Vatral Kuzhambu

Although this is traditionally made with dried vegetables (known as vatral), we like it with okra.


4 to 5 okra cut into big pieces
A small lemon sized tamarind (soaked in water and thick juice extracted)
Salt to taste
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp blackgram dal
1 tsp bengalgram dal
1/4 tsp asafoetida
Few curry leaves
2 tsp sambar powder
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Heat oil, add mustard, fenugreek, blackgram dal and bengal gram dal. When it starts spluttering, add curry leaves, asafoetida and okra. Fry for a minute and add the tamarind juice. Add turmeric, salt and sambar powder and mix well.

Let it come to a boil and become thick.

Serve with rice.

This sambar variety with a strong taste of tamarind is my contribution to the JFI series started by Indira of Mahanandi and guest hosted by Sig for the month of June with the theme of Tamarind.

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Happy cook said...

Looks so delicious and i love them with rice, never made them myself, onlyhad in other ppl home

easycrafts said...

Thanks Happy try it would love the tangy taste

Laavanya said...

I make it similarly too and with okra :) Yummy!

Cham said...

Love vathal kuzhambu , i love with sundakkai!

Sig said...

Vatral Kuzhambu is my favorite gravy, I have some Vatral Kuzhambu powder at home, but the Vatral I got from the Indian store was too bitter. Didn't know I could use okra! Will try that next time. Thanks for the entry easycrafts!

Asha said...

Hello matey, you know what? I bought a packet called Vathral which looks like large dried seeds. Do you fry them and add to this gravy? I have never used those before! Gravy looks good, I might try with those dry seeds, still in the pantry unopened!:)

Uma said...

delicious entry, EC! Looks so mouth-watering.

vandana rajesh said...

looks yummy...a tasty tangy delight

easycrafts said...

Thanks Laavanya, Cham, Uma and Vandana for your comments tastes great with okra try it out

@ Asha...It is normally fried till golden brown ..pls do check out if they are already fried ones..

PJ said...

I love Vatral Kuzhanmbu..Looks Yummm..Thanks for sending it across for the event

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