Ladies Finger Vaththa Kuzhambu

by
Vidhya
This is the easiest recipe from Tamil cuisine. This is the recipe that most of us learn from our moms. The specialty of this is, we can make it in 10 mins. It involves less hassle and it is incredibly tasty! Ideally it suits beginners and bachelors who struggle with cooking.

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Serves 4

Key Ingredients
Ladies finger (chopped into 1 inch size – Little finger sized)
Tamarind 1 gooseberry size (soaked in warm water and strained),
Tomato 1 chopped as big slices (optional);

For Seasoning
Til oil 1-2 tbsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp
Hing (asafotedia) 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves a few
Green or dried red chili (whole) 3-4 Nos.
Powdered jaggery (Optional) 1 tsp
Sambar powder 1 tsp (Optional)

Method
1. In a thick bottomed pan heat a generous dash of gingely/ til oil, to that add mustard seeds and once it crackles, add fenugreek seeds, hing, chilies & curry leaves. Saute them in slow flame for a minute. 2. Add the chopped Ladies finger & saute for around 5 minutes. Ensure it doesn’t burn, add little oil if needed.
3. Once Ladies finger is half cooked, add tamarind juice to it & mix it well. Add salt & turmeric powder & simmer it.
4. Add tomato if required. Let it cook for around 10 minutes. Once the raw smell of tamarind is completely gone, we may add sambar powder & little jaggery (optional).

* The other version is where you may add 1 spoon rice powder mixed with water ensuring no lumps are formed & add in the kuzambhu as a last step. This will instantly thicken the Kuzhambu.

Garnish with curry leaves & coriander leaves.

This simple and handy recipe goes well with hot, steaming rice & a dash of ghee/ Til oil.
It tastes best  with Papads, potato fry or brinjal curry or a simple, healthy salad.

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