Vathakuzhambu/ Vathal kuzhambu (Dried Vegetables Curry)

Vathakuzhambu/ Vathal kuzhambu (Dried Vegetables Curry)

A tangy side dish for rice prepared with "vathals". Vathals are dried vegetables like pavakka (bitter gourd), sundakkai ( turkey berry), mathankalikai (black night shade), tamara kizhangu (lotus stem) etc. This one is made with bitter gourd vattal, which can be substituted by any other vathal or a mixture of many.

Meenakshy Ramachandran


  1. 10 Vathal
  2. 2 Tablespoons Gingely Oil
  3. 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  4. 1/2 Teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds
  5. 2 Red Chilli
  6. 2 Tablespoons Masala Sambar Powder / Vathakuzhambu
  7. Tamarind
  8. 2 Tablespoons Pepper Powder
  9. 1 Teaspoon Jaggery
  10. 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  11. 1 Teaspoon Rice powder
  12. 3 Tablespoons Chana Dal
  13. 3 Tablespoons Urad Dal
  14. 5 Chillies Red


15 mins
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    Add gingely oil to a pan. When the oil is heated, fry vathal. Keep it aside.

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    To a little heated oil, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chilies and curry leaves.

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    Add sambar powder or vathakuzhambu masala and saute till golden brown. Sambar powder can be substituted by vathakuzhambu masala. To prepare vathakuzhambu masala, grind roasted chana dal, urad dal and red chilies.

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    Add tamarind water to it. Add pepper powder, jaggery and the fried vathals and keep stirring till the consistency becomes thick. Rice flour paste can be added to improve consistency.

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    Serve hot with rice.

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