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manathakkali vathal kuzhambu recipe
Manathakkali keerai, Black night shade in English has amazing health benefits. It is a good remedy for mouth & stomach ulcers especially. I try to include manathakkali vathal/sundakkai vathal in my cooking at least once in a week. I got this vathal kuzhambu recipe from my Tamil brahmin friend Sumi.. This is a no onion,no garlic recipe & it can be made in minutes. 

This recipe is apt for bachelor’s & working women to finish off their cooking quickly in busy mornings. The best thing about this recipe is it has no cutting part. No need to cut any vegetables, onion, garlic as I do for my normal kara kuzhambu recipe. All the ingredients used in this recipe are readily available in our pantry. I have tried this recipe many times in my kitchen. Raksha and Sendhil like this kuzhambu a lot. All credits goes to you Sumi. Sumi is my school friend.

 After so many years, we met each other via facebook. She used to see my recipes and shared some of her authentic brahmin style recipes as well.Thank you so much Sumi for sharing your yummy recipes with me. I am planning to post them one by one in my space. So friends , if you r looking for an easy to make, quick vathakuzhambu recipe, here it is! Do try and leave ur feedback if you try it. I have updated this recipe with a video below. Please check it.

Click this link if you are interested to know the amazing health benefits.

manathakkali vathal kuzhambu recipe

Manathakkali vathal kuzhambu recipe - Tamil Brahmin style

Manathakkali vathal kuzhambu recipe - Brahmin style Simple , easy to make , tamil brahmin style manathakkali vathal kuzhambu recipe.U can try this with sundakkai vatral/turkey berry , cluster beans vatral too..
Cuisine: Indian Category: Lunch Yields: 2
Prep Time: 5 Mins Cook Time: 15 Mins Total Time: 20 Mins

To temper
  • Gingely oil/nalla ennai - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Toor dal - 1 tsp
  • Jeera/cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli – 1 no
  • Asafetida/Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Manathakkali vathal/Black night shade - 1tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few

To soak in water
  • Tamarind - A big gooseberry size (1/2 tbsp)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 3/4 - 1 tbsp
  • Grated jaggery – 1/2 tsp
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp (dissolve in little water)
  • Salt & water - as needed

  • Soak tamarind in a cup of warm water for sometime & take the extract. Make 2 cups  of extract in total. In a small bowl ,take the rice flour & dissolve it with little water without lumps. Set aside.
  • In a kadai, heat oil. Temper all the ingredients given above in the same order. Add manathakkali vathal and saute till it changes in color with a nice smell..
vathakuzhambu step by step recipe
  • Now add the sambar powder, saute for half a second and immediately add the tamarind extract, salt & turmeric powder.
vathakuzhambu step by step picture
  • Allow it to boil for 5 minutes till the raw smell of tamarind goes off. Add jaggery , mix well while boiling.Add diluted rice flour and boil for another 5 minutes till gravy thickens.. Boil till you get the desired consistency.
vathakuzhambu step by step recipe
Switch off the flame..


  • Avoid adding rice flour if you don't like. But you should add less tamarind or more sambar powder accordingly. Otherwise gravy may taste tangy.
  • U can replace manthakkali vathal with sundakkai vathal , cluster beans vathal etc.
  • If you want , you can fry finely chopped onions and garlic pieces while tempering to make it more flavorful.

Enjoy mixing with plain rice with papad and kootu as side dish !
manathakkali vathal kuzhambu brahmin style

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Gajus kitchen said...

looks perfect and tempting..

Priya Anandakumar said...

love manathakkali vatha kuzhambu, I am missing them here very badly...

Nithya said...

Tempting Manathakkali Kuzhambu.. My favourite and I am missing it here..

Shruti J said...

This is gonna be a hit in my kitchen!!! I'm a big time protein lover... n I'm sure it will drive me crazy in taste n aroma both :)

Your comment is awaited on :)

Sangeetha Priya said...

tempting kuzhambu, i hv this vathal, will try it sometime later!!!

Sangeetha M said...

Ohh..its nice Chitra that you still keep it touch with Sumi & Susi :) Dunno whether she remember me or not, but after reading this post i still remember her, very energetic and smart na. convey my regards :)
Vatha kuzhambu looks so inviting, its so simple and easy too..will def give it a try! said...

luks tempting n attarcting colour chitra..

Nava K said...

I agree on the nutrients of vathal esp on what you said about black shades. I adore the awesomeness of the curry especially how its elevated with the spices.

Chitra said...

Yes sangee , even i wanted to tell u about them . I have added so many of our school friends in my fb friends list. Do have a look. u may know some of them :)

Vidya Chandrahas said...

Very tempting kuzhambu....need one bowl of hot rice to eat with it.

Shama Nagarajan said...

tempting kuzhambu...truly authentic

Unknown said...

Tangy and fingerlicking fav...

pepper bowl said...

mouthwatering here!! adorable clicks!!

new mom said...

I tried today n it came out well .. Simple n tasty

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for the feedback :) I feel glad :)

Unknown said...

I tried your recipe and it came very well
Thanks for the recipe

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for trying and the prompt feedback . I am so glad :)

Bharathis said...

Very good recipe. Thanks!

Chitra said...

Thank you :)

Sahana Raghuraman said...

I'm a very big fan of Ur recipes..

Sahana Raghuraman said...

I want to give one tip tor this vethakuzhambu..after finish cooking it just add fresh curry leaves & half a spoon of gingley will add more flavour to any kind of vethakuzhambu..

Chitra said...

Thanks for the tip Ashwini. I used to do that but din't mention here ;)> I will add this point. Thanks again.