Vatha Kulambhu/Sunda Vathal Kulmabhu/Sun Dried Turkey Berry in Tamarind Sauce

For the day 2 of Blogging Marathon #60,themed under family recipes is Vatha Kulambhu.Vatha kulambhu can be made in many ways with or with no onion and garlic,freshly ground spice powder or sambar powder.
Already I have shared my mom's version of no onion garlic vatha kulambhu with manathathakkali vathal.
Coming to today's version its made with sun dried turkey berry(sunda vathal) and mango(maa vathal).Also it is made with sambar powder.As we prefer our vatha kulambhu to be on the thicker side I made it slightly thicker.Consistency is personal preference and also the addition of maa vathal is optional.
My mom used a little bit of red chilly powder along with sambar powder to get a nice color.I got my last batch of mom's homemade vathal during my India trip.While making this kulambhu I was so emotional and going to miss her home made goodies.Lets move on to the recipe...

                                                           Vatha Kulambhu/Sunda Vatha Kulambhu

   Basic Information

    Preparation time ~ 10-15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 3-4



Shallots/chinna vengayam
7-8 fat cloves
Dried turkey berry/sunda vathal
2 tbs
Dried Mango/maa vathal
7-8 pieces
Red chilly powder/milagi podi
1/2 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
1/2  tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
1 tbs
 small lemon size
 1-1.25 tsp
2-2.5 tbs

   For the tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu
1 tsp
Toor dhal/thuvaram paruppu
1 tbs
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam
1/8 tsp
a pinch
Curry leaves/karivepillai
few leaves
Dried red chilly/varamilagai

  • Soak the tamarind and maa vathal in hot water and separately for few minutes.Squeeze the tamarind and extract keep it aside.In a tsp of oil fry the sunda vathal till it becomes crispy and golden.Set it aside.
  •  Heat a pan with oil and do the tempering with the given ingredients,add in the curry leaves and broken red chilly.Saute the shallots for couple of minutes and goes in the garlic.Cook it till the onion becomes transparent.Now add in the spice powder and give it a mix.

  • Add in the tamarind water and let it boil for a minute.Add in the salt and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes.Add in the soaked maa vathal and cook it for a minute.

  • At this stage add in the fried sunda vathal and let it simmer for another couple of minutes.Put off the flame.

  • Serve it with rice  and kottu.

    • As the dried vathal also has salt,so keep an eye on while adding the salt.
    • The consistency is personal choice.
    • After adding all the spice powder mix it well and keep the flame low to avoid burning of powders.
    • Here I cut the onion and garlic into 2 as the size was slightly bigger.If the size is small you can add it as such.


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    What a tempting and delicious looking dish Nalini. Looks amazing.

    this is one of the favourites at home... looks so Tempting , Nalini :)

    This is a yummy one. After seeing on blogs, I made it a point to buy some during my last India trip and I loved this kuzhambu.

    Turkey berry curry looks very tempting Nalini.

    Slurp slurp, wat an alluring vatha kuzhambu, can die for a bowl of this kuzhambu.

    Drooling over your pictures Nalini. Vatha kulambu looks amazing!!

    Very interesting gravy. I spotted these dried berries in the Indian stores here. Shall get a pack next time to try this out.

    never heard of turkey berry - will have to look out for these to try

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