keerai kadanchathu and vatha kulambu combo

This is one of my favorite combo.when you see this you feel like you have to add kulambu to the rice and keerai kadanchathu as a side right...but thats not the perfect combo actually add the keerai kadanchathu to the rice and the vathal kulambu as the side is the perfect can also have this vatha kulambu as a side for the thick homemade curd rice..I like both the manathakali vathal and sundakai I will add both the vathal to the kulambu...I like the rice lil bit overcooked for this combo..For me this is one of my comfort food...

Keerai kadanchathu

you need: spinach-3 cups
2.garlic pods-1
3.tamrind- a pinch
4.salt as per taste

for tempering:

1.mustard-1/4 tsp
2.urid dhal-1/4 tsp
3.dry chillies-3
4.shallots-2(chopped finely)
5.oil-1/2 tbsp


1.Boil the baby spinach and garlic pods with water in microwave for 8 minutes.

2.mash well using blender along with salt and tamrind.

3.In the Kadai add the items for tempering then add the blended spinach mix.let it boil for two minutes.

Vatha Kulambu:

you need:

1.onion-1(big finely chopped)
2.tomato-1+1/2(small finely chopped)
3.tamrind-extract from big lemon size.
4.manathakali vathal-1 tbsp
5.sundakai vathal-1 tbsp

6.sambar powder-3 tsp
for tempering

1.ginely oil-2+1/2 tbsp
2.mustard-1/2 tsp
5.curry leaves
6.fenugreek seed-1/4 tsp

In a heavy bottom vessel add the 2 tbsp of oil add the the items for tempering.
Add the onion fry it until it is transparent.Then add the tomato fry it until it completly became a paste .
Add the sambar powder and salt.when the oil seperates add the tamrind extract and salt and some water let it boil for 5 mnts.
In the mean time add the the 1/2 tbsp of oil in a small kadai add the vathals when it splutters the add the vathal to the kulambu..
Finally add some asofedata to the kulambu and immidiately close it with the lid(so that the flavor gets locked up)
your kulambu is ready..

enjoy both of these dishes with hot rice and papadam...

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