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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I first need to thank a reader who took time and sent me this recipe. I have few reader friends who send their recipes to me for trying and posting in my blog. I have many like that in my inbox folder. Last month when I could not come to a clear decision what to try, I went through this folder and saw this recipe from Sangeetha sekar which was apt for me to try for blog as well as for my lunch. She sent this long time back, its only now I got the right time. It was yummy and different from our usual way of cooking.


Vendakkai puli kulambu recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time:30 mins tamarind soaking time    |  Cook time: 20 mins     Serves: 4


Ladies finger – 12 young, tender

Tamarind – 1 tsp tightly packed

Sambar powder – 2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Sesame oil / Oil – 2 tbslp

Salt – As needed

Garlic – 3 flakes

To sautee in oil and grind

Shallots (Small onion) – 12

Tomato – 2

Coconut – 1/2 cup

To temper

Oil  - 2 tblsp

Mustard – 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds / Vendhayam / Methi – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig


  1. Cut ladies finger into one inch pieces. Peel small onion, roughly cube tomato, slice garlic into thin circles. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup hot water for 30 mins, extract the juice with another 1/2 cup of water. Keep aside. In a kadai, add a tblsp of sesame oil and fry the ladies finger in medium flame stirring every now and then until the slime goes away and black spots appear here and there. Keep aside. In the same kadai, fry peeled small onion. Add oil if needed.
  2. 1-fry
  3. Once onion turns transparent, add cubed tomato.
  4. 2-fry
  5. Once tomato becomes soft, add coconut and fry for a minute. Transfer to a plate.Let it cool down.
  6. 3-roast
  7. Mean while, Heat oil for tempering, temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table, add sliced garlic. When garlic is fragrant, add the sauteed ladies finger.
  8. 4-temper
  9. Add extracted tamarind juice, and adjust water so that totally its 2 & 1/2 cups of water. Add turmeric, sambar powder and mix well. Simmer for 8 mins.
  10. 5-add
  11. Meanwhile grind the sauteed onion, tomato, coconut with little water to a paste. Add it to the boiling gravy along with little water.
  12. 6-ground
  13. Boil for 3 more minutes and until the gravy is thick. It thickens a bit after cooling down, so switch off accordingly.
  14. 7-boil


    • Since we add tomato as well as tamarind, add sambar powder or red chilli powder as mentioned, otherwise it will not be balanced since we are adding coconut too.
    • If you don’t have sambar powder, just replace with red chilli powder as the original recipe calls for.

Serve with rice and if desired, sesame oil or ghee on top.

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  1. I think you have missed lady's finger in ingredients list

  2. Very creamy and tasty Kulambu..

  3. lip-smacking kulambu!! awesome clicks as ever :)

  4. Oh god I am abt to post a similar recipe people r going to think I copied u 😳😳😳 lovely pic raks

    1. Haha, go ahead, no one will even notice ;) Still I know you are honest. :)

  5. Tried it yesterday was a smash hit... My husband never has afternoons food for dinner,but he had it last night and also today morning.. He loved it that much. My kids loved it too.. :)

  6. I tried this today its very tasty tasty. Thanks for your guidance :)

  7. good recipe.. thanks for posting..

  8. Wonderful recipe & the steps!!! I followed it as mentioned and it came out so well. My hubby loved it. Am following many recipes from your blog but this is the first time I am commenting. Whenever I search for any recipe, I first search in Rakskitchen!!! You ROCK!!!

    1. Woww sister its easy to cook.my mother in law like this kulambu so much thank u

  9. Super taste ...taste was amazing.pls keep going like this..thanks to u

  10. I have been looking for a yummy recipe for Vettaikkai. Thanks Raks.

  11. Hi raks..... Tried ur recipe today. It was just awesome. I m ur blog silent follower. When ever and what ever dish i have tried from ur blog, it has been just awesome. Keep going. Forgot to mention about this recipe.... My hubby just loved it do much tat... He din want any side dish to distract the taste ��. Thank u !

  12. Hi raks..I too tired..it was delicious.. Thanks for ur receipe..I'm finding moru kolambu receipe but not able to get it..

  13. hi raks... i have been following all ur recipes and it is always a hit whenever i make it... now my hubby eats whatever i prepare.. thnkx a lot..this recipe came out too good and loved the flavour... god bless u and ur family with all health and happiness.

  14. Hi raks..I tried many of ur recipes..all turned out great..good going raks..but I wanna clarify one doubt abt this recipe ..can we replace small onion with big onion..will it taste good?

  15. Yes sure. You can use.

  16. Can we make it without tomatoes?


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