Friday, January 28, 2011

Vazhakkai Kuzhambu (Spicy Plaintain Curry with Black Eyed Peas)

Lately I have been seeing fresh green plantains in my local grocery store frequently. Plaintain was one of those "hard-to-find-Indian-vegetables" until a few months back. Years ago, plaintains used to be a comfort vegetable like potatoes - mom made it atleast once a week and my mother-in-law makes a variety of dishes with plantains - Puttu, Poriyal, Podimas, Aviyal - you name it. However, I haven't heard a kuzhambu made of Plantain - a hot and spicy plantain gravy. I came across this recipe in a magazine recently and when got more curious, I googled this recipe. I was surprised to see different variations of kuzhambu recipes with plantain! Hmm, I've been missing this yummy version all these days. I couldn't wait to try this recipe and immensely enjoyed it. Hope you all like it.

  • Plaintains - 2 small
  • Black-eyed peas - 1 cup (soaked overnight or you can use frozen too)
  • Garlic - 3 cloves - minced
  • Pearl Onions - 6
  • Tomatoes - chopped - 1/2 cup
  • Shredded Coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Broken cashews - 2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder any Kuzhambu powder - 1 tsp
  • Corriander Powder - 2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves and Cilantro - a few
  • Tamarind Paste - 2 tsp
  • Peel the skin off the plaintains and chop them into 1 inch cubes. Soak in water, so they retain the color.
  • Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard and fenugreek seeds and 1 tsp fennel seeds. While they pop, add chopped pearl onions, 2 garlic cloves (retain one for later use) and curry leaves. Fry for a few mins.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, chilli/kuzhambu powder and corriander powder and fry in medium heat until the tomatoes lose shape. You should start getting a nice aroma from the spice powders.
  • Transfer this to a pressure cooker and add the chopped plaintains, black-eyed peas and salt to the mixture. Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 2 whistle - just to cook the vegetables. The timings vary based on your pressure cooker.
  • While this is cooking, make a paste of coconut, garlic, cashews and 1 tsp fennel seeds. Also dissolve the tamarind paste separately in 1 cup of water.
  • After letting the steam off from the pressure cooker, open the cooker, turn on the heat and add the coconut paste and mix well.
  • Finally add the tamarind juice and boil for 5 - 7 mins in medium heat.
  • Garnish with corriander leaves.
You can enjoy this with steaming hot white rice and papad!


Sharmilee! :) said...

Sounds new to me...looks yum

Priti said...

Looks yum ...nice combo ..delish

notyet100 said...

looks deliicous,.

Laavanya said...

I haven't made a kuzhambu with vazhakai too. That looks delicious. Bookmarking

Reva said...

Hi, first time here and you have a wonderful blog with yummy recipes... reminds me of home.. This is similar to "vaazhaikaai puli kuzhambhu" isn't it... looks so lovely.. Will be a regular here.. Keep posting some wonderful home cooked recipes..Glad to follow u dear.

Sujatha said...

Hi Reva, welcome to my blog.. yes, this is also called "vazhakkai puzhi kuzhambu", but you can also avoid adding coconut paste in typical pulikuzhambu.. I want to try that version next time..

Cham said...

I love vazhakkai kuzhambu but never added Black peas sounds delicious! We do Vazhakkai and Dry fish "karruvattu"kuzhambu :)

Padhu said...

Kulambu sounds interesting .Looks too good .Drop by
when u find time

Malar Gandhi said...

Vazhakkai Kuzhambu sounds very interesting...wanna give it a try soon.

harsha said...

i dont like tamarind and tomato combo in any other dish apart from sambhar ..not even rasam ...
u think its ok if use aamchur powder instead for the tang?

harsha said...

i dont like tamarind and tomato combo in any other dish apart from sambhar ..not even rasam ...
u think its ok if use aamchur powder instead for the tang?

Sujatha said...

@Harsha - I have not tried this kulambu with Amchur. I guess you can add it, but I think it would tastes better by adding extra tomatoes initially or a bit of lemon juice at the end.

Good luck!