Vathal Kuzhambu Podi / Parankigai Vathal Kuzhambu



This is a speciality of my mother-in-law. She cooks amazing typical iyengar style food(saapadu).  So here is the spice powder that she uses and the kuzhambu in her typical style
INGREDIENTS
Tuvar Dal
1/4 cup
Bengal gram dal
1/4 cup
Urad dal
1/4 cup
Coriander seeds
3/4 cup
Red chilli
1 ½ cup
Fenugreek seeds
2tsp

PREPARATION
Dry roast all the dal’s together until they start to slightly brown
Roast the coriander seeds and fenugreek seeds till a good flavour emanates
Now add 2 tsp oil and roast  the red chillis  till they become crisp
Let everything cool down completely
Now grind it to a fine powder and use as required.
PARANGIIKAI VATHAL KUZHAMBU
Pumpkin pieces
 ½ cup
Tamarind
1 marble size
Water
1/4 cup
Oil
 1tbsp
Mustard seeds
 ½ tsp
Fenugreek seeds
 ¼ tsp
Asafoetida
 ½ tsp
Jaggery
1/2tsp
Curry leaves
few
Turmeric powder
1/4tsp
Cut the pumpkin into cubes
Soak the tamarind in luke warm water for ½ hour. Squeeze the juice and keep it aside
Heat oil in a kadai
Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida.
Once the mustard crackles, add the cut pumpkin cubes , saute it for 3 minutes in medium flame
Now put 3 tsp of the vathal kuzhambu spice powder, mix well
Now add the tamarind juice plus 1 cup of water
Add salt and let everything boil for 5-6 minutes in medium flame
Add gram flour and 2tsp water. Make it into a paste and pour this into the boiling Kuzhambu
This thickness the kuzhambu
Add jaggery, cook for 1 minute in low flame
Switch off the fire

Serve hot with rice and curry
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