Chinna vengaya vathakuzhumbu recipe | Tamil lunch recipes

       I have another recipe for vathakuzhumbu in this space. That is the recipe which I got from my grandmon and at our place ,we usually follow that recipe which uses tomatoes and seriously love its taste. My hubby also likes the taste and that method of preperation was quite new to him and many other relatives and friends who have had this. Do check it out here.

         When I had been to Bangalore this time, my sister’s mother in law made this vethakuzhumbu using small sambar onions. The method of preperation was little different and we loved this one too.

I have been making this one since then. It reminds of the grand sweets vethakuzhumbu mix especially when it is cooked and thickened to a paste.


  • Cuisine: indian
  • Course: main course
  • Preparation Time: 5 mins
  • Cooking Time: 15 mins


2 cups Small sambar onions/shallots- – peeled and washed
1 tbsp Sesame oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Channa dal / kadalai parappu
1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
3 – 4 Dried red chillies- pieces
pinch Asafoetida
2 tsp Sambar powder- (see recipe here)
Curry leaves- few
to taste Salt


  1. Tamarind –  1 Lemon sized lump


Soak the tamarind in warm water for 20-30 minutes. Squeeze to extract the pulp well.

Keep the pulp ready for use and discard the rest.

 Heat oil in a pan.

  1. Ingredients

    Add mustard seeds, kadalai parappu ,fenugreek seeds, and dried red chillies .
  2. Steps

    1. When it crackles, add the curry leaves and small onions.
  3. Add salt, asafoetida and sambar powder.
  4. Mix well and saute nicely for 4-5 minutes till the onions brown slightly.
  5. Then add the tamarind pulp . Mix and add around 2 glasses of water.
  6. Allow it to boil and cook till the gravy thickens really well.
  7. It will take around 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove from flame.
  9. Serve with hot rice and papads. With potato roast, it makes a great combination!
  10. You can store this in refrigerator for 3-4 days. When you are planning to store for a long time, cook for a longer time and allow it to thicken it to a paste.
  11.  While serving, add some sesame oil to hot rice.

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  1. Mouthwatering Vatha kuzhambu Sowmi

  2. looks so yum ….I want tht full spread to relish

  3. looks so yum ….I want tht full spread to relish

  4. Super delicious !! looks so inviting !!

  5. Looks Tangy n spicy!Nice pic..

  6. Priya Suresh

    Mouthwatering, love love small onions in kuzhambu..

  7. looks so temptingOngoing Giveaway:-

  8. Jayashree

    Such a tangy and delicious dish, Sowmya There’s nothing to beat curd rice with vathakozhambu. This is how I make it too.

  9. My fav combo.. vathakuzhambu and thayir sadam.. though i can never make a delicious one like a pro, I never miss the opportunity in any family marriages or other functions.. Kuzhambu looks so yummy.. Spicy and tangy

  10. I think you have a great page here… today was my first time coming here.. I just happened to find it doing a google search. anyway, good post.. I’ll be bookmarking this page for sure.


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