January 09, 2017

Thaalagam Kuzhambu (Mixed vegetable gravy with roasted sesame and coconut)

Thaalagam is a delicious, traditional, healthy and mouthwatering tangy gravy with the flavours of roasted coconut, sesame and freshly ground spices. Its is traditionally made with Seven or Nine vegetables.The preparation method varies from place to place. Apart from making it on Thiruvadirai , In our place  this Kuzhambu is made with Yellow Pongal rice in the Tamil month of Aadi..
  • Pre time: 15 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 5
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Ingredients needed for Thaalagam:

Vegetables needed:
  • Yellow pumpkin, Potato, Drumstick, Ash gourd, Brinjal, Broad beans, Taro root, Sweet potato, Carrot, Cucumber etc.,
  • Tamarind juice extracted from a Lemon size Tamarind 500 ml
  • Green chillis 2
For the Gravy :

Dry roast  1 cup of grated coconut till the colour changes to golden brown keeping the flame medium and keep aside.
Heat 1 tb spoon of oil and roast the following to golden brown:
  • Coriander seeds 2 tb spoons (Optional)
  • Chana dal 2 tea spoons
  • Urad dal 3 tea spoons
  • Raw rice 2 tea spoons
  • Black sesame seeds 5 tea spoons
  • Red chillies 7 or 8
  • A  small piece of Hing
Transfer the roasted stuff to a bowl.
Grind all the roasted items with roasted coconut  together to paste with water and keep aside.


How to make Thaalagam Kuzhambu?

Boil all the vegetables & green chillies with water in a broad pan. When they are cooked add the Tamarind juice. Add salt and turmeric powder. Let them boil till the raw smell goes.
Add the ground paste and curry leaves and mix well. When the kuzhambu thickens saute it with mustard seeds in sesame oil. 
The mixed flavours of vegetables, with roasted coconut and sesame  gives heavenly taste to relish...


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