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Vengaaya Vendhaya / Shallots in thick tamarind sauce !

Most of my Tamil preparations are inspired by Viji Varadarajan’s book “Samayal”.Going through her simple and delicious recipes,I keep wondering how many vegetable gravies can be prepared with Sambar powder.The otherwise normal curry/kuzhambu can be lifted immensely with flavorful sambar powder is a revelation.Truly worth it,this simple shallot curry is an example to start with.Just try and experience the magic..

Ingredients

1.1 pound/500 gm shallots,peeled
3 tbsp thick tamarind pulp
1 cup water
1.5 tbsp sambar powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
few pinches of jaggery to balance the flavor (optional)
2 tbsp sesame oil
salt and handful of curry leaves

For the seasoning

1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
half tsp black gram/uzhunnu parippu
1/2 bengal gram / kadala parippu
sesame oil

Method

In a kadai or medium skillet heat a teaspoon of oil and splutter mustard seeds.Add fenugreek and both daals and fry till it turns golden brown.Now add the shallots and mix well.Pour the tamarind pulp and water .To this add sambar powder,asafoetida powder,curry leaves and salt.Mix well and bring to a boil.Now cover and simmer till it’s somewhat thick.This may take 7-8 minutes.Now remove the lid and add jaggery.Let the curry/kuzhambu turn thick.Add the remaining sesame oil .Switch off the flame.Serve with rice /idli/dosa etc.

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34 comments on “Vengaaya Vendhaya / Shallots in thick tamarind sauce !

  1. Sayantani
    January 29, 2012

    awesome recipe. love such curries.

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  2. Balachandran V
    January 29, 2012

    Have you tried 'Gosthu'? Mashed vazhuthinanga or kathrika, I forgot. And 'Vattal Kuzhambu'? AAAAAhhhh!!!!

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  3. Ganga Sreekanth
    January 29, 2012

    awesome preparation……..nice and delicious combo

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  4. ramya
    January 29, 2012

    Perfect with some rice…..pure comfort!thanks for sharing!

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  5. faseela
    January 29, 2012

    super inviting recipe….

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  6. Roshan
    January 29, 2012

    hey…superb curry with those shallots in there…really mouthwatering….we have a variant in Kerala which we call ulli (shallot) theeyal…

    cheers

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  7. Aarthi
    January 29, 2012

    Mouthwatering Recipe..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  8. Julie
    January 29, 2012

    Looks similar to ulli theeyal..yummy !!

    Erivum Puliyum

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  9. Adorable Shallots Curry Dear.Yumm recipe n a drool-worthy clicks.

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  10. Priya
    January 29, 2012

    Slurp,mouthwatering here…

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  11. Suja Manoj
    January 29, 2012

    The gravy looks awesome,never tried this before..tempting me a lot.

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  12. Insignia
    January 30, 2012

    Know what? I can already taste them 😛 It seems closer to vazthal kuzambu..sssllluuurrpppp!

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  13. Roshu
    January 30, 2012

    Mouth watering!!!

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  14. Musings
    January 30, 2012

    I guess I mentioned before too, your pictures are adding much flavour to the recipe.

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  15. Kaveri
    January 30, 2012

    Mmmm..that looks delicious…wanna have it with some rice and pappad.

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  16. Elvirah
    January 30, 2012

    Looks very delicious and mouthwateing. Wish i could do some magic like that with my hands in the kitchen. I love Indian food.

    http://www.rachelspassion.blogspot.com

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  17. revathi
    January 30, 2012

    Onion curry looks super yum..:)) You have made it wonderfully..:))
    Delicious girl..
    Reva

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  18. Sobha Shyam
    January 30, 2012

    looks tangy and delicious, yum my curry..

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  19. Namitha
    January 30, 2012

    I have this in my drafts, an absolute fav of my family 🙂

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  20. Rumana Rawat
    January 31, 2012

    This recipe must have tasted awesome:)

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  21. Rosa's Yummy Yums
    January 31, 2012

    A great recipe! This dish must be scrumptious.

    cheers,

    Rosa

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  22. Ramya
    January 31, 2012

    What a flavorful dish!! A perfect combo with rice:-)

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  23. Amina Khaleel
    February 1, 2012

    fabulous preparation… looks delicious..

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  24. Priyas Feast
    February 1, 2012

    Great recipe…We call it puli kulambu…yummmmy

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  25. Vidhya
    February 1, 2012

    Curry looks fingerlicking good

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  26. Lena Rashmin Raj
    February 2, 2012

    woww… looks so delicious.. im gatting aroma here.. love to have with hot rice, pappad and garlic pickle

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  27. Swathi Iyer
    February 2, 2012

    Adipoli recipe. Kollam try cheythu nokkanam.

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  28. Jay
    February 3, 2012

    wow…lipsmacking..;P
    Tasty Appetite

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  29. hemalata
    February 3, 2012

    So tempting recipe,looks very tasty.

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  30. Parsley Sage
    February 4, 2012

    Oooh! Delish 🙂 I've got a tamarind tree in the yard that I've been staring at blankly. Now I know what to do with it

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  31. Sonali Pradhan
    February 6, 2012

    loved this dish absolutely…i'm definitely going to try this out 🙂

    http://onlyfishrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  32. Gopika Ram
    February 6, 2012

    Wow.. looks like a very tangy dish.. yumm 🙂

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  33. Gopika Ram
    February 6, 2012

    Would love to invite you to the Veggie/Fruit a Month Event.. Do drop by make a contribution.. Would love to have you 🙂

    http://thekitchenaffaire.blogspot.com/2012/02/announcing-veggiefruit-month-event.html

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  34. Purabi Naha
    February 8, 2012

    The recipe is just perfect and the gorgeous presentation makes it even more appealing. I am drooling!! Bookmarked for sure!
    http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

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