Mixed vegetable kulambu( kadambha kulambu) is a curry with mixed vegetables like bitter gourd, yellow pumpkin and ladies finger. This kulambu is our family’s favourite and we prepare this usually on ammavasaya (no moon day). It has all the tastes of life bitterness from bitter gourd, sourness from tamarind and sweetness from pumpkin. When I was a kid, our whole family unite on the ammavasaya day, we meet our cousins, moms all cook together, we sit in the floor and eat the food served in banana leaves, eat- chat with our blood relations and it was fun. I used to hate this kulambu that time but later on when I grew up understood how healthy and the mixture of taste it blends with also the memories it bring… every dish has a story like every saree has its own story. My kids love to have it with rice and papad. Do try this curry and enjoy with your family.
PREP TIME : 20 minutes
COOK TIME : 30 minutes
CUISINE : South Indian
COURSE : Sidedish
YIELD : 4 servings
INGREDIENTS REQUIRED :
Bitter gourd – 150 gm
Ladies finger – 100 gm
Yellow pumpkin – 150 gm
Coconut grated – 90 gm
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Sambar powder – 1 & 1/2 tsp
Tamarind – a small lemon size
Salt as required
To temper :
Sesame oil – 5 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Sprigs of curry leaves
Methi seeds – 1/4 tsp
Red chillies – 2no.
Asafoetida – 2 pinches
Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan add chopped ladies finger saute until half cooked and keep it aside.
In same pan add chopped bitter gourd and saute untill cooked and keep it aside.
In another pan add 2 glasses of water, add chopped pumpkins, turmeric powder and close it. Let it cook.
Meanwhile take grated coconut in a mixer jar and grind it to a very fine paste using little water.
Once the pumpkins are cooked, add the sauted veggies and ground coconut.
Add sambar powder, tamarind extract, salt and adjust water accordingly.
Allow it to boil well, check for the taste and stop the flame.
Finally heat 2tbsp oil, temper mustard seeds, methi seeds, curry leaves, red chillies and asafoetida.
Add in the tempered mixture to the pan.
Mixed vegetable kulambu is now ready to serve with rice.
You can also add carrots and broad beans to this kulambu.