February 8, 2010

Sundakkai vatha kuzhambu

This vatha kuzhambu is prepared either with dried or fresh sundakkai. This time I bought dried one from India during my last visit. I made plain cabbage poriyal to go with this main dish. It taste just divine.
Even the store bought vatha kuzhambu powder can be used, but I am sure the homemade powder will make a big difference in taste. I never forget to serve this dish along with pappads. (If the fresh sundakkai is used, add them after frying the tomatoes.) I like to have this with rotis & dosas too. Its yummy :)

Ingredients :
  1. Dry sundakkai - 1/4 cup
  2. Finely chopped onion - 1 no
  3. Tomato - 1 no
  4. Tamarind puree - 1 cup (diluted in water)
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  6. Chilly powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  7. Water - 1/2 cup
  8. Oil - 4 tsp
  9. Jaggery or sugar - a pinch
  10. Salt to taste

For tempering :

  1. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  2. Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  3. Red chillies - 4 nos
  4. Curry leaves - 1 tbsp
  5. Channa dal - 1 tsp
  6. A pinch of hing

For vatha kulambu powder :

  1. Corriander seeds - 1 tsp
  2. Toor dal - 2 tsp
  3. Channa dal - 2 tsp
  4. Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  5. Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
  6. Pottu kadalai - 2 tsp
  7. Red chillies - 4 nos
  8. A pinch of hing

Dry roast these ingredients & grind them to fine powder.

Method :

1. Heat oil in the pan, add the seasonings. When the mustard crackles, add the finely chopped onion & saute till tender.

2. Add finely chopped riped tomatoes & salt to taste.

3. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder & saute. Add the tamarind juice. Cover & cook till it becomes thick consistency.

4. Add grounded spice powder & a pinch of jaggery. Cook for 3 more mins.

5. Add the sundakkai vathal & cook for 4 more mins. If needed add some water & additional salt.

Serve with rice.


6 comments :

Asha said...

Masala sounds so good and that color makes me drool.

Sathya Sankar said...

The kuzhambu looks very rich and delicious...

Tina said...

Spicy and yummy kuzhambu...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Spicy, tangy gravy... I am not sure if we get the sunddaikai here, have tried a few shops but no luck!!! So tempting and mouthwatering!!!

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notyet100 said...

just need bowl of rice to finish this off

sowmya.s said...

i make it a little different..yours looks yumm..

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