Tuesday, May 27, 2014

மணத்தக்காளி வத்தக் குழம்பு / Archaivitta Vathal Kuzhambu / Manathakkali Vathal Kuzhambu / Manathakkali Vatral Kuzhambu

This is an exclusive "Vatha Kuzhambu" recipe which I learnt from a cookery show and ofcourse I have added my own touch to it.This kind of "Vatha Kuzhambu" is served along with Curd Rice in "Wedding Reception".That's the reason I tagged it under festivals
Click this link for Onion Vatha Kuzhambu
It also goes well with Samai Curd Rice / Little Millet Curd Bhath
It is a good side dish for Curd Upma too

Part 1 - Seasoning
  • Gingelly oil - 3 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Channa dhall + Urad dhall - 1/2 teaspoon each
  • Methi seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Dried red chilly - 1 or 2
  • Hing / Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Manathakkali Vathal  / Black night shade - 2 tablespoons
  • Jaggery powder - as needed
Part 2 - Tamarind extract
  • Tamarind - big lemon sized ball
  • Luke warm water - 3 cups
  • Crystal Salt - as needed
Soak tamarind in luke warm water for 15 minutes.Squeeze the pulp and extract juice add 1 more cup of water while doing so

Part 3 - Grinding
  • Coconut pieces - 1/2 cup or less
  • Vatha Kuzhambu Podi - 2 tablespoons
  • Sambar Powder - 2 teaspoons

Refer this link for making Vatha Kuzhambu Podi

Step 1 - Paste
  • In a mixer jar grind coconut pieces, vatha kuzhambu podi and sambar powder with little water to a thick paste.Keep it ready
Step 2 - Seasoning and saute
  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds
  • Add channa/ urad dhalls and fry till it is golden brown
  • Add methi seeds, curry leaves, hing and red chilly.Saute it
  • Add manathakkali vathal and fry in it till it turns golden brown
  • Put jaggery powder and swirl it once

Step 3 - Vatha Kuzhambu
  • Pour in the tamarind extract, add salt and allow it to boil in a medium flame for 5 minutes 
  • Add the "Paste" prepared in step 1.You may wash the mixer jar with little water and pour it here.Mix well
  • Close the lid after 2 minutes and allow it to cook for another 5 minutes or so
  • Open the lid and add few curry leaves before switching off the stove

Transfer to a serving bowl and serve it as a side dish for Curd Rice / Arisi Upma