Vatha Kulambhu/Vatral Kulambhu

This post has been lying in my draft since 7 months,finally I posted it today.Usually this kulambhu is made with sun dried berries such as black night shade and turkey berry or veggies which is called as vatral.This kulambhu is a one such authentic recipe tastes very well with piping hot rice along with some kootu and pappads.

This is my mom's recipe and she always adds little coconut along with the spices while grinding for the kulambhu to get an extra taste and it can be made with out coconut also.

Today's recipe is with the black night shade(manathathakkali vatral) and doesn't need onion and garlic also,here goes the recipe..............

Tamarind/pulismall lemon size
Vatral/manathathakkali vathal11/2tbs
Red chilly/varamilagai2
Turmeric powder1/2tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai1sprig
Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam1/8tsp

To roast and grind
Toor dhal/thuvaram paruppu2tsp
Black pepper/milagu11/2tsp
Red chilly/varamilagai3
Cumin seeds/jeeragam1/2tsp


  • Soak the tamarind in a cup of water and take the extract the juice.

  • Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and roast the given ingredients to a golden color,finally add the coconut and grind it to fine paste along with water after cooling.

  • To the tamarind extract add the ground paste,turmeric powder and salt,mix it well.

  • Heat the oil and splutter the mustard seeds,then add the fenugreek seeds and channa dhal,curry leaves.

  • Fry the vatral,red chillies and add the tamarind mixture,bring it to a boil.

  • Then simmer it for 10 -12 minutes or till it reaches a thick consistency.

  • Serve it with rice,kootu and pappad.


  • Instead of manathathakkali vatral,sunda vathal(turkey berry) can be used.
  • The addition of coconut is purely optional.
  • For instant version,sambhar powder can be used instead of the ground masala.


Lovely pics. Love this vatha kuzhambu.

Fingerlicking kuzhambu,my all time favourite gravy.

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love this spicy n tangy gravy anytime, looks perfect and inviting...

Such a nice recipe:) Yummy and tempting:) Loved the clicks :)
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Love this flavourful kozhambu a lot :) looks super delicious and tempting me to have them with hot steaming rice :)

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