Though I prepare a variety of South Indian Kuzhambu, my all time favorite is of course Vatha kulambu.This is a very traditional and authentic South Indian (Tamil) recipe.You can prepare this with Manathakkali (black nightshade) or sudakkai (Turkey Berry) Vathal or any other vathal .It is usually served with rice and papads. Now to the most delicious and tasty recipe-
Vatha Kuzhambu-Sundakkai Vathal Kulambu
Tamarind - lemon sized ball
Sambar powder - 2 tbsp (I used homemade sambar powder)
Sesame seed oil - 3 tbsp
Sundakkai vathal - 3 tbsp
Curry leaves - little
Salt as required
For the seasoning
Mustard - 1 tsp
Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli - 2 (break it )
Asafoetida/Hing- 1/4 tsp
Soak tamarind in approximately 3 1/2 cups of warm water and extract thick juice.Throw the pulp.
1.Heat oil (use only sesame seed oil for authentic taste ) in a heavy bottomed kadai /pan, add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add fenugreek seeds, hing, dry red chilli , curry leaves and sundakkai vathal.
2.Saute for a few minutes, then add tamarind extract, sambar powder and salt required .
3.Let it boil till the raw smell of the tamarind goes and the gravy reaches a saucy consistency.
Note - You can replace sundakkai with other vegetables like Drumstick, cluster beans, brinjals,yellow pumpkin, ladies finger, broad beans,butter beans to make this spicy South Indian kuzhambu.
Since vathals have salt in it, be cautious while adding salt to the kulambu while making it with vathals
I have already posted Drumstick Kulambu prepared in the same manner which you can refer.
You can also prepare this kulambu with a mix of pearl onions and garlic instead of sundakkai vathal.(1/2 cup pearl onion +1/2 cup garlic cloves)
Meet you all again with another interesting post, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskichen.