Arusuvai Arasu Natarajan is a famous cook and his catering in charge in marriages is a great status symbol. From rags to riches, all sorts of experiences was shared by him in a Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan . Arusuvai symbolises six tastes
6.Astringent/Taste of Plantain Flower (Thuvarappu)
Arusvai Arasu means king of six tastes . He was given this title by the former president of India Shri V.V.Giri . Those who want to know more about this hardworking man can click here.
The recipes he wrote in Vikatan were handwritten by me. The Vatha kuzhambu was our family’s favourite and i am requested to make this when i visit my parent’s house. The name too we had christened as Arusuavai Arasu Vatha Kuzhambu .
The ingredients needed are
Tamarind – a small gooseberry size
Sambhar powder – 1 an ½ tsp
Grated Coconut – 1 cup
Sun dried vegetables (vathal )– 1 tbls
Turmeric powder -1 tsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Methi seeds -1 tsp
Tuvar Dal-1 tsp
Hing -1 tsp
Appalam or pappad – 1tsp
Jaggery – a pinch(optional)
Oil (Gingelly )
Soak Tamarind in water and with exactly 2 cups of water extract the juice.
In a heavy bottom vessel add oil. When it gets heated add Mustard seeds, Methi seeds and Tuvar dal. Fry well.
Add hing . Then break the Appalam into four and fry well in the oil. When the appalam gets fried add the sambhar powder and fry well. Then add the Tamarind juice, turmeric powder, curry leaves and boil in a slow flame , covered.
Meanwhile grind the coconut with little water to a smooth paste.
In another kadai add oil , when it gets heated add the sundried Vathal like Manthakaali (Black night shade seeds), Brinjal or anything of your choice. When the vathal fries add the coconut and boil till you get a good aroma. Add this to the boiling Kuzhambu .
Add salt and a bit of jaggery . After a few minutes switch off the flame .
The tanatalising Arusuvai Arasu Vatha Kuzhambu is ready .