Sunday, August 15, 2010


Vatral kuzhamvu can be prepared with either chili and coriander powder or sambar powder. In chetti nadu and Brahmin cooking, only sambar powder is used. But in most of the houses in south, chilli powder and coriander powders are used. In some places around Mayuram, Chidhambaram and Cuddalore area, they use ‘kuzhambu podi’ for all the kuzhambu varieties. It is prepared with red chillies, coriander seeds, thuar dal, Bengal gram and a little quantities of other spices like fennel seeds, cumin seeds etc. Here I am posting a simple version of vatral kuzhambu using sambar powder. It tastes divinely with hot rice and ghee!

மணத்தக்காளி வற்றல் குழம்பு


Manathakkali vatral- quarter cup
Gingelly oil- 2 tbsp+ 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- half sp
Cumin seeds- half sp
Fenugreek seeds- half sp
Asafetida- half sp
Curry leaves- 1 arc
Bengal gram- 2 tbsp
Red chillies-5
Turmeric powder- half sp
Sambar powder- 11/2 tsp
Tamarind- a big lime size
Salt to taste


Soak the tamarind in warm water for half an hour and extract its juice.
Heat a pan and pour the 2 tbsp of gingelly oil.
Add the mustard seeds and when they splutter add the cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds.
When they start to turn golden brown add the Bengal gram, red chillies and the manathakkali vatral along with the curry leaves and asafetida powder.
Fry them for a few minutes.
Add the tamarind juice with the sambar powder and salt.
Le it boil for a few minutes.
When the kuzhambu is thickened, pour the remaining oil.
Keep it on slow fire for 2 minutes.
Serve this with hot rice, melted ghee, pappads and chips!


  1. this looks mouthwatering..i bet it will taste awesome with some plain steamed white rice!!

  2. சூப்பர்ர்,எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்தமானது...

    உங்களின் பாகற்காய் பொடிமாஸ் செய்தேன் மிகவும் அருமையாக இருந்தது அம்மா..பதிவுகூட போட்டுள்ளேன்..

  3. Serve this with hot rice, melted ghee, pappads and chips!
    -shhh shhh....

  4. Yummy n Healty recipe !


  5. i have a box of manathakkali vathal sitting in my freezer, thanks for reminding this vatral kuzhambhu.looks delicious

  6. Love this kuzhambu,it has got a nice flavor,though I dont eat those cute vatrals ;)

  7. I love this kuzhambu...My favorite....Thanks for sharing...

  8. looks great, Madam yesterday i tried your thakkaali thokku for idly, came out very well, we just loved it, thanks a lot

  9. Yes, Aipi! This will taste heavenly with hot rice and ghee!
    Thanks for the nice comment!

  10. நீங்கள் செய்து உங்கள் தளத்தில் வெளியிட்ட என் சமையல் குறிப்பான ‘ பாகற்காய் பொடிமாஸை’ நானும் பார்த்தேன் மேனகா! புகைப்படமும் அழகாக இருந்தது! அதன் சுவை நன்றாக இருந்ததென்றறிய மகிழ்வாக இருந்தது!

  11. Thanks for the lovely comment Asiya!

  12. thank you very much for the nice appreciation Shama!

  13. Thanks for the nice cooemnt Jeyashri! Hope you will prepare this kuzhambu!

  14. thank you very much for the lovely appreciation Raji!

  15. thanks a lot for the nice comment Geetha!

  16. Dear Krishnaveni!

    thanks a lot for the nice feedback on Tomato Thokku as well as lovely appreciation on this vatral kuzhambu.