golden, about 5 minutes. Bring down the heat. Add turmeric powder and sambar powder. Saute for a minute.

2. Add tamarind juice and bring to a boil at medium heat. Next add 2 – 3 tsps of rice flour in water, jaggery and cook until gravy becomes thick and oil starts separating. Add a pinch of hing. Switch off. This tends to thicken over time so adjust the consistency of the gravy accordingly. It tastes best the next day and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Serve this delicious vatha kuzhambu with rice, appalam and koottu / any side-dish. It also goes very well with curd rice / idli, dosa etc.

Tips

Instead of pearl onions, you can use okra, sundakkai, garlic, drumstick, yellow pumpkin etc. If you are using drumstick or yellow pumpkin, cook them in enough water and little turmeric until done and then add it to the pan (after step 1) along with the water in which it is cooked.

Recipe Courtesy – My neighbor, Hari Priya from Chennai

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Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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