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This was lying in my draft for a looooooooooong time.  And bear with the pictures as these are taken totally in cloudy day. 

Vathal  or Vatral Kuzhumbu who don't love this tongue tickling dish.  This tastes heaven when served with hot steaming Rice and Pappad.  There are so many version's of Vathal or Vatral Kuzhambu you can make. Each house has their own versions some they do with garlic and shallots, without garlic and shallots, With vathal, Without vathal.. etc .  Some they add sambar powder, some only coriander and fenugreek seeds.  Whatever it is this tastes divine with right amount of sourness, spiciness.  This is one of my version. You can add your favorite Vathal or vatrals according to your choice.  

There are so many vatrals you can make using
Okra (Vendaikkai)
Vazhaipoo (My mom used to make this)

Now For this recipe I used Sundakkai and Vazhaipoo vathals.


Ingredients :

Vazhaipoo and sundaikkai vathal - each Handful
Tamarind extract - from 1 lemon sized ball
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp + 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp ( increase or decrease according to your variety of chilli powder some will be very spicy)
Rice flour - 1 tsp ( add if more needed, sometime don't even add, mostly this is needed when your making more kuzhambu)
Curry leaves - few
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Shallots - 10 ( chopped into 2 pieces)
Garlic - 10 ( chopped into 2 pieces)
Water - 2 cups
Gingelly oil - 6 tbsp

Method :

1. Heat the oil in the pan. Now add the vathal in small batches, they pops up now drain them in keep in a plate.  Repeat for all vathals. Keep it aside.
2.Now in the same oil, add the mustard seeds, once it splutters, add the fenugreek seeds. When this seeds becomes light brown in color.
3. Add the Onion and garlic with some curry leaves, saute for till they are golden brown in color.  When this is happening.
4.On otherside dry fry the Coriander seeds and fenugreek seeds slightly and make to fine powder.
5. Now to the fried onion garlic mixture, add the powdered mixture.
6. Add chilli powder, saute them. 
7. Now add the tamarind extract. And 2 cups of water.
8. Let it cook until the raw smell of tamarind disappeares and the amount reduces to 1 cup.
9. If you find the consistency is not thick as you prefer, add the riceflour diluted in water.  Now let it boil for a couple of minutes.
10. Now add the fried vathal and close with the lid. Put off the flame.

This tastes great the next day or after few hours.

Enjoy with steaming rice and pappad served with gingelly oil !!!

Sanctified Spaces  – (June 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM)  

Home style cooking at its best.Awesome.

aipi  – (June 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM)  

That sounds like such a comfort food, very new recipe and I loved it :)
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Cool Lassi(e)  – (June 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM)  

Mouthwatering Kuzhambhu. Lovely shot but why is the picture so small? You usually post large pictures. Hey, are you in India?

Hari Chandana P  – (June 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM)  

Traditional and delicious recipe.. looks yummy !!
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divya  – (June 13, 2011 at 11:06 AM)  

Looks lovely and delicious.. love the presentation too :)

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi  – (June 13, 2011 at 11:12 AM)  

love such traditional recipes. looks so lovely and creamy.

Hamaree Rasoi  – (June 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM)  

Lovely clips of a delicious looking kuzhambu.

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My Inspired Reality  – (June 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM)  

So delicious, the last photo makes me want to sit down for that great looking meal:):)

Prathima Rao  – (June 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM)  

Lovely, teasing usual!!! Looks finger licking good !!
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Unknown  – (June 13, 2011 at 1:05 PM)  

Very new dish and ingredients dear, love the sound of it :)

Chitra  – (June 13, 2011 at 2:40 PM)  

love vathalkuzhambhu...ur curry looks very inviting..

Nitha  – (June 13, 2011 at 2:59 PM)  

The curry looks so delicious..

Priya Suresh  – (June 13, 2011 at 3:21 PM)  

Slurp,fingerlicking kuzhambu, love to enjoy with some fried papads and rice..

Unknown  – (June 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM)  

Never had vazhai poo in vathal kuzhambu. looks delicious dear.

Pushpa  – (June 13, 2011 at 5:29 PM)  

Comforting and spicy vatha kuzhambu.Love it.

Vardhini  – (June 13, 2011 at 10:44 PM)  

I have used sundakai but not vazhaipoo .. love vatha kuzhambu .. looks so yummy.

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Aruna Manikandan  – (June 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM)  

love vathal kuzhambu a lot...
vazhaipoo sounds new to me...
looks perfect and delicious dear :)

Sarah  – (June 14, 2011 at 3:12 AM)  

the pics are stunning! I've eaten this before but never made it.. will have to try this out :) Im sure it was absolutely yummy!

GEETHA ACHAL  – (June 14, 2011 at 6:09 AM)  

ரொம்ப அருமையான இருக்கு...அப்படியே எனக்கும் பார்சல் ப்ளிஸ்...

Raks  – (June 14, 2011 at 6:19 AM)  

Yummy vathal kuzhambu! Vazhai poo vathal is so new to me... Pics are super bright pavi! No worries!

Sravs  – (June 14, 2011 at 8:16 AM)  

Very new to me !! looks so interesting and wonderful !!

Zareena  – (June 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM)  

The clicks are amazingly superb as usual. My all time fav.

San  – (June 14, 2011 at 1:04 PM)  

Spicy ,yummy and tangy gravy. Liked your side esp papad.

Magic of Spice  – (June 14, 2011 at 8:48 PM)  

What a lovely dish and such great flavors...looks gorgeous too :)

BeenaShylesh  – (June 15, 2011 at 7:30 AM)  

wow super dear....looks supoer presentation

Unknown  – (June 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM)  

dried vazhaipoo is new for me, did know it can be used in kuhambu! looks so nice!

Nithu  – (June 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM)  

My favorite. Love it. I would like to invite you to our "Quick and easy recipe mela" and enter your recipe. We would be glad to see your participation. Thanks.

Anu Nandu  – (June 19, 2011 at 9:46 PM)  

Vetha kozhambu looks tangy and lipsmacking. Are you still having loads of fun in India - eat up lots of goodies thinking of me!

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