GravyVendhaya keerai kara kuzhambu | Methi leaves gravy

Vendhaya keerai kara kuzhambu | Methi leaves gravy

South Indian kuzhambhu recipes

Last weekend when i went to the nearby Indian shop, found a fresh bunch of methi leaves there. After that made the vendaya keerai sambar and also methi thepla too. Just casualy looking for some methi leaves recipes around the net and found this vendaya keerai kara kuzhambu here. So i tried this yesterday and it tasted out of the world. I slightly tweaked the recipe according to my preference. The aroma of the kuzhambhu is filled around the house and enjoyed it very much.
Vendhaya keerai kara kuzhambu

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 6

     Vethaya keerai | methi leaves    1/2 cup
      Small onions |shallots    20
      Garlic    10
      Tamarind    a lemon sized piece
      Sambar powder    2 tsp
      Red chili powder     1 tsp
      Coriander powder    1 tsp
      Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
      Fennel powder    1/2 tsp (optional)
      Salt  as needed
      Sesame oil   1 tblsp
      Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
      Jaggery |vellam    a small piece

venthaya keerai kara kuzhambu

  • Wash the methi leaves and chop them finely. Chop the small onions finely. You can use big onions too, but shallots gives a nice taste to the gravy. Chop the tomatoes and peel the skin of the garlic.
  • Soak a lemon sized tamarind in water and extract the juice using 2 cups of water.
  • In a pan add oil and add in the mustard seeds. Add the garlic and  chopped onions to this and cook till becomes translucent.

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  • Add the tomatoes and saute for a while. Add in the finely chopped methi leaves.

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  • Saute for a minute and add the tamarind extract to this.
  • Add the sambar powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, salt and fennel powder(if adding). Add salt to this.

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  • Allow this to boil for sometime till the raw smell of the gravy goes and the gravy comes to a kuzhambu consistency. Add jaggery to this and boil for a minute.

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  • Switch off the flame. If you wish you can add 1/4 tsp of sesame oil on the top.
  • Serve this with plain rice along with any curry of your choice. We had with beetroot poriyal and brinjal curry. 
venthaya keerai kuzhambu
  1. You can replace shallots with big onions too. But small onions are highly recommended.
  2. The gravy tasted so flavourful the next day.
  3. The original recipe used only red chili powder and coriander powder. I reduced the quantity and added sambar powder.

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