Saturday, October 6, 2007

Vendaya Kuzhambu or Fenugreek Gravy

I remember a song which goes- " Vendaya Kuzhamba, vengaya vadai ah..." ( Fenugreek gravy and onion vadai). They make a wonderful combination. Yum!

I love Fenugreek seeds aka methi mainly because of its medicinal properties. My mother would make me drink the fenugreek seeds water (seeds soaked in warm water for 4-5 hours). It is supposed to cool your body and she also used to soak Fenugreek seeds in water and make a paste out of it. It was a natural hair conditioner and it makes your hair look so shiny!

This is one of the best recipes made with fenugreek seeds. It tastes good and goes well with rice.


Fenugreek seeds aka Methi seeds: few ( 6 or 7 seeds, else the gravy will taste bitter)
Onion- 1 small onion
Urad dal
Channa dal
Tamarind paste
Sambar powder

To roast and powder:
Fenugreek seeds aka methi seeds: 6-7 seeds
Urad daal- 1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli- 1-2
Dry roast the above ingredients and powder in mixer


  • In a pan, heat 1 teaspoon oil and add urad dal, channa dal, fenugreek seeds and onions and saute till fenugreek seeds turn brown.
  • Add tamarind paste, water, salt, sambar powder.
  • Add the powder and stir the gravy.
  • Turn off the heat when the gravy has reached a thick consistency.

Serve hot with rice.



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