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Appalam vatha kuzhambhu (pappads in tamarind gravy)

by Jeyashri suresh
Vatha kuzhambhu is always a super hit in my family and generally i make it by adding some veggies to it. We can use okra, capsicum,small onions,drumstick and any veggie of ur own choice. My mom makes with black channa and appalam also. Check out my vengaya vathakuzhambu and arachuvitta vathakuzhambu recipe. But after marriage, i never made this with appalam. Last night when i was speaking to my friend, she was asking me the recipe for appalam kuzhambhu.
This taste so yum,when accompanied by parruppu usili.

Appalam vatha kuzhambu

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 2-3

     Appalam | papad   2
    Tamarind extract   2 cups
Sambar powder 3 tsp
    Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
    Salt  as needed
    Sesame oil   2 tsp
    Jaggery  1 tsp
    Asafoetida  a pinch
    Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
    Venthayam | methi seeds   1/4 tsp
    Curry leaves few
    Red chili   2

appalam vatha kuzhambhu

  • Soak Tamarind in hot water and extract juice from this using 2 cups of water.
  • Throw away the pulp.
  • Cut the appalams in to small pieces.
  • In a kadai, heat the oil and  temper with mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and red chilles.
  • When done, throw in the appalams and fry for a minute.
  • The appalams will get fried.
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  • Now add the tamarind extract, sambar powder,turmeric powder, salt, asafoetida and jaggery to it.


  • Allow it to boil for 10 – 12 mins in medium flame.
  • When it reaches the desired consistency, switch off the flame.
  • Add a tsp of sesame oil to it.
  • Add the curry leaves to it.
  • Enjoy with hot rice.

vatha kuzhambhu
I served with Kootu made with chow chow. Appalam has salt in it so please add salt accordingly.

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RAKS KITCHEN June 7, 2010 - 2:49 pm

Never tasted this vatha kuzhambu,will try once,mousse looks very tempting,I bought a bunch of mangoes from lil india,will sure try for vj!

admin June 7, 2010 - 3:03 pm

thanks for the quick comment raji, The mango mousse tasted really yum, go for it.

Rachana Kothari June 7, 2010 - 3:05 pm

The curry looks tempting and so does the mango mousse...
Belated Anniversary wishes dear 🙂

Priti June 7, 2010 - 3:33 pm

I make pappad sabji diff way..never tried with tamarind...looks gud..Love the mousse..looks delish

Sushma Mallya June 7, 2010 - 3:48 pm

pappads in gravy, now thats something very interesting...seems like a must try one...and mango mousse is just so yum,would love to try both these yummy dishes...and hope you had a great memorable anniversary..

Suja Sugathan June 7, 2010 - 4:21 pm

Sounds interesting recipe..looks tempting..must try this and mango mousse looks so yum.

SE June 7, 2010 - 4:22 pm

very interesting in using papads in a gravy..

Nostalgia June 7, 2010 - 4:28 pm

Never heard of this curry. It sure does look nice.

Home Cooked Oriya Food June 8, 2010 - 12:22 am

Happy Anniv. Looks yum!

admin June 8, 2010 - 2:52 am

thanks for ur wishes friends.

Subhashini June 8, 2010 - 6:17 am

first time in your blog.i liked your all recipes.gonna follow you

Priya June 8, 2010 - 7:23 am

Yummy vatha kuzhambu with papads, looks very tempting..

My heart anniversary wishes dear, mango mousse looks awesome and yum!

Life is beautiful!!! June 8, 2010 - 11:55 am

Looks extremely delicious 🙂 Happy wedding anniversary !! A bit late but thats OK.

பாஸ்கரன் சுப்ரமணியன் June 9, 2010 - 2:46 am

வாழ்த்துக்கள் ...!

உணவும் செய்முறை விளக்கமும் அருமை ..!

Chitra June 9, 2010 - 9:49 am

I had tried this vathakulambu very long back. bookmarked ur recipe..will try out soon. Mango mousse looks very nice..bookmarked tat too 🙂

Malar Gandhi June 9, 2010 - 11:50 am

Love appala kuzhambu' my mother keeps making them for my lil brother...so tastee. Urs looks awesome:)

PALATABLE June 9, 2010 - 5:12 pm

Happy Anniversary dear, this gravy is new to me but looks so delicious and love that mousse too...


Jagruti જાગૃતિ June 9, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Wow Jeya papad curry looks delicious..I had this curry about 20 yrs ago..forgot about it totally but never added tamarind..and yes I made your version of capsicum rice..came out so well..big hit in my family..mango mousse looks yummy too...

தக்குடுபாண்டி June 11, 2010 - 11:29 am

first belated wishes for your marraige aniversry akka!...;)

appalam yepudi porikkanumnu photo pootta jeyashri akkavukku oru j poodungappa..;P nie photos and antha last photola irukkara maathiri oru platela pootu yaaravathu cook panni thanthaa yevloo suuuperaa irukkum??..;)

LK June 11, 2010 - 3:07 pm

அக்கோவ், என்னை மாதிரி ஆங்கிலம் தெரியாத மக்களுக்காக தமிழில் பதிவிட்டால் என்ன???

தக்குடுபாண்டி June 11, 2010 - 3:12 pm

//அக்கோவ், என்னை மாதிரி ஆங்கிலம் தெரியாத மக்களுக்காக தமிழில் பதிவிட்டால் என்ன???// hello Lk, yenga akkavai yenna Thakkudu maathiri local aalunu nenacheelaa? she have international readers.

Akka, neenga englishlaiyee continue pannungo akka! Thakkudu support is always with u only.

admin June 11, 2010 - 3:19 pm

unnga allavukku ennaku tamil nalla varadhae.

Madhu's Culinary June 12, 2010 - 1:53 pm

Belated Happy Wedding Anniversary!!!!
Appalam vatha kuzhambu is very nice. Me gonna try this next time.

Aruna Manikandan June 13, 2010 - 10:13 am

sounds interesting and new to me!!!
Thx. for sharing dear 🙂

Jay June 13, 2010 - 11:23 am

Hot rice, a tsp of ghee and vatha kuzhambu...thats divine..!

very tempting click.
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Padhu June 13, 2010 - 3:09 pm

Vatha kulambu with appalam .I have never tried this .Sure to try this

Vidhya June 13, 2010 - 3:58 pm

gravy sounds tempting. this is new to me, I'll sure try this one!!!

Sayantani June 13, 2010 - 6:04 pm

Wow I love Papad curries and also have one variation of this which I have posted in my blog too. love your version with tamarind paste. must have been very tangy and real yum.

GayathriRaj June 14, 2010 - 3:22 am

hey yaar thats a gr8 thought of papad and tamarind gravy...to good and yummy looking....:)
And the mouse is also too good yaar...

Vidhya June 14, 2010 - 5:22 am

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I am following you, so that I can have in touch with your blog.

Sarah Naveen June 14, 2010 - 2:01 pm

Awesome curry..bookmarking it!!!

SpicyTasty June 14, 2010 - 4:13 pm

wow!! I am drooling here. Really yummy recipe. never tried adding papad in vatha kozhambhu. Must be delicious.

PranisKitchen June 15, 2010 - 3:40 pm

vatha kuzhambu is looks delicious.sure will try this traditional recipe..really best curry for rice..yummm
Happy Wedding Anniversary jayasri..Hope u had a wonderful time.the mango mousse super one nice treat for ur family on this special day..

தக்குடுபாண்டி June 16, 2010 - 10:43 am

Thanks for your wishes my friends!!!

(akka vanthaalum ithaithaan sollapooranga,jeyashri akka konjam busy athaan thakkudu yellarukkum thanks solliyaachu)...:)

Ramya Arun June 25, 2010 - 4:46 pm

Tried this recipe as the picture looked tempting.Turned out realy tasty.Thanks for the recipe.

Suhaina July 6, 2010 - 3:01 am

Belated anniversary wishes Jayashri, vathakulambu is making me drool. yumm. mango mousse looks yummy too.

Shanthi October 20, 2010 - 7:49 am

Nostalgia... my mom ,makes it very well. Love the texture.


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