Sunday, November 18, 2018

Vatha Kulambu

Vatha Kulambu is that one umami dish so scrumptious and wholesome, it only needs a side of plain rice to render itself complete.
It is by far my favorite of all the gravies on the Tamil Indian menu. Sweet (jaggery), sour (tamarind), bitter (turkey berries), spicy (chili) and salty (salt) flavors bring together that tastefulness.
Vatral is the Tamil word for sun dried (presoaked in yogurt, often times) vegetables and berries. Here I used Sundakkai Vatral, translated as “dried turkey berries”.

I was once told by a relative that this dish is a Brahmin Iyengar specialty, but don't have a way to confirm. Pretty sure it is enjoyed by a vaster community, but cooked in a various manners. Possibly in other parts of India, as well, known by different names.

Here's a well made video tutorial of this dish:
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