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Vathal kuzhambu with sun dried vegetables
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Vathal kuzhambu recipe | How to make vatha kuzhambu

Vathal kuzhambu recipe-south Indian style spicy tangy gravy with sun dried vegetables and tamarind.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 462kcal


  • 1 small lemon sized tamarnd OR 3 tablespoons tamarind pulp
  • 4 tablespoons gingely oil 2 more tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon methi seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 10 small onions
  • 1/4 cup sun dried turkey berries OR mix of sun dried vegetables
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 tablespoons sambar powder or vathal kuzhambu powder
  • 1 teaspoon jaggery
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup warm water for 15 minutes and extract thick juice. You can use 3 tablespoons ready made tamarind pulp too.
  • Heat oil in a thick pan. Temper with mustard seeds, methi seeds and curry leaves. 
  • Add peeled small onions and saute well for 2 minutes. Add the sundried vathal and mix well. 
  • Add turmeric powder, sambar powder or vatha kuzhambu powder and mix very well.
  • Add the tamarind pulp and mix well. Bring to a boil. 
  • Add 2 cups water. Season with salt. Let the kuzhambu boil for 7-8 minutes. Then simmer for 6-7 minutes. The kuzhambu will thicken well. Add jaggery and mix well.
  • Once the gravy reaches the desired consistency, add 2 tablespoons gingely oil and remove from flame. Mix well. Serve vathal kuzhambu hot with steamed rice.


Calories: 462kcal