spoon sesame oil to smoking point,add methi seeds and let it splutter..Next add chillies, channa dal and saute for 2 minutes 2.Add the chopped tomatoes,whole onions,cut drumstick pieces,turmeric powder,sambar powder and saute well for 10 minutes,till the raw smell goes off. Add the tamarind juice and mix well and cook for 5 minutes 3.Add water,salt and cook on medium flame till the quantity reduces and thickens. Add 1 more spoon of sesame oil,keep in high flame for five minutes and remove from heat.
is added for color,you can leave it out if not preffered
However,after few trials, I got the right texture with rite taste. The best combination of rice with vathakuzhambu is sutta apalamThe most important ingredient for making kumbakonam vathakuzhambu is athiri,sundaikai,Mangai,Manatha thakkali and also the tamarind extract used should be too thick so you should add a bid gooseberry size tamarind But its not necessary to include all these vathals, but indeed it’s a vathalkuzhambu
When we make sambar with dal,we make some stir fry so that the heaviness of sambar due to dal is balanced by light stir fry,on the other hand when we makekuzhambu with out dal such as vathakuzhambu,pulikuzhambu,a kootu is included or may be some tuber like potato,raw banana roast will be made