GravyAppalam vatha kuzhambhu (pappads in tamarind gravy)

Appalam vatha kuzhambhu (pappads in tamarind gravy)

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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  1. 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..

  2. 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 mousse looks yummy too…

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

  4. //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.

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

    very tempting click.
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  6. 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.

  7. 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..


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