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Sundakkai Vatral Kuzhambu/Vathal Kulambu

Relocation !! That's a word most of the people dread. Inspite of relocating lot many times, I still dread the idea. My experimentation in cooking completely takes a back seat , when I am in the "relocating mode". Yesterday, while relaxing, I decided to browse through my blog. Suddenly it dawned on m


  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Tamarind paste
  • to taste Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Jaggery (grated)

To be ground

  • 20 Shallots
  • 2 cloves Garlic

To be roasted and ground

  • 6 chillies Dried red
  • 2 teaspoons Coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Pigeon pea (toor daal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon black gram Split
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
  • 4 Curry leaves
  • 1 pinch Mustard seeds


  • Dry roast the ingredients mentioned above (To be roasted and ground) separately and allow to cool.
  • Once cool, powder finely.
  • Add the shallots and garlic and grind to a fine, smooth paste. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry the vatral till cooked.
  • Drain and keep them aside. In same oil, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • When they start to crackle, add the curry leaves, followed by asafoetida.
  • Stir for a few seconds and add turmeric powder and stir.
  • Now add the ground paste and cook till oil separates.
  • Add the tamarind paste diluted with water and salt.
  • Check the consistency. Add more water if required.
  • Let it boil. Add the jaggery.
  • Adjust the seasoning to suit your likings. Finally add the fried vatral and allow to cook for a minute.
  • Switch off heat and transfer to a serving dish. Serve hot with rice.