Manathakali Vathal Kuzhambu Recipe-Tamil Delicacy

Manathakkali Vatha Kuzhambu

recipe of Manathakkali Vatha Kuzhambu, a famous South Indian Tamil delicacy to be served with steamed white rice, with step by step instructions and pictures.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 462kcal
Author Sujatha Muralidhar


  • 1/4 Cup Manathakkali dried
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 pod Garlic 1/2 Cup
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut slices  
  • 1 lemon size Tamarind  
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder  
  • 3 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt  
  • 4 tbsp Cooking Oil / Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Skinless black gram /urad dal


  • Chop onion, tomato, peel garlic and keep everything handy.
  • Soak tamarind for about 10-15 minutes and extract its juice by adding 1 cup of water. Discard the waste and Keep aside the extracted juice.
  • Heat oil in the pan, add mustard seeds followed by urad dal. Wait till the mustard gets splutters well with all crackling sound.
  • Then add dried manathakali vathal and fry till they fluff up and changes its color.
  • Then add chopped onion and garlic and saute them until onion becomes soft and tender.
  • Then add chopped tomato and continue to saute them till the tomato mashed up little.
  • Add chili powder and coriander powder and saute it for a minute. Careful at this point, the powders should not get burnt.
  • In a saucepan add the kept aside extracted juice. Transfer the cooked onion, tomato mixture. Add 2 cups of water and salt. Bring it to boil in medium flame. Cook it for about 15 min. Add coconut slices just before removing it from the stove. Remove it from the fire, when the masalas are cooked up to the perfect level. Adjust water to reach desired consistency.


Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 1233mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 915IU | Vitamin C: 13.7mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.9mg