Oct 12, 2009

Vathal kuzhumbu recipe--How to make vetral/vatha kuzhumbu- Tamilian's comfort food

   Ask a Tamilian and he would say vathal kuzhumbu and "chutta appalam"(roasted papads) is the most comfort food for him!!!!
Basically this is a gravy with a blend of spices along with some vathals (dried vegetables) or sometimes even fresh vegetables. It is believed to have medicinals values.
Dried vegetables like sundakkai (turkey berry) or manathakali (sunberry)are used. Even shallots and drumsticks are sometimes added in this gravy. There are many other varieties too.I have given a list in the ingredients section.
Vathal kuzhumbu is usually prepared in large quantities because you can store this for a long time. Infact the taste gets even better the next day.
It has been a long time since I posted a tamil recipe. There are lot of new recipes to be explored into. So till then, do try making this gravy. A perfect comfort food!!

vathal kuzhumbuIngredients-
Tuvar dal/tuvaram parappu- 2tsp
Channa dal/kadala parappu- 2tsp
Udid dal- 1tsp
Dried red chillies- 5 to 8 nos.
Whole pepper- 1/2tsp
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
Tomato - 1 small
Garlic- 3-4 cloves
Tamarind-1 lime sized lump
Turkey berry/sundakkai(1/2 cup) or shallots(1 cup) or drumsticks(1 chopped into 2"pieces) or onions(1 chopped long) or brinjals(2-3 chopped in cubes)- According to your choice
Gingelly oil-1/2tbsp
Mustard- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Asafoetida- a pinch

Method-
Heat some oil in a pan. Add the dals/parappu/lentils , dried red chillies and pepper.
Roast till the dal turn golden brown. Allow it to cool.
Then add the curry leaves , tomatoes and garlic.
Grind it to a fine paste along with tamarind.
Heat some more oil.
Add the mustard .After it crackles, add your choice of dried or fresh vegetables(as mentioned in the ingredients list above. Add salt and asafoetida. Add the ground paste. Add 2 cups of water(rinse the blender and add that water too into this).  Mix well and cook till the gravy thickens. It will take around 10-15 minutes.
Serve with hot rice and roasted appalams/papads.
You can add more sesame oil to the rice after mixing with vathal kuzhumbu.

I found some interesting vathal kuzhumbu (other than those which I have already listed above) in the blogosphere. So thought of sharing it with you all if you havent already seen.

1. Orange peel vathal kuzhumbu
2. Sweet pumpkin vathal kuzhumbu
3. Thamarai thandu vathal kuzhumbu
4. Appalam vathalkuzhumbu

33 comments:

jayasree said...

Yes, vathakuzhambu is ineed the ultimate comfort food.

Kitchen Flavours said...

That's very new to me...love the medley of lentils in the recipe...looks yum....nice blog look...

Chitra said...

Looks nice.. i too make like this but dont add tomatoes :)

Tina said...

Its completely a new recipe tome....vathakuzhambu looks spicy.

Vrinda said...

Something new to me..lovely ingredients..

Priya said...

Definitely my comfort food, yummy kuzhambu Sowmya..

roma said...

I have had this many times at friends homes.
Thanks for sharing. I am noting the recipe and will definitely try it sometime.

Preeti Kashyap said...

Was just looking for this recipe! thanks for posting it. Nice pic!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

My favorite curry and it looks very delicious and spicy too..

jeyashrisuresh said...

absolutely a comfortable food. no doubt sowmya. Ur method of making is different. Try using capsicum . will taste great.

chakhlere said...

Gravy looks very tempting dear!! Grt with jerra rice...yummmmmmmmy!!

Cham said...

I can have it the whole year and never get bored! Delicious one :)

Priyanka Navis said...

looks delicious

Indhu said...

this would be in the list of 5 things to eat on my last meal on earth... I love love vathal kozhambu... my mother makes this with karuvadaam sometimes... :)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

I love Vathakuzhambu, make it alteast twice a week. Loved yours.

lata raja said...

I vote for vatha kozhambu too! you said it with appalam most comforting.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Mouthwatering recipe. Looks so good. Really want to try this one day. YUM!

Ivy said...

This is new to me as well but the ingredients sound great.

LG said...

looks tempting Sowmya. Kozhambu, rasam are certain things which are comforters. I have not been great at health, so not able to post anything.

Vibaas said...

i so agree with you on this being a comfort food. yum!

Valarmathi said...

Wow such a delicious gravy, looks so yumm.

Shama Nagarajan said...

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Laavanya said...

That is so true.. it definitely is comfort food. I've not made with the ground dhal powder before.

VS said...

Oh Sowmya! Vathakoozhambhu looks awesome. I am drooling over its picture. I love them so much and I am missing my mom's one now.

Sush said...

the new blog template is very good Sowmya. I loved the header. The kuzhumbu looks great too :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Well said about comfort food, incredible vatha kuzhambu is everyone's fav'...i guess.

s said...

ive lived in TN long..but honestly never had this..looks real nice...perfect rice dish

notyet100 said...

curry looks yum ,..will try this ...thnks for posting authentic recipe,..

Premyscakes said...

I am always behind any variety of vatha kolumbu, going to give a try. for sure.

Anonymous said...

Hi, tried this vathal kuzhambu as per ur instructions cameout superb...Thanx a lot for ur receipe.

Keep Rocking dear.

With luv,
Cappu

Akal's Saappadu said...

vatha kozhambou with arissi vathal, hmmmm, great comfort food!

sowmya.s said...

@cappu- good to know that you loved the taste..

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