Fenugreek (வெந்தயம்) is very good for digestion and helps reducing fatty tissue in the body. This also plays a role in controlling diabetics and reduces high blood sugar. The best way to reduce the high blood sugar is to soak a teaspoonful of fenugreek in water overnight and drink the water in empty stomach. It is always good to have fenugreek in one way or the other in our daily cooking.
There are few other versions of vendhaya kuzhambu and I will soon try out the other versions to publish. The texture of this version is more similar to other varieties of Kuzhambu,but has a special taste.
Onions - 2 medium size
Tomato - 2 medium size
Tamarind juice - 2 cups (made from a small lemon size tamarind)
Drumstick - 10 to 15 pieces (you can alternatively use Brinjal)
Garlic - 20 pods
Oil -3 tablespoon
Salt - to tatse
Curry leaves - 5 to 6
Mustard - 1/2 tablespoon
Fenugreek (Methi or Vendhayam) - 1 tablespoon
Toor dhal - 2 tablespoon
Curry leaves - handful
Red Chillies - 4 (you can vary it according to your spice level)
Grated Coconut - 1 tablespoon
Oil - 2 tablespoon
1. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil and fry the ingredients given for masala till you get a good smell.
2. Cool the ingredients and grind it to a paste with little water.
3. Heat oil and add mustard seeds when oil is hot.
4. When mustard splutters, add onions and garlic and fry well till it turns golden brown.
5. Add finely chopped tomatoes and curry leaves and cook well.
6. Add drumstick and salt and cook in a low flame.
7. Pour the tamarind juice and bring it to boil for next 10 minutes till the raw smell goes off.
8. Add the ground paste ad mix it well and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes and you would get a very good aroma and it is ready to serve.
This dish goes very well with Rice, Dosa and Idli.