Vathal (Origin: Tamil) means any sort of Sun-dried veggies and Kuzhambhu (Origin: Tamil) means Gravy. Usually, as the name says, Vathal kuzhambhu is made either with sun-dried veggies or with onions. But, here i made it as a combination of Onions and Vathal in a spicy tamarind gravy.

  • Sundakkai Vathal (Dried Turkey Berry) - 1/4 cup
  • Tamarind - Lemon size ball
  • Small onions - 1 cup, peeled
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp extra hot or 2 tsp mild-medium hot.
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as required
  • Dried Red chillies - 2 or 3
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Onion Vadagams - few, fried
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp (optional)
How to make it:

Soak tamarind in 2-3 cups of warm water and mash well. Extract the pulp in a bowl. Add chilli powder, sambar powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt. Mix well. Heat oil in a deep bottom pan, add red chillies and mustard seeds and when it splutters, add urad dal and channa dal. Add onions and fry for a while. Add the vathal and fry until it turns brown. Add the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add sugar and let it boil on low flame until oil separates. Add curry leaves and the fried onion vadagams. For a thicker gravy, add rice flour mixed with little water and let it cook on medium heat for 2 more minutes. Serve hot with rice along with fried papad or potato fry (Click Here and here for recipe) to make it a beautiful combo. Add a tbsp of gingelly oil, if preferred! Enjoy!

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8 Responses
  1. Very new berry and new recipe for me. Sounds really good :)

  2. Priya Says:

    Awesome kuzhambu, am drooling rite now here..with sutta applam and rice, omg this kuzhambu tastes too divine..

  3. very new recipe... looks yum!

  4. Valarmathi Says:

    Wow.... i love this, looks awesome and delicious.

  5. super.. parkavey nalla irukku... nice click..

  6. Nithu Bala Says:

    Wow! Vathal kuzhambu is my favourite..lovely recipe..beautiful click:-)

  7. Priti Says:

    This is so new to me and looks delicious...just loved it

  8. Dershana Says:

    love vathal kuzhambu, a regular staple at home along with some paruppu and roasted pappadum.