The tiny container in which the vathak kuzhambu is kept ,is more attractive than the wide range of food in the Hotel Lunch Tray. We can see our hand reaching for it often and it becomes the first to be empty. It certainly is different from our home made Vathak Kuzhambu . And almost all hotels serve at least this Vatha kuzhambu Tasty This recipe i jotted down from a book my mother had . i remember the author is Mrs. Revathi Shanmugam, so the food has guaranteed authentic taste too. Though the original recipe did not include any vegetable i have included Drumsticks .
Tamarind – a small lemon size
Onion – 1
Drumstick – 1
Red Chilli Powder – 1 ½ tsp
Dhaniya Powder – 1 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder -1 tsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Methi seeds -1 tsp
Urad dal -1 tsp
Curry leaves –few
Coconut -2 tbls
Roasted gram Dal – 2tsp
Garlic – 4 flakes
Sombu / saunf – 2 tsp
Soak tamarind and extract the juice .
Grind the required ones into a smooth paste .
Cut Onion , Tomato and Drumstick .
In a vessel add oil and temper with Mustard seeds, Methi, urad dal and curry leaves.
Add Onion, tomato, Drumstick one by one and sauté well.
Add all powder and Tamarind and cook in low flame .
When the vegetables are cooked add the ground paste and salt . Simmer for few minutes and switch off the flame