Vendhaya (Fenugreek) Kuzhambu


  • Tamarind – lemon size
  • Sambar Onion – 10 Nos
  • Sambar powder – 1 tablespoon (heaped)
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Gingilly oil – 2 tablespoon
  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Bengal gram dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – few


  1. Soak tamarind and salt and in water and squeeze out the juice completely by adding water little by little. The tamarind juice should be at least 2 cups.
  2. In a kadai put the oil and when it is hot add mustard. When it pops up add Bengal gram dhal. When it turns light brown, add fenugreek and fry till it become light brown. Keep the flame to very low. (Otherwise fenugreek will become black and taste very bitter). Cut the onion into small pieces and add along with curry leaves. Fry till onion turn transparent. Now add tamarind juice along with sambar powder and turmeric powder. Stir well. Allow to boil on a medium flame till it thickens.


  1. Hi Kamala

    Your Blog is simply Awesome!!!

    I go through it when ever am in search of some good recipes…

    Keep up the great work..


  2. Hi,

    Thank you for visiting my site and your compliments.

  3. Hi kamala,

    I didnt realise so far that i need to see older posts for other receipes.I have been trying lot of your receipes and it is coming out soooooo well.Thanks a lot for your great job .Sorry for my previous email

  4. Hi Divya

    Nice to hear that you are trying my recipes. Main purpose of my site is to take the traditional food to younger generation. You are always welcome for any queries / doubts.

  5. I tried recipe this last night. It came out beautifully. Great balance of flavors. I have been trying to find this recipe, even the usually reliable "Dakshin" recipe book did not have it.
    Thank you so much. Shyamala, Ca,USA

  6. Thank you Shyamala for your kind feed back.

  7. lakshmibairavi

    hi kamala
    your website is very useful for us.i like mor kolambu.

  8. very nice recipies, nice and easy to prepare

  9. excellent south Indian Recipe

  10. amala_paul

    Hi Kamala Aunty,

    Your dishes are amazing, keep rocking on..

  11. amala_paul

    Hi Kamala Aunty,

    Your dishes are amazing, keep rocking on..

  12. Dear Kamla mam, Your dishes so picturesque and mouthwatering. I always go through your recipies whenever our function comes and it is always useful to me. Wheat adai-cum-dosa one of my recent favourite dish. Keep posting mam. One suggestion, if u can post step by step picture of the item it will be so helpful. Thanks

    • Hi Savithri,

      Thank you for your encouraging words. Actually I want to add step-by-step pictures. But due to lack of time, I could not do it for the time being. In future I may try to add it.

  13. dear kamala mami

    i am ardent follower when ever i need to make some different khuzumabu i refer your site. thanks for sharing so many varities

  14. j.reshma razack

    Mam….your recipe r very handy. My mother in law 84 years. always insist me to make dishes following ur steps. Thank u so much for your post..may god bless u. Hv wonderful dasara.

  15. You forgot to mention salt in description. Also adding sambar powder/ red chilli powder while sauting onions in oil will give bright color than adding in tamarind water.

  16. Thank you for your comments. I have added salt with tamarind while soaking.

  17. Thanks for the recipe, but it came in liquid form like rasam, not like the one i see in your blog picture…i too added tomatoes later also didn’t help—-can you give me the reason, i have proceeded according to the instruction written above.

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