Vendhaya Kulambu ( வெந்தய குழம்பு )

This is a very simple curry that will take about 25 mins in all to prepare. The methi seeds you add in tempering gives an unique flavor to the curry and hence the name 'vendhaya kolambu'. This is very similar to puli kulambu except for the methi seeds addition. Make sure to add lots of garlic as they play a good role in the curry too. This curry keeps good in fridge for more than 2 days too in cold regions. This is my all time favorite from my mom's cooking.

Makes about 5 servings
  • In a hot pan, add 3 tsp of oil. When oil is hot enough, add 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 tsp of cumin seeds, 1 tsp of chana dhal, 1 tsp of urid dhal, 1 spring of curry leaves, a pinch of hing and 1 tsp of methi seeds in the order specified
  • Do not add brown the methi seeds as they will turn very bitter otherwise. Same way add the above ingredients one by one, making sure each spice is sauted for few seconds before the next spice follows it
  • Now add 1 big onion (finely chopped) and saute until onions brown a little. 
  • Add a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, about 15 garlic pods and saute until garlics are translucent
  • Add 1 big tomato finely chopped to the pan and saute until oil leaves the sides
  • You may cover and cook the tomatoes if you wish. Stir occasionally though
  • Now add 1 tsp of red chilly powder, 3 tsp of dhania powder, more salt per taste and stir for a minute
  • Add 1/2 cup of tamarind juice extracted from saoked tamarind or add 1tbsp of tamarind paste
  • Add 2 cups of water and cover and cook for 10 minutes with occasional stirring
  • Once the curry comes to a boil, add 1 cube of cocount milk or 1 tbsp of grated coconut
  • Bring the curry to a boil again (might take about 5 mins in low flame)
  • Serve hot or cold with plain rice. Some may like it with Idli/Dosa too.


  1. Hi Thenu,
    i tried your Vendhaya kulambu recipe, it came out really good you know(actually am studying in UK and i never tried cooking in India before, lol), loads of thanks to you..
    by the way i like the way you narrated the method of recipe..

    Sheffield, UK

  2. Thanks, Dominic! That is very good to hear. :-) Hope you find more such simple delicacies in my kitchen. Happy Studying & Cooking. LOL

  3. AnonymousJune 05, 2010

    Hi thenu, i tried out the vazhaipoo-kulambu and it came out really great.

    Thanks a lot..

  4. Hi Raj,
    You are most welcome! Thanks for leaving a comment. :-)

  5. can i make this kulambu with venthaiya kerai

  6. New mom,
    I have never tried that combo. But I think it will come out good too. You may still want to add the methi seeds though you are adding the keerai. Eager to hear back from you after you try out your novel idea. Great recipes are born this way. *thumbs up* :)

  7. AnonymousJuly 13, 2011

    I tried it...taste and aroma are awesome... thanks a bunch. simple narration was easy to follow.

  8. AnonymousMay 13, 2012

    We just tried...Lets see comment from kasthuri

  9. What is the side dish for dis aunty?
    Image loooking yummmy....


  10. Thanks aunty I got it nicely.

  11. Moon,
    Thanks for leaving a comment and Glad it came out well!
    Potato fry or Senai varuval or valakai varuval will go well with this one.
    You can find the recipe in this blog :)
    PS: We may be just a few yrs apart.Feel free to address me by name like you would do to a friend. :P


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