Of Flavours & Tastes…

Appalam Vathal Kuzhambu (Pappad / Indian wafers in tamarind gravy) !

There was a time I used to wonder how vegetarians manage planning their daily menu.With the available vegetables how one can come up with varied tastes,I was doubtful.But then I had several opportunities to associate with hardcore vegetarians and this was an eye opener.The unique flavours and combinations they experiment we can’t even imagine.Here is such a wonderful simple gravy with the very common pappads/wafers we all have handy at home.As the name talks it all,this is a Tamil preparation I have adapted from ‘Samayal’ of Viji Varadarajan..Do check buddies,it’s such a delightful quick-fix !

4-5 pappadam/appalam/Indian wafers,teared into two or three pieces
3 tbsp thick tamarind pulp
1.5 tsp sambar powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida/kayam/hing powder
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 sprig curry leaves
1 cup water
sesame oil,salt as needed


Heat oil in a medium skillet and splutter mustard seeds and fenugreek.Add the pappad pieces to this and sauté till they puff up.Now add one cup water,tamarind pulp,sambar powder,asafoetida powder,salt and curry leaves.Bring this to a boil.Close with a lid and reduce the heat.Simmer for 7-8 minutes or till the gravy thickens.Serve hot with rice.


14 comments on “Appalam Vathal Kuzhambu (Pappad / Indian wafers in tamarind gravy) !

  1. Kalpana Sareesh
    August 18, 2011

    ha ha thr r n number of dishes for veggies.. this is one of my fav kuzhambhu..loks so yumm very well prepared..


  2. Priya
    August 18, 2011

    My fav kuzhambu, been a long i prepared them, ur clicks tempts me a lot..


  3. Suja
    August 18, 2011

    Never tried this before,but I can bet that it will taste delicious..tempting and spicy


  4. anilkurup
    August 19, 2011

    This wonderful dish was served to me by a friend a few times. Loved it.


  5. Aarthi
    August 19, 2011

    one of my friends mum used to make this


  6. aipi
    August 19, 2011

    Just the name is droolworthy ~ amazing recipe! I liked the new look of your space too, neat n clean with awesome pics:)


  7. Sobha Shyam
    August 19, 2011

    ur space looks fresh n great now, very interesting recipe, looks delicious..


  8. Mélange
    August 20, 2011

    @Kalpana,Thanks.Yes,am exploring those delicious veggies.

    @Priya,Thanks dear.

    @Yes Suja,it's delicious.

    @Anil,even you can prepare no ? It's handy.


    @Aipi,Do try.Thanks for the comments on blog's new look.Am trying to improve still though.

    @Shobha,Thanks dear.That means a lot.


  9. Kalyani's Platter
    August 22, 2011

    Looks delicious and lovely clicks …


  10. Jay
    August 22, 2011

    sounds amazing dear..:P
    love ur new template..
    Tasty Appetite


  11. R Niranjan Das
    August 22, 2011

    You have a mouth watering blog here. Keep cooking. 🙂



  12. Plateful
    August 22, 2011

    Ohh this looks like an exotic preparation with pappadam. Never knew of using pappad this way. Lovely!


  13. Kalyani
    August 29, 2011

    first time here, and loved it dear !! happy to follow you too !

    Last few days – Send in your carrot based dishes
    Ongoing Event: Fasting Foods(Vrat ka Khaana Special)


  14. Viji Varadarajan
    October 27, 2011

    I was indeed glad somebody found this good. This and 'manathakaalikai vetral kuzhambu' has always been my favourite main course and also as a side for rice and yoghurt! Can one ask for more?! Thanks friend for posting this..

    Warm Regards
    Viji Varadarajan


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on August 18, 2011 by in Tamil Cuisine, veg curry.


%d bloggers like this: