Vatral Kuzhambu recipe
It is a south Indian Spicy Tamarind Based Gravy (curry) it should be eaten with Roasted Pappads & Plain Rice
Ingredients for Vatral Kuzhambu recipe
Sundakkai or Manathakkali or any vegetable Vatral or you could use fresh Brinjals cutinto subes - could be used.
Tamarind a golf size ball soaked in water & the pulp extracted & kept aside;
Sambar Powder 1 1/2 - 2 tspn.
Mustard Seeds 1/2 tspn;
Methi Seeds-1/2 tsp.;
Dry Red Chillies-4 de seeded & broken & kept;
Channa Dhal 1 tspn.;
Asafoetida Powder - a big pinch;
Curry Leaves - few
Oil 4-6 tbspns.
Salt to taste
How to make Vatral Kuzhambu?
Soak the tamarind in water & extract the pulp (juice). Add salt to taste - & keep aside.
Now put a vessel on the gas add oil when hot add the channa dahal, curry leaves red chillies, mustard & methi seeds & fry till dhal is brown & the mustard seeds crackle now lower the heat add the Sambar powder & fry for 2-3 mins. do not allow to burn - a nice smell will arise now add the Tamarind water mix well & allow to bubble nicely till the required thickness has been reached - remove from fire & serve with ghee, roasted pappads & plain white rice.
You could roast/broil 2 tspns of rice & powder the same mix in a little water & add to the vatral kuzhambu to thicken faster.
This Recipe Submitted by :Pearl Subramanian