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Vengaya vathakuzhambhu recipe | onion vathakuzhambhu recipe

by Jeyashri suresh
Vengaya Vatha kuzhambu with Video
We are just back from a week trip to Vietnam. We had a good break but i badly missed cooking and our South Indian food too. Eating a week in restaurants will make me and my family too crave for home made vatha kuzahmbhu. Though my friends cooked for me when we were back home i made this Vengaya vathakuzhambhu long back and clicked the picture too. My mom makes the best vengaya vathakuzhambhu and we all are a big fan of that. Though during the initial days of my cooking i didn’t get the exact taste, but now a days i make the same of my mom’s vengaya vathakuzhambhu. So here comes the simple and tasty recipe of vengaya vathakuzhambhu.

I missed many posts of my fellow bloggers and will catch up soon as I am currently hooked up with helping kids to finish their holiday projects.
Vengaya Vatha kuzhambu

Vengaya Vatha kuzhambu

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20-25 Mins |Serves: 5-7

     Small onion | Chinna vengayam   20 
     Sambar powder   3 tblsp
     Tamarind water  4 cups
     Sesame oil   2 tblsp + 2 tsp
     Mustard seeds  1/2 tsp
    Asafoetida  1/4 tsp
    Venthayam| Methi seeds  1/4 tsp
    Toor dal  1/4 tsp
    Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
    Curry leaves  few
    Jaggery  1 tsp
                               Video of how to make Vengaya Vatha kuzhambu


Vengaya vatha kuzhambu

Method with step by step pictures:

  • Soak a  big lemon sized tamarind in hot water for 5minutes. Take extract out of this for cups.  If using Tamarind paste use 2 tblsp of it.
  • Peel the skin of the shallots and wash it and keep it aside. Do not peel the skin in advance. Just do it before making the vatha kuzhambhu.
  • In a pan add the sesame oil and throw in the mustard seeds , vendayam , toor dal and curry leaves.
  • When the dal turns golden brown add the shallots and fry them on a low flame till it turns brown. Do not burn it.
  • Now add the sambar powder to the oil and saute for few seconds.
  • Add the tamarind water.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida.
  • Let this boil in a medium low flame for 15-20 minutes or till it reaches the kuzhambhu consistency.
  • Add jaggery to this. This will balance the spiciness of the gravy.
  • Switch off the flame and 2 tsp of sesame oil on the top.
  • Serve with any curry or kootu. My family loves this vathakuzhambhu with Kootu.
  1. Frying sambar powder in oil for few seconds will give a nice aroma. If you do not want you can skip it too.
  2. You can replace shallots with sliced big onions. But taste will differ for sure.
  3. This kuzhambhu willtaste awesome the next day. a simple roasted papad with vathakuzhambhu and rice is heaven.
  4. Drumsticks can also be added instead of shallots, for making Vatha kuzhambu.

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Shama Nagarajan June 26, 2013 - 10:39 am

drooling !!!

Sowmya Madhavan June 26, 2013 - 10:55 am

I posted this recently too...learnt from my sis's mil, lovely click ..looks tempting..

Veena Theagarajan June 26, 2013 - 11:01 am

I am craving for this now.. Looks yum

Ramya Krishnamurthy June 26, 2013 - 11:03 am

yummy and my fav too

Kalpana Sareesh June 26, 2013 - 11:07 am

yumm.. love it..sersly tat stretch vietenam, cambodia n thailand will make us die for home food...

AparnaRajeshkumar June 26, 2013 - 11:24 am

yummy well go with thachi mammu !

Sowmya Sundararajan June 26, 2013 - 11:39 am

Hi Aparna. I second that.

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks June 26, 2013 - 11:54 am

simply tempting Jayashre. can imagine how if tastes with rice...very very tempting. and..feel free to drop by my space too when you get the time. Just jotted some handy tips on "sane motherhood" on my "Picks quicks" blog. Hope you will be a follower there. lets keep connected beyond the kitchen as well....

Sapana Behl June 26, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Looks so tasty!

SubrajaNagaBalaji June 26, 2013 - 1:22 pm

came out very well jeysree....

CHITRA June 26, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Looks very nice..Tempting too 🙂

Premas Culinary June 26, 2013 - 2:10 pm

mouthwatering here,yummy kuzhambu...

Gayathri Ramanan June 26, 2013 - 3:15 pm

tempting clicks...vatha kulambhu looks so good...

Anu Shoj June 26, 2013 - 6:44 pm

yummy and inviting...perfectly done and beautiful clicks...
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Divya Shivaraman June 26, 2013 - 9:15 pm

oh mine...first click simply tempts me...

Mahi June 26, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Mouthwatering Kuzhambu!

Shanthi June 26, 2013 - 10:29 pm

mouthwatering..lovely texture...you made me hundry...

Janani June 27, 2013 - 2:23 am

It's very nice easy simple to make and def very flavorful dear

Akila June 27, 2013 - 3:22 am

My mouth is watering here

Wer SAHM June 27, 2013 - 9:21 am

mouth watering kolambu....look n click great

Priya Suresh June 27, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Who can resist to this beautiful bowl,inviting fingerlicking kuzhambu.

divya June 27, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Beautiful pictures..looks delicious...

DivyaGCP June 28, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Spicy tangy vatha kuzhambu.. Looks super tempting..

Hema June 28, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Wow Jeyashri, you have done it so perfectly..

SHARMILEE J July 10, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Vatha kuzhambu is my fav....looks perfect, love the clicks!!

Ananthanarayanan Subramaniam August 16, 2013 - 1:37 am

Can anyone post a video of this . pls it will really help idiots like me

nandoos Kitchen September 27, 2014 - 7:31 am

Delicious! would love with rice

Uma June 17, 2015 - 8:26 am

thanks for the post......first time my vathakuzhambu was loved by my son. Thanks a lot:)

Meena Raja January 4, 2016 - 2:43 pm

Hi I have tried this but seems it take lots of time to get gravy consistency.. Is there any way to make it much thicker

jeyashri suresh January 4, 2016 - 3:09 pm

The tamarind extract you are making it watery i think. That;s why it is becoming watery and taking lot of time.

Dharaniya Rathinam July 26, 2016 - 7:32 am

can we add tomotoes mam

jeyashri suresh July 27, 2016 - 1:04 pm

As such no need to add tomatoes. If you are adding, reduce the tamarind as it will make the gravy more tangy

Unknown August 5, 2018 - 4:43 am

Hi mam,Fist time i did it. My father like this so much. Thank you mam

Shalini S August 30, 2018 - 5:23 pm

Can we add garlic?

Jeyashris Kitchen August 31, 2018 - 6:15 am

Yes for sure.

Rajan Hong Kong January 25, 2021 - 1:01 pm

This vathal koshambu tast amazingly good with millet rice... Thx a lot

Jeyashri suresh January 25, 2021 - 8:23 pm

Thank u so much Rajan


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