Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu
2 tbsp manathakkali vathal (edible sundried black nightshade berries)
10 sambar onions (shallots)
10 garlic pods
1 lemon size tamarind
4 whole dry red chilies
1 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp sambar powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp jaggery
salt to taste
3 tbsp gingelly oil
To make powder
1 tsp toor dal
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 pinch asafetida
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp manathakkali vathal
1 tsp gingelly oil
How to make Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu
To make Powder
- Add toor dal, fenugreek seeds, asafetida, coriander seeds, manathakkali vathal and cook over low flame until they turn golden brown in color.
- Transfer to a plate and allow it to cool down completely. Grind in a mixer jar to a fine powder and keep aside.
To make Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu
- Soak tamarind in hot water for 10 mins. Remove pulp and keep aside.
- Peel sambar onions, garlic and keep aside.
- Prepare the powder as shown above.
- In a heated pan add 3 tbsp gingelly oil.
- Add remaining manathakkali vathal and over low flame.
- Roast till they swell up and pop.
- Shift it to a plate and keep aside.
- Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, whole dry red chilies, and roast for few seconds.
- Add sambar onions, garlic and fry till the onions change color.
- Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, sambar powder, and
- Mix and roast the ingredients of the pan until they become dry.
- Add tamarind extract and let it come to a boil.
- Add roasted manathakkali vathal.
- Add the grounded powder and mix well.
- Cook for 5 to 7 mins over low flame.
- Finally, add jaggery, turn off the flame and do not open the lid for 5 mins.
- Serve with hot rice along with toasted papads, crackers snacks or any kootu.
- According to WebMD, often people do not distinguish between black nightshade and the poisonous species, deadly nightshade, which is known as “great morel.”
- Black nightshade is cultivated as a food crop on several continents, including Africa and North America. Regardless of serious safety concerns, black nightshade has been used for a medicinal purpose even to this day. (Wikipedia)