Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick, is a flavorful gravy made that is a South Indian specialty and is perfect for the weekend lunch spread.

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

Vathal Kuzhambu is my comfort food! Luckily my boy’s have taken over me and they would eat Vathal Kuzhambu every day of the week. I loved my Mother’s Vathal Kuzhambu and have eaten nothing better than hers. Luckily I have seen her make it many times and I am quite comfortable making a pretty good Vathal Kuzhambu.

Just a couple of months before my mother passed away, she told me that she made a different kind of Vathal Kuzhambu called the Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu and it tasted really good. She gave me the recipe over the phone, but I did not write it down then. This Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu has been in the back of my head since then. I just vaguely remember the recipe and hence never made it.


Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

Few months back, one of the member from a cooking group that I am a part of on Facebook, posted this recipe. I immediately remembered my mother’s recipe and I was so happy. Thanks to Jayanthi Nagarajan Madam for her recipe. This Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu, tastes just like the kind of vathal kuzhambu we eat at weddings and in restaurants. The flavors were amazing and it also gave me a chance to use my favorite Sundakkai Vathal / dried Turkey berry. In the past, I have used the Sundakkai usually only in More Kuzhambu, but now I have one another recipe that I could use it in.

I made this Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu over the weekend with Beans curry and Tomato Juice rasam. I am working on ‘Meal time dishes’ theme this week in BM and the Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu is my first recipe under the theme.

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 40 minutes
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients to make Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu – Serves 4 to 6

  • Tamarind – large lemon size piece
  • Nallennai / Gingelly oil – 3 TBSP
  • Murungakkai / Drumstick – 15 pieces (2 inch piece)
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Tuvaram Paruppu / Toor dal – 1 TBSP
  • Red chilies – 2
  • Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Jaggery / brown sugar – 1 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste

To roast and Grind –

  • Kadalai Paruppu / chana dal – 2 tsp
  • Ullutham Paruppu / Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Red chilies – 6
  • Black pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Rice – 1 tsp
  • Vendhayam / methi seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida – 1/8 tsp
  • Oil – 1/2 tsp

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

Procedure to make Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu –

  • In a small pan, heat 1/2 tsp of oil and fry all the ingredients mentioned under ‘roast and grind’ until aromatic.
  • Let it cool down and then grind it to a smooth powder.

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

  • Soak the tamarind in about 2 cups of hot water and extract the juice. If needed, add one more cup of hot water and extract that water as well.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, heat 1 TBSP of oil and fry the sundakkai / turkey berry until dark brown. Make sure that you fry it with enough ventilation and in low heat to avoid burning and excessive smoking.
  • Remove the turkey berry into a bowl.

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

  • In the same pan, heat the rest of the oil. Add the mustard seeds, toor dal, red chilies and asafetida and let it fry.
  • Add the chopped murungakkai / drumstick and cook it for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Pour the extracted tamarind water to the pan along with turmeric powder and salt needed.
  • Let the kuzhambu come to a boil and then add the curry leaves. Simmer the kuzhambu for about 10 minutes or until the raw smell of the tamarind disappears and the vegetable cooks.

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

  • Dissolve the ground powder in water and add this to the boiling kuzhambu. Make sure you dissolve the powder in water otherwise it will clump up in the kuzhambu.
  • Let this boil for another 7 to 8 minutes. You will notice that the kuzhambu will thicken after we add the ground paste.
  • At the end add the fried sundakkai vathal / turkey berry to the kuzhambu and let it boil once more. Turn off the flame and serve it with hot rice and ghee / nei.

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick
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Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick, is a flavorful gravy made that is a South Indian specialty and is perfect for the weekend lunch spread.

Course Kuzhambu, Lunch Recipes, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword drumstick, Kuzhambu, Lunch Recipe, meal time, murungakkai, Side dish, vathal kuzhambu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • Tamarind - large lemon size piece
  • Nallennai / Gingelly oil - 3 TBSP
  • Murungakkai / Drumstick - 15 pieces 2 inch piece
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Tuvaram Paruppu / Toor dal - 1 TBSP
  • Red chilies - 2
  • Asafetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Jaggery / brown sugar - 1 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste

To roast and Grind -

  • Kadalai Paruppu / chana dal - 2 tsp
  • Ullutham Paruppu / Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Red chilies - 6
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Rice - 1 tsp
  • Vendhayam / methi seeds - 1 tsp
  • Asafetida - 1/8 tsp
  • Oil - 1/2 tsp

Instructions

  1. In a small pan, heat 1/2 tsp of oil and fry all the ingredients mentioned under 'roast and grind' until aromatic.
  2. Let it cool down and then grind it to a smooth powder.
  3. Soak the tamarind in about 2 cups of hot water and extract the juice. If needed, add one more cup of hot water and extract that water as well.
  4. In a heavy bottom pan, heat 1 TBSP of oil and fry the sundakkai / turkey berry until dark brown. Make sure that you fry it with enough ventilation and in low heat to avoid burning and excessive smoking.
  5. Remove the turkey berry into a bowl.
  6. In the same pan, heat the rest of the oil. Add the mustard seeds, toor dal, red chilies and asafetida and let it fry.
  7. Add the chopped murungakkai / drumstick and cook it for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Pour the extracted tamarind water to the pan along with turmeric powder and salt needed.
  9. Let the kuzhambu come to a boil and then add the curry leaves. Simmer the kuzhambu for about 10 minutes or until the raw smell of the tamarind disappears and the vegetable cooks.
  10. Dissolve the ground powder in water and add this to the boiling kuzhambu. Make sure you dissolve the powder in water otherwise it will clump up in the kuzhambu.
  11. Let this boil for another 7 to 8 minutes. You will notice that the kuzhambu will thicken after we add the ground paste.
  12. At the end add the fried sundakkai vathal / turkey berry to the kuzhambu and let it boil once more. Turn off the flame and serve it with hot rice and ghee / nei.

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9 thoughts on “Arachuvitta Vathal Kuzhambu with Sundakkai and Drumstick

  1. Sounds like a great recipe Sandhya as my husband is very fond of vathal kuzhambu ..
    By the way, inthink think the Sundakkai vathal is missing in the ingredient list

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