Vathal Kuzhambu/Sundakkai Vatha Kuzhumbu

Vathal Kuzhambu is one my most favorites. Vathal kulambhu is an easy dish which we normally make at home. This is very simple and tasty kuzhumbu. No need to grind any masala or coconut. I love to eat sundakkai vathal simply with sambar, rasam, curd rice. It is rich in iron and have lot of health benefits. One main thing is it can help you to get rid of worms in tummy.

Serves : 2-3

Prep Time : 10 mins      Cooking Time : 20 mins


Sundakkai Vathal (dry Turkey Berry) : 20 -25

Shallots/pearl onion : 8 chopped

Tamarind : Gooseberry sized

Sambar powder : 2-3 tsp

Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp

Jaggery : 1/2 tsp

Curry Leaves : few

Salt to taste

To Temper:

Sesame Oil : 2 tbsp

Mustard Seed : 1 tsp

Methi seeds : 1/2 tsp

cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp

Method :

  1. Soak tamarind in hot water for 10 mins. Extract tamarind juice by adding water to 2 – 2.5 cups. Set aside. Chop onions.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai, temper with tempering ingredients. Then add chopped shallots with curry leaves. Saute it till golden brown in color. Now add in tamarind extract with sambar powder, turmeric powder, jaggery along with required salt. Mix and allow it to boil.

3. In other side heat some oil in kadai, fry sundakkai and mix it with kuzhumbu. Allow it to boil until oil gets seperate. Turn off heat when the kuzhambu gets thick.


Serve with white rice along with kootu, poriyal.

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