A tasty gravy mixed with rice or used as a side dish.
Tamarind lemon sized ball ( soak in hot water and squeeze out the pulp to make 1 cup tamarind water).
Baby onion(skinned) 1/2 cup.
Tomato 1 no.
Curry leaves 1 twig.
Sesame/Til oil 1 tablespoon.
Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon.
Red chilli 2 nos ( cut into 1 inch pieces).
Groundnut 1 tablespoon.
Sambhar powder 1 to two teaspoons (depending on how spicy you want).
Hing a smallpiece.
Salt to taste.
Chop the tomato and curry leaves into fine pieces.Heat oil in a kadai,add mustard seeds.When it crackles add groundnut,hing and red chillies, fry till the groundnut is golden. Add onions tomato and curry leaves.Fry for 3 minutes in a medium flame stirring continously. Add sambar powder and mix well.Add tamarind pulp and salt and cook till the mixture thickens, say for 4 minutes.Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot with rice.
Alternate method (microwave)
You will need a microwave safe glass bowl with lid to avoid the oven getting dirty. The lid also helps cook faster.
In a microwave safe glass bowl pour oil and mustard seeds. Close the lid and heat in the micromode for 30 seconds.Add groundnuts, hing and chillies and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Add onions, tomato and curry leaves. Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Add sambar powder, salt and tamarind water and micro high for 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot with rice or as a side dish.
Recomended side dishes for Vethal kuzhambu rice
Paruppu usali with any vegetable.
Potato,arbi, eggplant, ladysfinger or bitter gourd stir fry curry.