Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kalyana Vatha Kuzhambu | South Indian Kuzhambu Recipe

 Kalyana Vatha Kuzhambu --Slurrp ,This would be my 1st choice  whenever i go to wedding functions.Its famous south Indian kuzhambu  usually served in hindu marriages and even other family functions.

Learnt this recipe from my SIL.Its very tangy and tasty curry goes well with steamed rice ,Served with any curry or thuvaiyal or sutta appalam.

Preparation Time - 15 mins
Cooking Time -20-25 mins
Serves - 6


Tamarind - 1 Lemon size ball
Pearl onions - 15 nos
Garlic Pods - 10
Tomato - 2 small
Sambar Powder - 2 tspn
Kuzhambu Milaga Powder - 1 1/2 tspn
Dried Manathakkali Vathal /Black night shades - 1 hand fistful
Jaggery - a small blueberry size
Salt - To taste

To Grind

Grated Coconut - 2 Tbspn
Poppy Seeds - 1 tspn

To Temper

Gingelly oil - 1/4 cup
Fenugreek seeds -1/4 tspn
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tspn
Urad Dal - 1/2 tspn
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tspn
Toor dal - 1 tspn
Curry leaves -2 sprig
Hing - 1/2 tspn


*Grind the coconut and poppy seeds to a very smooth paste.

*Grind 1 tomato to a coarse paste without adding water.

*Soak the tamarind in hot water & extract 2 cups of  tamarind water.

*In this water add ground tomato paste+sambar pdr+kuzhambu milagai pdr+salt and mix well.
 *In a vessel add oil and temper the ingredients under 'To temper ',then add the manathakkalai vathal and fry it.
 *Then add garlic pods+pearl onions,saute well.then add 1 chopped tomato,saute it well until the tomato turns mushy.
 *Now add the tamarind water,boil it well
 *Once the raw smell goes,add the coconut paste,boil it for another 10 mins in low flame.
 *Put the flame in very low,the oil will be floats on top,once the gravy starts to thick,add the jaggery  mix well and switch off the flame.

*Serve with hot rice & Sutta Appalam..Its Divine combo..

*Its can be stored upto 1 week at room temperature.


*It also goes well with Idli & Dosa.

*Try to use pearl onion & gingelly oil for authentic taste.

*Instead of Manathakkali vathal you can replace with dried turkey berry vathal (sundakkai vathal) / any other dried vathal / Drumstick / Brinjal etc..

*Dont skip the jaggery,it enhances the taste.

*Here i used storebought sambar pdr & homemade kuzhambu milagai pdr.

*Instead of kuzhambu milagai pdr you can replace with red chilly pdr & dhania pdr.