VATHAL KULAMBU


This is always seen in the south Indian platter,and those who have tasted the south Indian

food,would not have missed this curry.With hot steaming rice this is awesome.You can try

the same with ladies finger,drumstick ,or any dried vegetables like figs ,bittergourd ,or

only small onions,it gives a good flavor.Today i’m going to give you a recipe with

dried turkeyberry /bitterberry (sundakai in tamil).

Turkey berry has a slight bittertaste,and is widely used in ayurvedic medicines too.It is

good for stomach ailments like ulcers,and also to get rid of intestinal worms.It is

considered to be a powerful antioxidant and a relief for kidney and liver

disorders,diabetes,heart ailments,and many more benefits.

This curry taste depends on the spice powder you are  going to prepare beforehand.So now

for the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

A handful of dried berry (if using fresh crush lightly ,wash and soak in light buttermilk)

8-9 whole garlic peeled

10-15 whole red onions(small)

1 tblsp.gram dal

1/2 tsp.mustard seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds(optional)

1/4 tsp.asafoetida powder

1-2 dry chillies

few curry leaves

1 tomato(optional)

2-3 tblsp.gingelly/sesame oil

1 lemon sized ball of tamarind thick extract (1 cup)

1-2 tblsp jaggery grated

salt to taste.

For the vathal kulambu powder

5-6 dry red chillies

2 tblsp.coriander seeds

2 tblsp.urad dal (ulundu)

2 tblsp.tuvar dal

1/2 tsp.fenugreek seeds(venthiam)

1 tblsp rice

1 tsp.cummin seeds

1/2 tsp peppercorns

few curry leaves (optional)

METHOD

Dry roast all the ingredients and powder.This can be made beforehand and stored.

For the curry

Heat oil,add the onions and saute till its translucent.Add tomato and saute with a little salt

Remove from pan ,and grind this coarsely (you can make without grinding too).In the

same oil ,add the mustard seeds,asafoetida,fenugreek seeds dry chillies,gram dal,the berry

and the garlic (if using fresh berry saute a few minutes more).

If you are not grinding the onion and tomato ,add the berries  directly to the onion.

Now add tamarind extract ,and enough water.Allow to boil and add the prepared powder

and simmer till thick.Add jaggery and remove from fire.Serve with hot rice.

Note:If you are using drumstick or ladies finger or any vegetable ,substituting berry,saute

the vegetables till they are cooked tender  in the oil,and then add the powder.

 

 

 

 

 

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