“Arusuvai Arasu” Vatha Kuzhambu. ( “அறுசுவை அரசு” வத்தக் குழம்பு )


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

1.Salty (Uppu)
2.Sweet (Thithippu)
3.Sour (Pullippu)
4.Hot/Spicy (Uraippu)
5.Bitter (Kasappu)
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 .



2 thoughts on ““Arusuvai Arasu” Vatha Kuzhambu. ( “அறுசுவை அரசு” வத்தக் குழம்பு )

  1. poornima says:

    super, i have lots of vathal, vendaikkai, sundaikkai, avaraikkai, sukkanagai etc., will try soon and leave u a comment

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