Vatha Kolumbu is a typical sounth Indian dish. Vathal – stands for sun dried stuff like dried Bhendi, Cluster beans or Marathakali. These sundried products are widely available in all leading grocery stores today. These have a long shelf life & adding these to these Kolumbus makes it really yummy & gives a different flavour.
I love Vatha kolumbu as its simple yet tasty! Just rice, vatha kolumbu & any simple vegetable on side & papad.. Ahh!! What a satisfying meal. They say Vatha kolumbu & Parruppu usali is the best combo & yes, I like it too, but its tastes great with just potato curry too…
So here my version of Vatha kolumbu for u!
Tamarind – a lime size ball
Onion – 1
Gingelly Oil – 2 tbspns
Channa dhal – 1 tbspn
Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Curry leaves – few
Maratha kali Vathal – a handful (store bought)
Sambhar powder – 2 tsps
Salt – to taste
1. Soak tamarind in water & set aside.
2. In a pan add little oil & fry the vathal for few minutes, till they turn slightly brown & puff up a bit. Transfer to a vessel & set aside.
3.In the same pan add remaining oil & mustard seeds, channa dhal & curry leaves.
4.Then add finely chopped onions & fry well till they turn slightly brown.
5.Now add the tamrind water & bring to a boil.
6.Then add the sambhar powder, salt & bring to a good boil, till the raw smell of tamarind goes off & you will see oil coming on top. By now it will have a good thick consistency too.
7.Finally add the fried Vathal & mix well.
Serve with hot rice & some vegetable & papad on the side.