Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Vendhaya Kuzhambu / Methi Seeds Tamarind Curry

         Today's recipe, Vendhya Kuzhambu is one of my Mom's speical recipe. This is bit different from regular Puli Kuzhambu. I just love its flavor n taste very much. But u won't believe that i didn't even tried for almost 5 years. I wonder h i forgot such authentic and yummy recipe. Thanks Vardhini for her spice choice , so that at least now i am able to make it. I called my mom n got recipe from her and made it exactly as per her instrucution but still i miss that taste n texture. My Mom learnt this recipe from My Grandmom and everytime when Amma make this kuzhambu, she use to that she didn't her mom's taste n perfection :) So it shows Amma's Samayal is the best n none can compensate it. H many of u agree that?? !!
       During Summer days daily morning in empty stomach, Mom force us to swallow 1tsp of methi seeds along with thin buttermilk. This is compulsory for me n my sister. I used to cry a lot to swallow  methi seeds but now i understand the importance of it. It cures all abdominal pains n illness due to heat n other related problems. Have u tried such home remedies?? This single recipe reminded me of so many things and i really enjoyed making this kuzhambu with all those lovely moments. This Kuzhambu has very mild bitter taste so i was worried whether my H like it or not but i made this specially for me as I love this a lot but unfortunately my H too liked it and even My elder one also had this along with curd rice. So hereafter no worries will make this more often :) Ok now to the recipe....

  1. Tamarind     1 gooseberry sized piece
  2. Pearl onion/chinna vengayam     10 no.s(peeled n chopped)
  3. Tomato     2 medium(chopped)
  4. Kuzhambu Milagai thool     2 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
  6. Garlic    6 large pods(peeled n chopped)
  7. Curr leaves    1 sprig
  8. Jaggery   1/4 tsp(powdered)
  9. Salt    to taste
To Temper
  1. Oil    1 tbsp
  2. Sesame oil    1 tbsp
  3. Mustard seeds    1/2 tsp
  4. Urad dal    1/4 tsp
  5. Fenugreek seeds/Methi seeds    1/2 tsp
  6. Hing   1/4 tsp
  7. Dry Red chilli    2 no.s
To Roast and Grind
  1. Oil   1/2 tsp
  2. Dry Red chillies    5 no.s
  3. Coriander seeds    1tbsp
  4. Fenugreek/Methi seeds    1/2 tsp
  5. Tuvar dal    1 tsp
  6. Shredded coconut   2 tbsp
  7. Pearl onion/Chinna venayam    5 no.s(roughly chopped)

  • First heat 1/2 oil in a pan, roast methi seeds,red chilli,coriander seeds and tuvar dal for 1-2 minutes in medium heat, then transfer it to a plate and in the same pan roast onions for 1-2 minutes and lastly add coconut and fry well and turn off the stove.
  • Allow this to cool completely and grind it to a smooth paste using 1/4 cup water and keep ready.
  • Soak tamarind in warm water for 2o minutes then extract the juice and keep ready.
  • Now heat oil+sesame oil in kadai, add the tempering ingredients and wait till it pop and then add garlic,curry leaves and fry well for a minute.
  • Then add chopped onions and saute for a minute or two.
  • And add tomatoes and saute till it turns soft and add kuzhambu milagai thool and turmeric powder, stir fry this mixture for a minute and add tamarind juice and bring this mixture to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling add the ground masala paste and enough salt , 1/4 tsp jaggery and water(make it little thick consistency) and cook in medium heat until oil floats on top.
  • That's it...Tangy and Tasty Flavor rich Vendhaya Kuzhambu ready. Serve Hot with plain rice n Papad.

Make sure that u pop up the methi seeds sompletely or else it will give more bitter taste.
Use pearl onions or chinna vengayam for best taste.

This South Indian - Tamil Nadu Speical Kuzhambu, participating in the following event,
Anu's  SYF&HWS - Fenugreek Seeds Happening @ Zesty Palate,

Nupur's For U Mum

Rasi's I M the Star

Paris "Only"~South Indian event

Gayathri's Walk through Memory Lane Happening @ Roshan's Cucina.


  1. nice recipe. Looks wonderful.

  2. yummy n tangy kuzhanmbu sangee...........

  3. Thanks a lot for sharing this yummy looking kuzhambu. Wonderfully prepared.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. wonderful recipe.Bookmarked to try this

  5. healthy kuzhambu...looks yummy!nice click dear!

  6. looks spicy and delicious sangee :)

  7. Healthy kulambu Sangee. Loved the platter...

  8. Looks so flavourful and yummy

  9. Looks very tempting dear, especially in the last click, yes that's always there, though we might do more variety of dishes now, we can never match our mom's taste on these..

  10. looks delicious curry ........

  11. what a lovely n tempting khuzhambu..love thlast clicks!!

  12. the flavour i feel here. grinding masala is super.

  13. 1st time iam seeing this..looks yumm.vl try 2 make this 4 sure..thanx 4 sharing dear......

  14. oh wow! i can smell the curry here! my favourite!yummy

  15. perfect with rice and little ghee!...so comforting to me!

  16. This recipe is delicious & a keeper!

  17. Mmmm... reminds me of the authentic home preparations!! so goood...

  18. That’s one tempting recipe, looks wonderful

    Thanks for linking to my event For you Mum

  19. we couldn't compare with my mum, because we learn from her, Your recipe also looks yummy and delicious, tempting to me.. thanks for share it..


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