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Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu Recipe

Restaurant style Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu recipe with step by step photos.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Radhika

Ingredients

  • Manathakkali Vathal - 2 tbsp
  • Sambar onions or shallots - 10
  • Garlic pods - 10
  • Tamarind - 1 lemon size
  • Whole dry red chilies - 4
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Jaggery - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Gingelly oil - 3 tbsp

To make powder:

  • Tur dal - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafetida - 2 pinch
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • Manathakkali Vathal - 1 tsp
  • Gingelly oil - 1 tsp

Instructions

Preparation:

  • Soak tamarind in hot water for 10 mins. Extract pulp and keep aside.
  • Peel sambar onions, garlic and keep aside.

To make Powder:

  • Heat 1 tsp in a pan.
  • Add Tur dal, fenugreek seeds, asafetida, coriander seeds, 1 tsp manathakkali vathal and roast over low flame till they become golden brown in color.
  • Transfer to a plate and let it cool down completely. Grind in a mixer jar to fine powder and keep aside.

To make Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu:

  • Heat a pan with 3 tbsp gingelly oil.
  • Add remaining manathakkali vathal and over low flame roast till they swell up and pop.
  • Drain on to a plate and keep aside.
  • Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  • Add curry leaves, whole dry red chilies and roast for few seconds.
  • Add sambar onions, garlic and saute till they become translucent.
  • Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, sambar powder, salt.
  • Mix well so that the powder gets well roasted and the contents of the pan become dry.
  • Add tamarind extract and let it come to a boil.
  • Add roasted manathakkali vathal and mix well. Initially they will float on top.
  • Add the ground powder, mix well and cook for 5 to 7 mins over low flame.
  • Finally add jaggery, switch off stove and keep the pan closed for another 5 mins.
  • Manathakkali vathal kulambu is ready.
  • Serve with hot rice along with sutta appalam (toasted pappads) or any kootu.