Vatha kuzhambu is a south Indian dish served mainly with rice and papad. It has a single vegetable/ vathal as a base and is a simmered stew of tamarind with a set of spices A spicy gravy made with either fresh vegetables or dried vathal.

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Ingredients
Tamarind 1 small lemon size
Sundai vatral 2 tbsp
Chenna dhal 1 tbsp
Methi seed 1 tsp
Red chili 3 no.
Vatral kuzhambu powder
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Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Hing 1 tsp
Mustard seed 1 tsp
Curry leaves 1 stem
Gingili oil 2 tbsp
Salt as required


  • Soak the tamarind in hot water. Make thick extract.
  • Heat the oil in kadai, fry mustard seed, red chillies, dhal, and vatral and curry leaves.
  • Add turmeric powder, vatral kuzhambu powder and Hing. Fry for few minutes.
  • Add tamarind extract, salt and boil for 10 minutes.
  • If the vatral kuzhambu consistency is too thin, a spoon of rice flour added with a little water should thicken it up.
  • Garnish with curry leaves.
  • Serve with Rice, Pappad, Dangar Pachadi.