Jun 8, 2011

Vathakulambu(Spicy Tamarind Gravy)

This is my mums favorite dish.She loves this any time of the day,actually when  I make this dish,what she usually do is,she keep this in the fridge and have it for atleast a few days..As you can see the colour of the dish came from kashmiri dry red chillies which has less spice but more colour.Traditionally a ingredient called chundakkai is used...If you can’t find it you could simply leave it. This vegetable can be found fresh in certain super markets..When I made this dish I forgot to add pepper,so please don’t be like me...I served this with capsicum dal and steamed rice...I hope you all will give it a try and let me know what you think...

Onion-1 chopped
Garlic-10 cloves
Tamarind juice / Puli Karaisal-1 cup
Mustard seeds / Kaduku-1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeera -1 tsp
Curry leaves-a handful
Oil- 4 tblspn
Chundakkai / Dried Turkey Berry-2 tblspn (optional)
Salt to taste

For Masala paste:

Coriander seeds / Malli-2 tblspn
Dry red chillies-10(I used kashmiri chilli)
Urad dal / Ulundam paruppu-1 tblspn
Channa dal / Kadalai Paruppu-1 tblspn
Rice-1 tblspn
Cumin / Jeerakam-2 tsp
Pepper / Nalla Milagu-1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds / Vendayam-1 tsp
Garlic-6 cloves


In a kadai add 1 tsp of oil and let it heat up.Then fry all the ingrediants given for masala paste till golden.Remove and set it aside to cool.Make a smooth paste out of it by adding some water.

Heat oil in a kadai,crackle some curry leaves and garlic in oil.Add in onions and fry for 1 min.

Add in the masala paste and cook for 3 min.

Pour in the tamarind juice and mix well.Pour some water and season with salt.

Let this come to a boil..Simmer for 10-15 min.

Make seasoning by crackling some cumin,mustard and chundaikai(if using) in hot oil.Pour this over the gravy and let it simmer for 10 min.

Serve hot with Steamed rice and papad.


Grab your ingrediants
These are the exotic spices you need for masala
Roast your spices

Put it in a blender

make into a fine paste

Saute garlic,curry leaves in oil

add in onions and cook till translucent

add the ground paste

Cook till oil separates

Add tamarind juice



Make seasonings

Pour it over the gravy




sangee vijay said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG...mouth watering kuzhambu..very interesting kuzhambu recipe...bookmarked...you made me hungry now...drooling over here....

Biny Anoop said... Best Blogger Tips

u r tempting me really...i love the colour ...must be so tangy and looking so thick....love it

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Lip smacking and mouthwatering gravy. Excellent colour.

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Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

i loveeee vathakulambhu, never made it....i'm drooling over here...ur curry looks very tempting..i would certainly not mind if u pass the bowl to me :)...Thank u so much for the recipe. going to do this for lunch tmrw...

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

hey aarthi are u from nagercoil?

julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy n spicy gravy!!Thats lovely description of the gravy..I would like to have it with steamed rice..

DD said... Best Blogger Tips

its tangy mouth watery recipe...

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Federica said... Best Blogger Tips

un piatto super!!baci!

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

this sure looks a flavourful dish..spicy n tangy..

Krithi's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow... the color is so inviting.. want some white rice now.. heavenly combo...

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Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Omg, tonguetickling kuzhambu, seriously the click itself speaks a lot,marvellous!!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said... Best Blogger Tips

The look itself is delicious :)

muppy said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks incredible, and thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Lyndsey said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks amazing, I love the color. I can imagine how good it tastes.

Raina said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks really yummy! I can see why your mum loves it:)

Nithya said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious vathakozhambu. Should be great with rice and appalam :)

SouthIndianHome said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious Vethakuzhambu

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Sandra said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks so good! Ohh I love that rich red color..awesome recipe!!!

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@chitra..yes i am from nagercoil..Where are you from??

Food Glorious Food! said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks HOt Hot Hot! Wonderfully cooked! Gorgeous color and nouth watering!

Jane Hamilton said... Best Blogger Tips

My mouth is watering so much, my keyboard is in danger of getting drenched!! hehe....Wow! this vathakozhambu would be yummy with steaming hot rice, and we should follow this with thick curd on rice and pickle... YUMMMMM I love our cuisine!! Don't you? It's the best in the world!!

Thanks for another fab recipe, Aarthi!

Prathibha said... Best Blogger Tips

looks yummy..nice tangy curry

mia xara said... Best Blogger Tips

Aarthi I just love the way you've presented the preparation and your dish looks amazing!!I wish I were able to find all the spices to make it!!!Have a great day!!

Mugdha said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy,tangy and colorfull gravy...

Priya Sreeram said... Best Blogger Tips

thumbs up to the yummy delight !

Vardhini said... Best Blogger Tips

Terrific .. looks so yummy.

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Joanne said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the flavor of tamarind! This looks delicious!

shriannalakshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

OMg,no words to express.Utterly mouth watering,the dish will taste more as you have prepared in an earthware.

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

i'm from nagercoil

Faith said... Best Blogger Tips

What a flavorful gravy this is! I love its deep, rich color!

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks wonderful deliciously done

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

i tried this gravy today it was so tasty..super duper hit!!!! thanks a lot for the recipe.... :)

Mrs K said... Best Blogger Tips

You got to be kidding' .....I am in love with the color and can't seem to get enough of it and the garlic and curry leaves...I wish I could have this with some steamed rice NOW...drools ....mmmm...mmmmm

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

hi arthi

your recipes are really nice.i tried this kulambu but a complete flop.the taste was ok but the kulambu itself while cooking it started to stick on the bottom of the vessel and also it was a bit sticky is it coz of methi seeds.can u help me coz i love this recipe.


Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't think that it is because of the methi seeds..Vathakulambu needs to be simmered for a long time to get those flavours. So you should not use thin vessels like steel or something like that..I would advice you to keep the flame always on low and use the earthern ware pots or use a non stick post that will work fine.Hope you will try it again and tell me how it turned out.

Sugan said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks yummy and mouthwatering. Will try it today. Your step by step pictorial approach for recipes are excellent and the effort must be appreciated.

morri said... Best Blogger Tips

I had the same problem as vid - the mixture started to stick very quickly. I had to keep stirring and adding water all the time, so it wouldn't burn. I'll use a thick-bottomed pot next time.

Other than that, it seems like a good gravy.

Shravanthi said... Best Blogger Tips

Hii I loved this recipe. Can you suggest what I can substitute for sundakkai, cos they are not avlble here?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shravanthi Just skip it, there is no substitute for that

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shravanthi Just skip it, there is no substitute for that

MonicaRajagopal said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Arthi,
I tried this recipe today and it came out really gud. Thanks for the recipe.☺

Evance said... Best Blogger Tips

Mind Blowing. Have never seen a clean description like this before for this curry. Keep up the good work. By the way, are you anywhere near to Chetti Theru in Nagercoil?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Evanceyes i am from chetty street..u live there.

shiga selvam said... Best Blogger Tips

Bookmarked this yummy curry... ll prepare it tomorrow

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures :). Your recipes are just fabulous. Have tried quite a few of them which I wouldn't otherwise have attempted. Keep rocking Aarthi!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi I'm Lavanya from US . This looks so yummy I follow lot of ur recepies . The only recepies I try after my moms ! Urs turns really well all the time . It's just been few months now I started cooking in life that's after I m married now . I make mistake in making Kara kozhambu coz I don't know how to use tamarind concentrate paste I use tamicon strong concentrate u can tell me how many spoons to dissolve in how much ml of water for this recepie. As I'm craving to have this after seeing your pics. And tell me if I wanna add brinjal n mochai in this which stage I must add ? And that too dried mochai . Pls guide me ? And my poori doesn't comes well my mom says I shouldn't cook it in gingelly oil.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousthat tamarind depends on your taste..Start using 1 tsp and u can add it directly to curries too..Tatse it if u need more you can add.

And brinjal add it along with onion and garlic. Mochai, cook it first and then add it.

Nothing should be fried in gingelly oil..Use vegetable oil or any other refined oil

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

@AarthiAarthi thanks for ur reply I cooked it today . It turned well but wasn't ur color as I added normal red chillies .

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymoussince i used kashmiri chillies it gave red colour

Baskaran said... Best Blogger Tips

Fiery red perhaps due to Kashmiri chillies!! and hot yet outrageously yum and tempting. Bookmarked recipe

How is the heat level of this gravy perhaps addition of a pinch of jaggery will balnce the heat

Anu Reddy said... Best Blogger Tips



Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anu Reddyno need to wash, just add it in, reduce salt in this cury