At last justifying the blog title .
here is my recipe for vathakuzhambu..
though vathakuzhambu is done with dried vegetables like brinjal,cluster beans (kothavarangai)etc, the method remains the same when using other vegetables too .The ideal vegetables are fresh brinjal,sundaikai,lady's fingers,sweet potato.Onions and garlic with tomato make a tastier version of this kuzhambu.Drumstick lends a special flavour and makes the dish too inviting.
I today made this in an earthen ware called kalchatty in tamil which really improved the taste.
Here we go..
- DRUMSTICK CUT INTO SMALL PIECES 1
- MUSTARD SEEDS 1 TEASPOON
- FENUGREEK SEEDS 1 TEASPOON
- URAD DHAL 1 TEASPOON
- CHICKPEA DHAL(KADALAI PARUPPU) 1 TEASPOON
- SAMBHAR POWDER (any make) 2 TEASPOON
- SALT TO TASTE
- TAMARIND (SOAKED AND EXTRACTED)SIZE OF TWO GRAPES
- OIL 1 TEASPOON
- CURRY LEAVES
- A PINCH OF ASAFOETIDA
Heat a pan on the stove and add a teaspoon of oil;to it add mustard seeds;when they splutter add fenugreek,uraddhal,and chickpea dhal and fry till golden brown;add the drumstick pieces,and fry for a minute.now add the tamarind puree diluted to a desired quantity.before this starts boiling ,add two teaspoon of sambhar powder,and salt to taste.a pinch of asafoetida and some curry leaves can be added when it starts boiling.
bring to boil,and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
some coconut milk can be added for extra flavour.
but even without that would be delicious with boiled rice .
there are certain variations to this which i would like to add later ..till then indulge in quest for taste..