Monday, 27 December 2010

Iyengar Vatral kuzhambu

Popularly known as vatha kuzhambu, this simple curry is a speciality in Iyengar households. When there isn’t enough vegetables at home this curry comes handy and served with sutta appalam (baked pappad). The curry tastes delicious when made with manathakkali vatral. Vatral is nothing but vegetables like turkey berry(sundakkai), cluster beans(kothavarangai), manathakkali marinated in curd with salt and dried later under sunlight until they shrink without any liquid. Manathakkali has medicinal properties, the leaves and the fruit are consumed to treat mouth and stomach ulcers.

1. Tamarind - lemon sized ball soaked in 1/2 cup water.
2. Mustard + urad dal - 1tsp
3. Bengal gram - 1tsp
4. Tuar dal - 1tsp
5. Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
6. Vatral - 2tbsp
7. Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
8. Sambhar powder - 5 1/2 tsp
9. Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
10. Gingely oil - 2 1/2tbsp
11. Curry leaves - few
12. Red chilly -1

Dry roast and powder 
1. Bengal gram - 1tsp
2. Coriander seeds - 1tsp
3. Red chilly - 2

1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard+urad dal, as it begins to pop, add bengal gram, tuar dal, curry leaves split red chilly, roast until it changes colour. Add the vatral, stir for a while,  add asafoetida, and turmeric powder.
2. Add the strained tamarind water, when it begins to boil add sambhar powder, salt and let it boil for few minutes.
3. Add the roasted and powdered bengal gram, coriander seeds and red chilly.
4. Mix well, reduce the heat and let it cook on low heat until the oil separates.
5. Serve with rice.

Suggestion: I have used MTR sambhar powder, as it gives good result and moreover, I use only freshly ground masala and not in the habit of making sambhar or rasam powder, which tend to lose its flavour when stored for a long time.

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