Kalyana Vatha kuzhambu

Kalyana vatha kuzhambu recipe | Arachuvitta vatha kuzhambu is a popular South Indian tamarind based gravy, served in Tamilnadu weddings.

Usually after a heavy wedding meal, we always crave a simple for a simple curd rice towards the end. Very long back they used to serve curd rice with pickle. Later in wedding receptions, they serve curd rice with Manathakkali vatha kuzhambu. Though we make Vatha kuzhambu at home, some how the one served in weddings is truly amazing.

My friend’s mother in law, Mrs. Kalyani who gave me the recipe of Kalyana rasam, shared with the recipe of Kalyana vatha kuzhambu | arachuvitta kuzhambu. This tasted very similar to the one served in Tamil Brahmin weddings.

At home usually I make Vatha kuzhambu with veggies like small onions, drumstick, ladies finger, brinjal, capsicum, and beetroot. Somehow kids doesn’t like adding vathals in the kuzhambu. Even we don’t eat when we were kids. Later we started liking it.

Check out our Vengaya vatha kuzhambu, Kalyana sambar. Also check out other popular recipes Thalagam kuzhambu, Keerai vadai, Milagu kuzhmabu, Kalyana mor kuzhambu and Kalyana Rava kesari.

Kalyana Vatha kuzhambu

Kalyana Vatha kuzhambu

Kalyana Vatha kuzhambu recipe

Jeyashri suresh
Tamil brahmin style vathal kuzhambu recipe
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • Lemon sized tamarind
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Manathakkali vathal
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds | Dhaniya
  • ¼ tsp methi seeds
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tbsp coconut
  • 3 red chili
  • 3 tsp sambar powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • Salt as needed
  • Jaggery a small piece
  • Curry leaves few

Instructions
 

  • Soak a small lemon sized tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes
  • Extract tamarind juice using 3 cups of water.
  • Dry roast the dhaniya, chana dal, red chili, and venthayam till golden brown.
  • Grind this along with 1 tbsp coconut
  • In a pan add 1 tbsp sesame oil.
  • Add ½ tsp mustard seeds and asafoetida.
  • Once it crackles add the Dry Manathakkali vathal.
  • Roast for a minute and keep the flame low.
  • Add the sambar powder and saute for few seconds.
  • Immediately add the tamarind extract.
  • Add the turmeric powder and salt.
  • Mix well and allow this to boil for 7 mins in medium flame.
  • Now add the ground paste.
  • Add a tiny piece of jaggery
  • Mix well and boil till this comes to the right consistency.
  • Switch off the flame and add 1 tbsp sesame oil.
  • Garnish with few curry leaves.
  • Serve with hot rice and any curry or kootu of your choice.

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Notes

1. Traditionally Manathakkali vathal or sundakkai vathal is used for making this Kalyana vatha kuzhambu.
2. If the vathal has salt in it, check and add salt.
3. Vatha kuzhambu tastes best with curd rice.
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  • Soak a small lemon sized tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes
  • Extract tamarind juice using 3 cups of water.
  • Dry roast the dhaniya, chana dal, red chili and venthayam till golden brown.
  • Grind this along with 1 tbsp coconut into a fine paste
  • In a pan add 1 tbsp sesame oil.
  • Add ½ tsp mustard seeds and asafoetida.
  • Once it crackles add the Dry Manathakkali vathal.
  • Roast for a minute and keep the flame low.
  • Add the sambar powder and saute for few seconds.
  • Immediately add the tamarind extract.
  • Add the turmeric powder and salt.
  • Mix well and allow this to boil for 7 mins in medium flame.
  • Now add the ground paste.
  • Add a tiny piece of jaggery
  • Mix well and boil till this comes to the right consistency.
  • Switch off the flame and add 1 tbsp sesame oil.
  • Garnish with few curry leaves.
  • Serve with hot rice and any curry or kootu of your choice.
Kalyana vatha kuzhambu

42 COMMENTS

  1. I know this may be a real silly question but can this be made without vattal? How important are the vatted as I don't think I have access to them. Curry looks super delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    • You can make this with other veggies like onions, red pumpkin, chow chow, Brinjal, tomato, even plain urad papad or masala papad also can br used … It is very tasty

  2. yes, you can use veggies like onions, lady's finger (okra), brinjal – it is just not vatral kolumbu but arachivita kolumbu regardless. Tastes yummy regardless:)

  3. Thanks fo this kuzhambu .. I made a mistake somewhere the first time. Today it came out yummy. So excited that I am writing this even before transferring it out of the kadai :p

  4. Hi Jeyashri…made ur vatha kuzhambu…arachu vittu…came out very well …I added onevteaspone too dal and half a teaspoon vendayam while seasoning…+ Baby aloo curry…
    Thanks
    Nisha.

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