Written by lajo


  1. Manoo

    We srilankans also make vatral kuzhambu only with onion & some garlic… we call it venthaya kuzhambu… We fry onion n garlic until they turn out into brown n add some fenugreek seeds. We only use gingely oil as well… Just the venthaya kuzhambu tastes good with white rice… Nothing can beat it na… You remembered our venthaya kuzhambu… going to make it this weekend


    Side dish for vathal kolumbu should not be too spicy .You can have omlete, egg fry(burgi), potato or simply appalam(pappads)

    1. ssujatha

      i hope aviyal goes well with vathalkuzhambu.i just posted the recipe t’day.u can try it.
      its one of my favourites.
      hope u will like it

  3. Visitor

    Hi Latha,
    Today i prepared valthal kolumbhu it came out great .Thanks for ur recipe. But i have a doubt is it 11 teaspoons of chillipowder or 1 teaspoon.please reply.


    Hi visitor,
    Store brought sambhar pwd can also be used.The way I prepare sambhar pwd is ;
    coriander seeds – 2 tbsp
    chana dal – 1tbsp
    fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp
    black pepper – 4-5
    rice – 1tsp
    jeera – 1tsp
    curry leaves – 5-6(optional)
    Dry roast all the above ingredients, when cool grind to a fine powder. I dont usally add red chillies ,directly I use red chilly powder while making curry
    Hope u enjoy vathal kolumbu as well as sambhar made of this powder.

    1. kaberi

      hey latha thanks for the sambar powder recipe.i was thinking from past some days to try this powder at home instead of buying outside.thanks for your help.

  5. Visitor

    hi latha, pls let me know sambar powder receipe. i use store bought sambar powder for sambar. so pls let me know the exact preparation of sambar powder for vatha kolambu. thanks


    Hi kaberi, I dont think so u will get sundakai and manathakali in U.S ,but if u have any tamil friends u can get it from tamilnadu. I think u know curd chillies which is dried one (in pappad varieties) ,this sundakai and manaathakali is also same type
    All the best

    1. kaberi

      hey latha,thanks for your info.just now i saw the pics of your dish…its looks inlaws house is in hyderabad and at their house,one mostly prepared dish is KARA PULUSU.i will try without that two ingredients only

  7. kaberi

    thanks latha,i will definitely follow the link and try to prepare your recipe…ya i have seen that you said to prepare with onion only.but i want to prepare both the ways 🙂

  8. kaberi

    hey latha,can you give the name of that two ingredients Sundakai vathal n Manathakali vathal in english.i dont know south indian name of ingredients.thats why a request…thanks in advance.

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