Friday 28 February 2014

Vendhaya Kuzhambu/Fenugreek Seeds Gravy – Tamil Nadu Special

“Vendhaya Kuzhambu/Fenugreek Seeds Gravy” is a traditional and authentic kuzhambu prepared in all most all the homes of Tamil Nadu. I was looking at my recipe index and then I realized I have not posted some very common and important kuzhambu varieties of Tamil Nadu. So today I decided to post my mom’s Vendhaya Kuzhambu. Try this aromatic and flavourful Vendhaya Kuzhambu and have a great day.

Here’s how to make Vendhaya Kuzhambu with step by step photos….


1 finely chopped/10
10 cloves
Green chillies
1 slit lengthwise
One lemon size ball
One small piece
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Fenugreek seeds/Vendhayam
½ tsp
One pinch
Curry leaves
Gingelly oil/Nallaennai
2 tbsp
As needed

To Roast and Grind

Fenugreek seeds/Vendhayam
½ tsp
Coriander seeds
2 tbsp
Dry red chillies
3 or 4
Black pepper corns/Milagu
½ tsp
Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu
1 tsp
Preparation time: 10 minutes      
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4


Dry roast the ingredients mentioned under roast and grind. Let it cool and then grind it in the mixer to a fine powder.

Soak the tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes. Extract the juice with 1 ½ -2 cups of water and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, splutter mustard seeds, add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and fry for a minute.

Add finely chopped onions, garlic, green chillies and sauté well until they turn translucent.

Now add the tamarind extract, turmeric powder, salt and ground masala powder.

Let it boil really well until it becomes thick. Adjust the amount of salt and add a very small piece of jaggery, stir it well and switch off the stove.

Aromatic and flavourful Vendhaya Kuzhambu is ready to be enjoyed.

Finally, add some fried curry leaves to the vendhaya kuzhambu and serve this delicious kuzhambu with white rice and appalam.

  • I don't add grated coconut when grinding the masala powder, it is totally your choice. If you want to add coconut, add about 2 tbsp of coconut, roast and grind.
  • Sometimes I skip the chana dal/kadalai paruppu and add 1 tsp of rice flour to thicken the gravy.
  • Try to use Nallaennai/Gingelly oil when making this kuzhambu, if it is not available then you can choose sunflower oil.
  • Please try to use shallots/pearl onions/sambar vengayam, since I don't get them here I have used the regular onions.
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Other South Indian Kuzhambu varieties that might be of your interest...

Kaaramani Kaara Kuzhambu/Blackeyed beans gravy

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  1. tasty and healthy kuzhambu. Would love it with some rice.

  2. interesting and inviting recipe........try this soon!!

  3. Wow very falavourful and delicious kozhambu :) looks so inviting and very healthy !!

  4. A healthy curry and one among the best with rice :)

  5. Delicious and flavorful kuzhambu.

  6. looks yum! so tasty with freshly grinded spices

  7. Tangy n yummy 1.. have to surely keep extra rice if its there in menu..

  8. super delicious and mouthwatering kuzhambu ...!!

  9. wow yemmy vendhaya curry ..good for health too ...Priya ..

  10. It's such an interesting recipe!! Looks perfectly done

  11. You definitely know what will hype me up. All your dishes just makes me float on cloud 9. And you did it again with this delicious gravy.

  12. simple and delicious gravy...

  13. All time favorite humble kuzhambu,looks perfect

  14. this looks yumm! :) long time I have not visited any blogs... :) perfect gravy.. n congrats on your new domain sissy

  15. Very aromatic and yummy it with rice and papad :)
    Just noticed it, Congrats Priya on your new domain...Good luck!

  16. tangy n tempting kuzhambu!!

  17. this really looks yummy...aromatic & tangy ...need some hot rice with this..

  18. Healthy and flavorful kuzhambu!

  19. BOOKMARKED....healthy and cool for this summer ...


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