Vatha Kuzhambu is always liked by all. And there are different versions available. What we eat in the Hotel is spicy and has coconut , what we eat in marriages is different and if the cook is a Brahmin it has their touch. What we make at homes differs ,our Amma’s more and Grandmother’s the most .My Grand mother makes the very best Vatha Kuzahmbu in the world . Not to brag .But it is .
The main problem in Vatha Kuzhambu is the concentration of it. It should be thick and blended. But in the morning Hurry we cannot get that consistency. Now comes into rescue Vatha Kuzhambu Powder specially intended for this . We do not make this at homes. We use Sambhar Powder for making Vatha Kuzhambu .Our family heritage boasts of simple recipes . If someone asks me how do i cook this or that the ways i explain to them make them frown. Such simple recipes . Tomatoes, Onion, Coconut and spices all are at a minimum level in our family cooking style.Almost in 1 hour a Sambhar and Curry can be done by me at early morning 5:45 .
Almost like Brahmins style cooking except for the fact we combine a little onion in our cooking . Saunf and spices are avoided .And the next generaton like us are fond of crossing borders and we tend to indulge in Briyani and Paneer , saunf and Cinnamon , Thirunelveli to french . Only thing is all vegetarian indulgences only . When i go to my mother in law’s house they do not have saunf or spices or like that.If it is a Masal Vadai too will lack that saunf. They say they are are not used to it .
Ok now coming to the Vatha Kuzhambu powder i always wanted to have this at home and the time came only recently.
Iyengar style Vatha Kuzhmabu powder was found in this site http://www.iyengarthaligai.in/2013/01/vatha-kuzhambu.html .
i made this and yummy Kuzhambu too was the end result . The main problem of getting the concentration is also solved there.
Ingredients for Vatha Kuzhambu Powder :
1.Coriander seeds – 3 cup
2. Bengal Gram – 1 cup
3. Turmeric -4
4.Red Chilly -3 cup.
Dry the above ingredients in hot sun or just heat them .
One idea is heat them in a micro oven .
Then dry grind in a mixie .
Store in air tight containers.
If you have mill nearby grind there.
If grinding in a mixie use turmeric powder instead of Turmeric sticks.