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Kalyana Vatha kuzhambu
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Kalyana Vatha kuzhambu recipe

Tamil brahmin style vathal kuzhambu recipe
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: South Indian lunch recipes
Servings: 4
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • 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


  • 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.



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.