Manathakkali Vathakuzhambu Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons gingelly oil
  • 1 gooseberry-sized piece of tamarind
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 2 red chilies (broken)
  • 1 teaspoon toor dal
  • 1 teaspoon manathakkali vathal
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • A few curry leaves


  1. Prepare Tamarind Extract:

    • Briefly heat the tamarind over a flame.
    • Soak it in water to extract the juice.
    • Set aside the tamarind juice.
  2. Fry Manathakkali Vathal:

    • Heat ghee in a pan.
    • Fry the manathakkali vathal until it turns crisp.
    • Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  3. Prepare Vathakuzhambu:

    • In the same pan, heat the gingelly oil.
    • Add mustard seeds and let them sputter.
    • Add urad dal, broken red chilies, and toor dal.
    • Fry until the dals turn golden brown.
  4. Combine Ingredients:

    • Pour the tamarind extract into the pan.
    • Add salt to taste.
    • Allow the mixture to boil until the raw smell of tamarind disappears.
  5. Finish and Serve:

    • Add the fried manathakkali vathal and curry leaves to the boiling mixture.
    • Stir well and remove from heat.
    • Serve the vathakuzhambu hot with rice and sutta appalam (roasted papad).

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This traditional Manathakkali Vathakuzhambu recipe is perfect for a comforting meal and is known for its digestive benefits, especially for postpartum care and those with sensitive stomachs. Enjoy this flavorful dish with hot rice and sutta appalam for a wholesome meal.


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