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Vatral Kuzhambu

Kara Kuzhambu

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

Traditional dish of Chettinad.This kuzhambu is prepared using bitter-nut vatral(dried) or manathakazhi vatral.

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • tamarind pulp - 1/2 cup
    • mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
    • urad dhal - 1 tsp
    • pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
    • red chillies - 4 no.
    • bitter nut vatral or manathakazhi vatral(used to look like green peas) - 10-15 no.s
    • asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
    • rice flour - 1 tsp(mixed well in 1/2 cup warm water)
    • refined oil - 1 tbsp
    • salt - to taste
    • chopped coriander leaves - 1 tsp


    1. Heat little oil in a kadai and fry urad dhal, crushed pepper corns,red chillies,asafoedita powder.
    2. Take this mixture out and grind to a smooth paste.
    3. Heat the remaining oil put mustard seeds , curry leaves, bitter nut vatral.
    4. Add the tamarind pulp ,salt and ground chilli paste.Bring this to boil till the tamarind aroma subsides .
    5. Add rice flour paste and remove from the fire when this kuzhambu becomes thick.
    6. Add the chopped coriander leaves.Serve hot with rice.


    christy gerald

    christy gerald

    Please don't forget to add water - 2 cups and bring the whole mixture to boil before adding the rice paste.