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Vendhaya kuzhambu Recipe 

This is one of my most favourite kuzhambu, which is a third generation recipe. I learnt it from my mom, who learnt it from her granny. My son simply loves this so much, that he wants this dish at least once a week. In fact he eats more than usual when I prepare this dish. All you need are a few simple ingredients to get along with it. Today let us learn how to make Vendhaya kuzhambu. The addition of tamarind lends sour taste to the dish and addition of onions & chilli lends a sweet and spicy taste. The combination of sour and spicy makes it as a perfect accompaniment for rice. 



  • ½ kg of Onions 

  • ½ teaspoon vendhayam (fenugreek seeds)

  • Tamarind size of gooseberry 

  • Dry red chillies 8 in numbers

  • 3 teaspoons of cooking oil 

  • Salt to taste



  1. Soak tamarind in water for 15min (it will be easy to extract the juice)

  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the vendhayam / Methi seeds 

  3. Sauté well till it changes colour and add red chillies

  4. Add finely chopped onions and sauté well until they turn translucent 

  5. Add salt at this stage, so the onions will be cooked evenly and quickly

  6. Now add the tamarind extract   

  7. Add half cup of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles

  8. Let the pressure settle down and blend it 

  9. Tasty vendhaya kuzhambu is ready!


   Tips / variations:  

  • Make sure the quantity of vendhayam is exactly as mentioned as excess of it will give a bitter taste.

  • Blending it with (kalchatti) mud pot is the traditional way as it gives extra taste.

  •  If electrical hand blender is used, make sure you have chopped the onions finely so that u need not blend it more. As too much of blending takes away the consistency and taste of the dish. 


Shelf life: 

  • It can be stored for more than a day if refrigerated. 


Nutrients value:

  • Onions are very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fibre, Vitamin B6 and a very good source of Vitamin C. 

  • Fenugreek seeds are rich in minerals such as iron and zinc. In the vitamin department, it contains folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin A & C.