Sunday, July 24, 2011

South Indian VathaKuzhambu Thokku Recipe / Sundried Black Night Shade Gravy

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South Indian VathaKuzhambu Thokku Recipe:

This is my MIL’s Signature recipe. She used to prepare this once in two weeks and  I   love this spicy tangy thokku with hot white rice topped with  a tsp of ghee. This delicious gravy is very simple and is a boon as it has more shelf life. 

Here goes the easy version of this traditional gravy..!

Ingredients:
  • Tamarind                                   - lemon sized ball
  • Chana dal                                  - 1 tbsp
  • Pepper                                      - 1 ½ tsp
  • Red chilly                                  - 5 or 6
  • Coriander seeds                       - 1 tbsp
  • Red gram                                  - ½ tbsp
  • Cumin seeds                             - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal                                    - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek                                 - 1 tsp
  • Sun dried manathakkali vathal  -  handful
  • Oil                                            -  4 to 5 tbsp
  • Mustard                                    - ¼  tsp
  • Curry leaves                              - handful
  • Turmeric pwd                             - ¼ tsp
  • Asafetida                                   - ¼ tsp
  • Jaggery powdered                      - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste                             
Method:

  1. Soak tamarind in warm water and extract thick juice.
  2. Dry roast the ingredients chana dal, pepper, red chillies, coriander seeds, red gram, cumin seeds, urad dal and fenugreek.
  3. Roast  in medium flame, until they let spicy aroma.
  4. Turn off flame and allow to cool.
  5. Grind to coarse pwd.
  6. Heat oil in a fry pan.
  7. Add sun dried manathakkali vathal ( Solanum nigrum )
  8. Sauté until it turns dark  brown.
  9. Drain and reserve.
  10. In the same pan, add mustard, curry leaves.
  11. Wait till mustard crackle.
  12. Add the tamarind juice and allow to boil well.
  13. Once it got thickened, add the ground pwd, turmeric pwd, asafetida, salt and jaggery.
  14. Stir well, add fried manathakkali vathal  and allow to boil.
  15. Simmer and cover for 5 minutes.
  16. Once it attains the thokku consistency, and the oil separates, remove from flame.
  17. Allow to cool.
  18. Serve hot with plain white rice.

  1. You can store the thokku in air tight container for later use.

    Lipsmaking Vathalkuzhambu thokku ready to taste....:)

71 comments:

  1. Looks delicious with steam white rice :)

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  2. l'aspetto è ottimo e a giudicare dagli ingredienti deve essere molto buono... peccato che qui alcuni ingredienti non siano usuali!

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  3. Wow, what a beautiful and rich colour! I am drooling. Just loved this spicy treat.
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  4. Hey your Vathakuzhambu looks just like the Grand sweets Vathakuzhambu I bought recently....mouthwatering

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  5. looks good!

    cheers,
    yas
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  6. Vathakozhambu looks so appetizing :)

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  7. Fantastic! I am so hungry now! :)

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  8. Looks tongue tickling!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  9. I will have to make a trip to my Indian grocer here to see if he has the missing ingredients.
    By 'pepper' do you mean whole black peppercorns?

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  10. never had this..looks dleicious..

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  11. Looks so delicious and mouthwatering.

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  12. Jay reminds of Pulohora gojju waht they make in Bangalore. Love this one..

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  13. I LOVE comments and read each one. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  14. Thank you for this.Another addition to my indian recepies which I love and will surprise my friends next time around;)

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  15. Looks so delicious and yummy... Would be great with white rice...

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  16. Looks so delicious!!! bye

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  17. Woww.. looks so tempting and perfect.. thanks for the lovely recipe :)

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  18. Looks very tempting ! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  19. very tasty..............

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  20. looks perfect jay- i so love it !

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  21. Omg jay u r making me hungry...wat a tempting clicks...pls pass the plate yar:)

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  22. Love this spicy one. Looks super delicious.

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  23. குழம்பை பார்க்கும்போதே நாவூறுது....சூப்பர்ர் ஜெய்!!

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  24. This looks very good and it is so exotic to me, yum!

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  25. Thanks Jay for the warm welcome:) It feels so good to be back and enjoying all these lovely posts.You have again come up with yet another winner recipe. I love this *drools*

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  26. Sure looks good sitting on the rice; wish I could find tamarin.
    Rita

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  27. Looks delicious, I loves all spices that you used for these dish.

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  28. Classic and delicious recipe.. looks gr8 !!
    Indian Cuisine

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  29. Very tempting..
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  30. The pics are tickling my tongue..

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  31. Looks absolutely delicious, white rice, curd and thokku my mouth's watering already.

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  32. I definitely have to try this out! It looks like a delicious signature recipe! I love all the sauce and flavors. It's a perfect dish to serve over steamed rice!

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  33. Love the tangy and spicy taste of this kulambu...

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  34. Love this dish. It looks fantastic! :)

    Hope you have a great week ahead.

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  35. love the first pic dear...the colour is just making me want to dip my finger and lick it...great.

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  36. Looks superb...nice spicy recipe...

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  37. Veo que es una receta con muchas especias, pero no me deja ver las imágenes.
    Besos.

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  38. Very tempting..though the name is a little tough ;) but the recipe looks really good...grt work

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  39. That looks sooo mouthwatering...I LOVE Indian food.

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  40. Yum this looks like a perfect blend of spicy and tangy combo.

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  41. thank you for linking this delicious looking thokku to the food palette series black

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  42. mind blowing....mouthwatering recipe...we don't get this vattal here...:-(

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  43. Perfect with white rice.Looks spicy and delicious.
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  44. wat a lovely looking dish....must taste so good with some hot rice....:)

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  45. Wow!!! tongue tickling tangy curry. Loved it.

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  46. How fun to share a favorite family recipe! Always something unique and yummy here~

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  47. This looks delicious! I think I'll have some please :)


    Thanks so much for dropping by Sassy Chef Recipes and Reviews!♥

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  48. This must be wonderful with steamed rice. The color is glossy and amazing. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  49. What an awesome sauce! Perfect with basmati rice and slices of cucumber.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  50. Looks delicious
    nice pic

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  51. Yummy gravy! :)

    Oh by the way, join Weekday Potluck Meme and link up your food entries for the week! :)

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  52. looks delicious!
    would love to try that one of these days!

    thanks for the visit and follow!
    followed your yummy blog back. :)

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  53. that looks amazing! honestly, i havent heard of some of those ingredients... but that doesnt mean it doesnt look unreal! :)

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  54. Looks so yummy to me. Anyway, thanks for the follow and i'm following you back now.

    kat

    kat-in-the-kitchen

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  55. wow, that looks delicious, tangy and spicy, love the pics :)

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  56. Ahhh..literally drooling on ur space and This is how I also make ..Looks fantastic Jay

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  57. I can taste the sourness just looking at the photo...

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  58. Yay! looks hot and spicy but very tasty :D. Makes my mouth water.. ahum! :)

    Thanks for dropping by my page Jay.

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  59. another savory recipe! great job jay :)

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  60. The flavors here are wow! Beautiful photos of a wonderful dish;-)

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  61. oh this looks perfect with the rice!

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  62. This looks really good topped over rice! Never heard of dried manathakkali vathal before, will google for info! Thanks!

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  63. wowww, Jay this looks RIGHT up my street and totally delicious! I sadly do not have a few of the ingredients as they are so authentic, it sounds gorgeous though and one day maybe i will be adventurous and make something this yummy :)

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  64. Delicious vatha kulambu.. A perfect match with curd rice :)

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  65. Love how this looks over rice!

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