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Onion vatha kuzhambu Recipe

Onion vatha kuzhambu is a popular Indian Side Dish
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On :
Friday, 26 August, 2016
Category :
Vegetarian Recipe
Course :
Side Dish Recipe
Cuisine :
Indian Recipe
Technique :
Stewed Recipe
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Servings :
Serves 3
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Onion vatha kuzhambu is a traditional Indian recipe native to Tamil Nadu. This vegetarian dish is an interesting one to make and is served popularly as a side dish.

It can be easily made with the stewing technique. The recipe is based on the same pattern as that of sambar and involves toor daal as well as sambar masala. The sourness of tamarind and sweetness of jaggery will add perfectly balanced taste to this dish along with onions.

You can have this kuzhambu with rice and papad just like sambar. The dish won't take much time of yours but good taste is guaranteed. Learn how to make this sweet and tangy recipe by following our instructions given below.


  • 1 - medium sized Onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp - sesame oil
  • 1 tsp -mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp - Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp - Toor Dal or Channa dal
  • A few Curry leaves
  • 3 tsp -sambar powder
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp - Hing
  • 3.5 cups - Tamarind extract from small Lime sized Tamarind
  • 1/2 tsp - Jaggery
  • 1 tsp - Rice flour
  • How to Make Onion vatha kuzhambu:

    1. Heat oil. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek, channa dal or toor dal, curry leaves. When mustard seeds crackle and dal turns brown, add sliced onion and fry till it turns soft. Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes and extract 3.5 cups of juice from the same. Add this juice to the cooked onion.
    2. Add salt, sambar powder, hing and allow the mixture to boil for 20 minutes or until oil starts to float on top.
    3. Add jaggery if you like the gravy to be slightly sweet.
    4. Mix rice flour in 1 tsp water and make a thick paste.
    5. Add this paste to the tamarind gravy and stir continuously until the mixture becomes little thick.
    6. Serve with rice, ghee and curry.
    7. Recipe Courtesy: Indian Vegetarian Kitchen


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