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April 11, 2018

Hotel Style Vatha Kuzhambu – Hotel Kara Kuzhambu Recipe

Hotel style kara kuzhambu
Its my long time wish to replicate Tamil nadu hotel style kara kuzhambu recipe / Vatha kuzhambu at home. Finally it happened by following this recipe from You tube video. In most of the hotels, this Sundakkai vatha kuzhambu is mentioned as kara kuzhambu. Kara kulambu is the common name used in Tamil nadu restaurants. But we at home differ the names based on the usage of vegetables or dried vegetable vathal.  In most of the hotels, sundakkai is used instead of vegetables. For authentic Kara kulambu, we add either brinjal, ladies finger or drumstick and we add ground coconut paste. In some hotels, they add fennel seeds as well. But vatha kuzhambu is prepared with any dried vegetables like sundakkai vathal, manga vathal, manathakkali vathal , Kothavarangai vathal and is usually prepared without coconut. But some people add coconut paste in vatha kuzhambu too. If we make it without coconut, it is called as Puli kulambu and if its with coconut and roasted spices, it is known as Arachuvitta vatha kuzhambu. So the point is, you can call this gravy as hotel style vatha kuzhambu if you add sundakkai vatral. But If you use any vegetables instead of vathal, you can name it as Kara kuzhambu :)). Whatever be the name, the taste of this gravy will surely remind hotel taste to you. I am completely happy with this recipe. You too give a try and share your feedback with me. This kuzhambu tastes even better the next day.  It tastes the best when mixed with hot plain rice. You can serve with any kootu and papad.  Soon I will share another version of hotel kara kuzhambu with masala flavor. Ok, Lets see how to make hotel style kara kuzhambu adding sundakkai vathal with step by step pictures.

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Hotel vatha kuzhambu

Hotel style kara kuzhambu / Vatha kuzhambu recipe

Hotel style kara kuzhambu / Vatha kuzhambu recipe

How to make hotel style vatha kuzhambu at home

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Kuzhambu recipes
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup = 250ml
  • Tamarind - A big gooseberry size
  • Small onion - 10 nos
  • Garlic cloves - 10 nos
  • Ripe tomato - 1/2 no
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Dried Turkey berry / Sundakkai vathal - A fistful
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Jaggery - 2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed ( I used 2.5 cups of water)
To Saute & Grind
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander seeds - 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 to 1.5 tsp (Adjust based on spice level)
  • Small onion - 5 nos
  • Ripe tomato - 1/2 no
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup ( I used dessicated coocnut)
To temper
  • Sesame oil - 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp


  1. Soak tamarind in 2 cups water and take the extract.
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a kadai and roast the ingredients except coconut given under “ to saute & grind”. Add coconut and grind to a smooth paste. Set aside.
  3. Heat 3 tbsp sesame oil. Splutter mustard seeds, methi, cumin seeds, urad dal.
  4. Saute turkey berry for few minutes. When it becomes golden brown, saute small onion, garlic cloves, curry leaves till onion becomes transparent.
  5. Add tamarind extract, jaggery, turmeric powder, coconut paste. Boil till nice smell arises.
  6. Switch off the flame when the oil starts to float on top. Transfer and serve with rice.


  • Soak tamarind in 2 cups of warm water for 15 minutes. Wash and peel onion, garlic cloves. Heat 2 tsp oil and roast chana dal, dhania, cumin seeds, 5 small onion, 1/2 of ripe tomato. Saute till tomato becomes pulpy. Add sambar powder, red chilli powder and mix well in medium flame. Do not burn any ingredients.

  • Add coconut, mix well and switch off the flame. Grind everything to a smooth paste. Set aside.
    Hotel kara kuzhambu recipe
  • Heat sesame oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad, cumin and methi seeds. Add sundakkai vathal and roast till golden brown. Then saute onion, garlic cloves, curry leaves till onion becomes transparent. Now add tomato and saute till mushy.
    Hotel kara kuzhambu recipe
  • Add 2 cups of tamarind extract, jaggery, turmeric powder, salt, ground coconut paste. Add little water if its too thick. Boil for few minutes in medium flame till oil starts to float on top.
    Hotel kara kuzhambu recipe
  • Try to make this kuzhmabu 2 to 3hours in advance for all its flavors to blend well. It tasted much better the next day. Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can add roasted sundakkai vathal at the end after switching off  the flame. It helps to give crunchy taste. You can also grind 2 roasted sundakkai with coconut if you like slight bitter taste in the gravy.
  • Do not skip the ingredients given under “to saute & grind”. It helps to give the hotel flavor.
  • In some hotels, they saute 1/2 tsp of fennel seeds along with other ingredients in the coconut masala.
  • For best taste, give more resting time for this kuzhambu.

Yummy, tasty Hotel style kara kuzhambu with sundakkai vathal is ready to enjoy with hot plain rice and poriyal / kootu, Papad !
I served it with banana flower kootu ( Recipe yet to be shared)

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November 15, 2017

Kara Chutney Recipe – Hotel Style Kara Chutney For Idli,Dosa

Kara chutney hotel style
I am a big fan of hotel kara chutney recipe. Whenever we visit a restaurant for breakfast or dinner, myself and my dad ask for more servings of kara chutney (Spicy chutney in English) than coconut chutney and green chutney even though it tastes too spicyTongue. We call it as red chutney. Having tasted so many hotel kara chutney recipes, I wanted to try it badly at home. So I came up with this basic version of  hotel style kara chutney and got good results. It tasted great with hot idli and dosa. I hope this chutney tastes good with adai, paniyaram, pongal and instant idli varieties. This chutney will surely remind some hotel taste to you.There are many type of kara chutney prepared in Tamil nadu hotels. Usually Tomato, onion, garlic and red chilli forms the base for this chutney. In some places, its also prepared without onion, with coconut or carrot to get nice orange color. In popular hotels like Saravana bhavan, Adayar Anandha bhavan they put urad dal, chana dal, coriander leaves or mint leaves in addition for more yield.

During my recent trip to Salem, we took a parcel of idli sambar along with ginger flavored coconut chutney and kara chutney/Red chutney from A2B, Chinnar.I shared a picture in my Instagram page as well. I wanted to replicate its taste at home. I smelt and tasted every bit of the red chutney to replicate at home. I found tomato, onion, red chilli, garlic, dals and coriander leaves were used to make that chutney. This kara chutney tasted so close to it as I din’t add coriander leaves. If you want to make the original A2B style kara chutney, you can add some coriander leaves in this recipe. I am sure you will get the same taste. Also don’t forget to use Kashmiri red chillies/Byadgi chilli and a small portion of red chilli powder to get bright red color. This chutney stays good for one to two days with refrigeration.Lets see how to make restaurant style kara chutney at home with step by step pictures and video.

Do check out my another version of Kara chutney, Hotel style Veg kurma, Hotel style Tiffin Sambar, poori masala, Parotta salna recipes. 

Kara chutney


Hotel Style Kara Chutney Recipe
Kara chutney recipe - How to make hotel style kara chutney/ spicy chutney for idli,dosa
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Chutney Recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

To Saute in oil
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos (Medium sized, 1 cup)
  • Big onion - 2 nos ( Small sized, 3/4 cup)
  • Garlic cloves - 5 nos ( small)
  • Urad dal - 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 4 nos ( 2+2 - spicy chilli + Kashmiri chilli. add 6 for spicy chutney)
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - As needed
  • Coriander leaves or curry leaves or mint leaves – 1 small sprig (For variations)
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  1. Wash and chop tomato,onion.Peel garlic and keep it ready.
  2. Heat oil and saute dals, red chilli, garlic, onion till transparent.
  3. Then add chopped tomato, red chilli powder, salt and cook till pulpy.
  4. Cool down and grind to smooth paste.
  5. Temper mustard, curry leaves. Add to kara chutney. Mix well & serve with idli, dosa.


  • Wash and chop tomato, onion. Peel garlic. Keep it ready. Heat oil in a kadai.
    Kara chutney - hotel style
  • Add urad dal, chana dal, red chilli ( I used 2 spicy long chilli & 2 Kashmiri chilli) & garlic cloves. When dals turn golden, add chopped onion. Saute till transparent.
    Kara chutney - hotel style
  • Add tomato, red chilli powder, salt. Saute till tomato turns mushy. Switch off the flame & let it cool down. If adding coriander leaves, you can add now & mix well.
    Kara chutney - hotel style
  • Grind to smooth paste adding water. Heat 2 tsp oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves & add to the chutney. Mix well & serve with hot idli and dosa.
    Kara chutney - hotel style

    Enjoy !
  • Do not add dals more than the mentioned quantity because the taste of dal dominates & chutney looks like a thick paste.
  • You can also skip chana dal & make only with urad dal.
  • You can add equal quantity of tomato, onion and try this chutney.
  • Add more chillies if you want spicy chutney. I made it medium spicy.
  • For variations, you can add 1 tbsp grated coconut or 1/2 tbsp coriander/mint leaves.
  • If you like the flavor, you can add few curry leaves or 1 tbsp grated carrot, saute with onion and make this chutney.
Try this yummy hotel style kara chutney at home and enjoy with idli,dosa !
I served it with Instant quinoa idli ;))

Hotel style kara chutney
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May 25, 2017

Khoya Kaju Recipe – Restaurant Style Khoya Kaju Gravy Recipe

I have never heard about khoya kaju gravy until my reader friend Dheepika requested me to try this recipe after having in an Indian restaurant. When she told me about this recipe, I browsed and shared the recipe links from 2 different websites to her. She went through them and told me about the color & texture of the gravy along with a picture of one she had in the restaurant.When I browsed for the recipe, I found khoya kaju gravy tastes sweets with mild spices basically.But Dheepika told the restaurant people made it red in color by adding red chilli powder as they asked for a spicy version. Based on her inputs, I followed the recipe of white based khoya kaju curry from spice up the curry and I used red chilli powder in place of green chillies.I tried it yesterday for our dinner.After tasting this, Sendhil told Khoya kaju curry would be white in color in most of the hotels. Some people may add food color to present it red in color, he added. Whatever it is, gravy came out delicious and very flavorful.We loved it with roti. Thanks to you Dheepika for making me try this restaurant style gravy. Soon I will try to share the recipe of khoya kaju white gravy. Though this gravy is very high in calories with full of ghee, cashews and khoya, everyone must give a try at home as it tastes so good & delicious Love Struck. We can indulge in these type of gravies at least once in a while for celebrations and occasions.So friends, do try it and share your feedback with me Happy .Lets see how to make this restaurant style khoya kaju gravy with step by step pictures and video !

Khoya Kaju Gravy Recipe

Khoya Kaju Gravy Recipe Khoya kaju gravy recipe - Side dish for roti, naan, kulcha
Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Side dish for roti
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Cashew nuts - 1/2 cup
  • Unsweetened khoya - 1/4 cup
  • Ghee + Cooking oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Cardamom powder – a pinch (optional)
  • Fresh curd/yogurt – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Kasoori methi – 1/2 tsp ( crushed, optional )
  • Fresh cream - 1 tbsp
To cook & grind
  • Big onion - 1 no or 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Pepper corns - 2 nos
  • Cashew nuts - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 1/2 cup

  • In a wide bowl, take the chopped onion, cashews, pepper corns, cinnamon, cloves along with water. Boil and cook for 5 minutes till onion turns soft. Grind everything to a smooth paste and keep aside.

  • Heat oil + ghee in a good non-stick pan and roast the cashews till golden.Remove in a plate. In the remaining oil+ghee, saute bay leaf and add the ground onion paste. This paste gets stuck to the bottom easily as it has cashews.So keep the flame very low and mix it till thick. Scrape the bottom and sides if needed and mix well.

  • Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, sugar, cardamom powder and garam masala powder. Mix for a minute in low flame. Then add curd and mix well.  Add 1 cup of water and boil the gravy till oil starts to float on top.

  • Lastly add the crumbled khoya and mix well. Gravy look orange in color. Add the roasted cashews,mix well and switch off  the flame. Then add crushed kasoori methi, fresh cream and mix well. Serve with roti, naan or kulcha !
  • Enjoy !

  • Reduce the quantity of red chilli powder if you want mildly spiced gravy.
  • Skip red chilli powder, dhania powder, garam masala powder and add green chillies while boiling onions to make a white based gravy.
  • You can add more khoya if you want more creamy gravy.
  • Adding kasoori methi is optional. But it adds flavor.

Try this yummy, creamy, rich & delicious Khoya kaju gravy at home !
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February 27, 2017

Vegetable Palav Recipe – Karnataka Style Veg Pulao - Rice Bath Recipe

Karnataka style veg pulao recipe
Mixed vegetable pulao is a must and should recipe in all the weddings, lunch buffet and parties in Karnataka. In our school moms group, we used to conduct kitty party once in a month in one of our houses. Mostly it would be a lunch party. I still remember Tara’s kitty party lunch menu. I had this pulao for the first time in her house and after that in few hotels, marriage functions and birthday parties. My friends call this as “Palav” in Kannada. I am a big fan of this Karnataka style pulao especially for its wonderful flavor.I don’t mind eating one full plate of it. I got this recipe from Tara and made it for our Sunday Lunch last week. It came out very well with the awesome masala flavor which is the highlight of this pulao. Tara makes it super spicy and very tasty.The whole pot gets emptied in few minutes. Thanks a lot Tara for teaching me this wonderful veg pulao recipe to me. Now I am confident enough to try this rice variety for my guest & parties.This pulao looks mild green in color.In some hotels here, they serve a red colored pulao adding red chilli powder. If you are looking for that version, check out this delicious and Restaurant style SPICY VEG PULAO recipe which I learnt from my another friend Megha. Now lets see how to make this yummy, Karnataka style Vegetable pulao with step by step pictures and video !

Veg pulao recipe Karnataka

Karnataka style vegetable pualo recipe

Karnataka style vegetable pualo recipe How to make Karnataka style veg pulao recipe at home
Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Rice varieties
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Sona masoori / Raw rice - 1 cup ( Use good quality ones)
  • Water - 2 cups ( to soak rice)
  • Mixed vegetables - 1/2 cup ( 1 Carrot, 5 beans, 1 potato, fistful peas)
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Black stone flower - 2 nos
  • Marathi moggu - 1 no
  • Star anise - 1 no
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Big onion -1 no ( sliced)
  • Tomato - 1 small ( chopped finely)
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Crushed kasoori methi - 1 tsp ( optional)
  • Salt - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies - 6 nos ( use 8 for more spicy taste, 4 for less spice)
  • Mint leaves - a handful
  • Big onion - 1/2 no
  • Cinnamon - 2 inch piece
  • Cloves - 3 nos
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Ginger - 1.5 inch piece
  • Garlic cloves - 8 nos
  • Water - as needed ( to grind to paste)

  • Wash and soak 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water for 15 to 30 minutes. Wash and chop the vegetables into small cubes.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Grind the ingredients given under “ To grind” to a smooth paste by adding required water. Set aside.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base and add the whole garam masala. Saute until aromatic and then add sliced onions. Saute till transparent. Now add the tomato pieces and saute till mushy.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Add the ground masala paste. Mix well for a minute. Now add chopped vegetables, mix well for a minute. Then add the soaked rice along with water. Add dhania powder, crushed kasoori methi(optional) and required salt in the water. Mix well. Take some water and check for taste. Add more salt if required and slit green chilli for spicy taste.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Pressure cook in very low flame for two whistles. Open the lid after the steam is released completely. Fluff the rice gently with a fork. Remove in a plate and serve hot with onion raita ! This rice looks slightly mushy when hot. But rice grains become fluffy and separate as it cools down.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • If you are making it for parties or functions, make this pulao one hour in advance and let it be in the cooker to stay warm. If it cools down, sprinkle very little water and reheat it for few minutes before serving. Tastes and smells yum !
Enjoy !
  • My friend Tara adds 8 to 10 chillies for the mentioned quantity. But I used 6 as my chillies were spicy. Adjust the quantity based on your taste. You can even add slit chillies in the water if you feel spiciness is less.
  • If you want, you can use red chilli powder or red chillies instead of green chillies while grinding the masala.
  • Addition of dhania powder and kasoori methi gives a nice flavor to pulao. Kasooi methi is not added usually in Karnataka style pulao, but i followed my friend's suggestion :)
  • Good quality raw rice is used for Karnataka style pulao. You can replace with basmati rice of you wish.In that case, use 1:1.5 cups of rice and water ratio.
  • For variations, you can use coriander leaves instead of mint leaves but flavor may vary. 

Try this yummy, spicy Karnataka style veg pulao for your weekend lunch or lunch box,Enjoy !
Karnataka style pulao recipe
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February 6, 2017

Kerala Vegetable Stew | Ishtu Recipe – Side Dish For Appam, Idiyappam

 Kerala Vegetable stew recipe
Vegetable stew also known as Ishtu is one of the most popular side dish recipes served for Appam and Idiyappam/Noolappam in Kerala. I make appam at least twice in a month for breakfast as it is our family favorite. Usually I make mixed vegetable stew, potato kurma/ paya or onion chutney as side dish for appam. I learnt this stew recipe after watching a cookery show by a Chef in Raj TV. He addressed this recipe as “Restaurant style Vegetable Stew”. I got attracted by the title and wrote down the recipe in my cook book. Its a very simple & healthy vegetable stew recipe that looks colorful with awesome flavor and rich taste of mixed vegetables, coconut oil & coconut milk. I made this stew in pressure cooker to make my job easier.So its color was pale white but it tasted great. We loved it a lot with appamHappy.This veg stew post was lying in my drafts for long time.So I thought of bringing out today.Happy Friends, do try this easy, Kerala style vegetable stew recipe at home & relish it with appam or idiyappam for your breakfast. For variations, you can use potato instead of mixed veggies and make it as potato stew. Ok lets see how to make vegetable stew with step by step photos !
Check out my other “Kerala Recipes” too!
Vegetable stew recipe

Kerala Vegetable Stew Recipe

Kerala Vegetable Stew Recipe How to make Kerala style vegetable stew recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish For Appam
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 240ml
  • *Mixed vegetables ( Carrot, Beans, Potato) - 3/4 cup
  • Big onion - 1 no ( Slice thinly)
  • Ginger - 2 inch piece ( Slice it thinly or finely chopped)
  • Green chilli – 2-3 nos ( slit)
  • Thin coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Thick coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Salt – As needed
  • Sugar – A big pinch
To temper
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Curry leaves – Few
** Carrot – 1 medium, Potato – 1 medium, Beans – 4 nos

  • Grate or chop 1 coconut into pieces. Grind to a smooth paste adding 1 cup of water. Strain the thick coconut milk and keep it in a bowl. Again grind the coconut adding 1 cup of water.Take the second milk by extracting it. Keep in another bowl.
  • Wash and chop the vegetables of 1 inch length. Slit the green chilli, slice the onion.Chop the ginger into small pieces or slice it thinly.
    Vegetable stew recipe
    Vegetable stew recipe
  • Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker base. Saute bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves. Add thinly sliced onion, ginger pieces and slit green chilli. Saute till onion turns transparent. Make sure color of onion stays white and not brown.
    Vegetable stew recipe
    Vegetable stew recipe

  • Then add the chopped mixed vegetables, a big pinch of sugar and saute for a minute. Sugar helps to retain the color of vegetables.Add the required salt and the second coconut milk.Mix well and close the cooker. Cook for one whistle in very low flame. It takes 7-8 minutes.Open the cooker after the steam is released.Veggies would be cooked soft.
  • Now add the thick coconut milk now and give one boil.Check for taste, add more salt if needed. Switch off the flame. Garnish with curry leaves and set aside. Give a standing time of 15 minutes and serve with appam/idiyappam.
    Vegetable stew recipe
  • Enjoy !

  • Add more green chilli for spicy taste.
  • Add cashew paste for thickness and richness to the stew. Grind 6 cashews and add the paste.
  • This stew has a mild masala flavor.
  • Coconut oil is very important for tempering. Do not skip it.
Try this Kerala style vegetable stew with appam and enjoy !!
How to make vegetable stew
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