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May 29, 2011

Onion Vatha Kuzhambu (Onion cooked in spicy tamarind gravy)



This is a tangy and spicy gravy that goes well with rice and curry. Vegetables like ladies finger, capsicum, sweet potato, drumstick, brinjal can be used instead of onions. Some call it Kaara kuzhambu.

Ingredients:
1 medium sized onion sliced
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp thur dal or channa dal
A few curry leaves
3 tsp sambar powder
Salt
1/4 tsp hing
3.5 cups tamarind extract from small lime size tamarind
1/2 tsp jaggery
1 tsp rice flour

Method:
Heat oil. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek, channa dal or thur dal, curry leaves.
When mustard seeds crackle and dal turns brown, add sliced onion and fry till it turns soft.
Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes and extract 3.5 cups of juice from the same.
Add this juice to the cooked onion.
Add salt, sambar powder, hing and allow the mixture to boil for 20 minutes or until oil starts to float on top.
Add jaggery if you like the gravy to be slightly sweet.
Mix rice flour in 1 tsp water and make a thick paste.
Add this paste to the tamarind gravy and stir continuously until the mixture becomes little thick.
Serve with rice, ghee and curry.

20 comments:

  1. slurp ! looks delightful and my favourite !

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  2. Wonderful presentation Mahima.. looks so tempting and delicious.. thanks for sharing :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  3. Slurp,vatha kuzhambu looks simply out of the world, marvellous..

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  4. I do this the same way too. Sometimes I add garlic and make it much thicker too.

    Vardhini
    VardhinisKitchen

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  5. That looks perfect side dish....never tried something with only onions as main ingredient...love to give this a try.....

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  6. Bookmarked to try....looks very tempting..yummy curry

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  7. Wonderful capture,looks very tempting with the veggie and papad on the backdrop! Nice recipe too mahi :)

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  8. Nice sidedish wid rice...looks yumm

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  9. delicious kulambu...used to make this very often

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  10. looks delicious and lovely pictures .......

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  11. looks o nice. this would go perfect with hot rice.

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  12. Nice article, thanks for the information.

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  13. a really good blog

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  14. Woww.. it is an inviting dish.. :D have to check it out :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    I can feel the rich taste of tamarind in my jaws.

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  16. I think Indian dishes are very different.I would love to make this as soon as possible.Tamarind is a good source of vitamin c.

    Thanks
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    Roger

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  17. First time here. I came across while searching for some recipe. You have a nice blog. I love onion vathal kuzhambu. Yours looks divine. Love with hot rice. My mouth is already watering.

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  18. Looks too yummy yar.....For sure i ll try this n thank you for ur artice.

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  19. I tried it today and it came out really well!!! Thanks a lot, it was just mouth watering...

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  20. I tried out today and it came out really well, it smells amazing and yummy... a nice delight at dinner... :) Thanks for the post...

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