Vatha Kuzhambu Podi

Vatha Kuzhambu Podi


  • Red Chilli – 1 cup
  • Coriander seeds – 1 cup
  • Thuvar Dhal – 1/4 cup
  • Bengal gram dhal – 1/4 cup
  • Urad dhal – 2 tablespoons
  • Black Pepper – 1 tablespoon
  • Jeera – 1 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – Two or three teaspoons


  1. In a little oil, fry separately coriander seeds, red chillies, Bengal gram, thuvar dal, fenugreek seeds, pepper and jeera to a light golden colour. When cooled, grind all these ingredients to a fine powder.
  2. Note: To make vatha kuzhambu, soak lemon size tamarind in water and extract the tamarind juice. Add enough water and make two cups of tamarind water. Add turmeric powder and a teaspoon of salt to the tamarind water and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, add one tablespoon vatha kuzhambu podi and allow to boil for few seconds.
  3. Season it with mustard, fenugreek and asafotida powder.


  1. Shankar Narayanan

    I have used very ripe tomatoes along with tamarind. I love your recipes. Feels like I am at home.

  2. Dear ma’am,
    Can you suggest what vegetables to make vatha kuzhambu.thanks arthy

  3. hi kamalaji,
    Can you tell what vegetables to use for vatha kuzhambu.thanks arthy

    • Hi Arthy,

      For Vatha Kuzhambu, normally “Vathal” (Dried vegetables like sundaikai vathal, Manathakkali Vathal) is used. However, we can add Brinjal, Broad Beans, Raw Banana, Yam, etc. When you add vegetable to the vatha kuzhambu, it is called “Puzhi Kuzhambu”.

  4. Hi, found this blog to be sooooo useful as i reside abroad…. Feels at home… as u have mentioned in the ingredients do we use URAD DAL in making the powder or do we use it for seasoning????
    Love Anjana

  5. It is very useful powder,it make the recipe more taster.thank you madam.

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