Verkadalai thengapaal kuzhambu is famous in Karaikudi and chettinad areas. A south indian kuzhambu variety. Tamil people’s favourite kuzhambu which is prepared atleast once in a week. A tamarind based curry absolutely delicious when had with rice and papad. Typical south Indian kuzhambu made with freshly extracted coconut milk. Usually this kuzhambu is prepared with fresh beans (pacha mochi) but i tried making with peanuts for a change.
Instead of peanuts you can add brinjal, drumstick or fresh beans like pachai mochai, thovarai kottai or any dried beans like cow peas. Soak the dried beans overnight, pressure cook and add it. Vegetables you can add it with the tamarind extract and allow to cook and rest the same. Do try it and give me the feedback.
PREP TIME : 30 minutes
COOK TIME : 20 minutes
CUISINE : south Indian
COURSE : sidedish
YIELD : 4 servings
INGREDIENTS REQUIRED :
Raw peanuts – 1/2 cup
Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Methi seeds – 1/8 tsp
Red chillies – 2 no.
Sprigs of curry leaves
Shallots – 1 handful
Garlic – 2 no.
Tamarind extract – 1gooseberry sized tamarind soaked in water and squeezed.
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Coconut milk (thick) – 1 cup
Salt as required
Wash the shelled peanuts. Break open and collect the peanuts.
Pressure cook fresh raw peanuts with little salt for 2 whistles and keep it aside.
Heat sesame oil in a pan. Temper mustard seeds, methi seeds, curry leaves and red chillies. Saute whole shallots and garlic.
Add the tamarind extract and allow to boil.
Add in the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, sambar powder and coriander powder.
Stir well in simmer until the raw smell goes then add the cooked peanuts.
Now add the coconut milk and salt.
Allow it to boil well for a minute and the peanut coconut milk curry is done.
Add thick coconut milk to get the right kuzhambu consistency. Increase the quantity of coconut milk according to your needs. More milk you add the more gravy you get.
Adjust the chilli powder as per your taste.
Veggies like brinjal, drumstick or dried cowpeas, fresh beans (thovarai kottai, pachai mochai) can also be used in this kuzhambu.