Nov 6, 2008

vatha kozhambu

Another spicy recipe. I always love to eat vatha kozhambu. But now a days because of heart burn, I reduced eating spicy stuff. But this pumpkin vatha kozhambu is my all time favorite. The main ingredients are as follow...
  1. Tamarind - one small lemon sized or 2 tbsp paste
  2. Pumpkin or pearl onion - one small cup (may 10 small cubes)
  3. Tumeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  4. Sambar powder - 1 1/2 tbsp
  5. salt to taste
  6. Sesame oil - 4 tbsp (may need more)
  7. Jaggery - 1 tbsp
  8. mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  9. urid dal - 1/2 tsp
  10. channa dal - 1/2 tsp
  11. Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  12. Red chillies - 1 or 2 (acc. to taste)
  13. Asafoetida powder - a pinch
  14. Rice flour - 1 1/2 tsp
Take a wide pan, pre heat 3 tbsp oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urid dal, channa dal, fenugreek seeds, red chillies and asafoetida powder and fry these ingredient in low flame, to golden brown. Now add the vegetable to it and saute for a minute. Now put the tamarind paste(if you are using tamarind, squeeze out the juice from it and pour it) and add 1 1/2 cup of water to the paste. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt and let it cook for 10 mts. in medium flame. Now add the jaggery to it and again add 1/2 cup of water and let it boil for another 5 to 7 mts. In order to make the consistency thick, now mix the rice flour with a tbsp of water and pour it on top of the kozhambu and also pour the remaining oil. Let it boil for another 3 mts. Now Vatha kozhambu is ready to serve. Serve it hot with rice. Potato curry will be a good side dish for this rice.
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