Ellu Kuzhambu – Varuthu Aracha Kuzhambu

  • Tamarind – a lemon size
  • Vegetables – 2 cups (Red pumpkin, ash gourd (White pumpkin), carrot, plantain,Long chilies)
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
Fry and Grind:
  • Raw rice – 1tsp
  • Black Ellu (sesame) – 1 tbsp
  • Toor dhal – 1tsp
  • Chenna dal – 1 tsp
  • Urdh dhal – 1 tsp
  • Grated Coconut – ¼ cup
  • Red chilies – 10 no
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Asafetida – ½ tsp
For seasoing:
  • Mustard seed – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Coconut oil – 2tbsp
  • red chilies – 1 no
  • Soak the tamarinds in hot water and extract the juice.
  • Precook the vegetables by adding salt and turmeric powder and when it is half cooked add the tamarind water in it and let it cook.
  • In the mean time in a dry kadai first fry the sesame and rice till the fried flavor of sesame comes. Keep aside.
  • Add oil to the pan and fry all the three dhals till they are golden brown along with the red chillies. Also fry the coconut in the same kadai without applying oil till it is golden brown.
  • Grind all fried item into a smooth paste by adding required amount of water.
  • Once all the vegetables are cooked add the paste and a small bit of Jaggery. Mix them well and once the mixture starts to froth at sides turn the stove off.
  • Season it with mustard seeds and fresh curry leaves with the remaining oil.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice or Venn Pongal.

Thanks to: Sadhanas Kitchen

General guidelines for healthier food – Both body and mind:

  • One should be thinking about Perumal (Nama Smaranam) while cooking, and the purpose should be to offer the preparation to Him.
  • Once the food is prepared, it should be offered to Perumal first. While offering, one should make sure that the food is neither too hot nor cold. It should be offered with love and affection.
  • Please do not offer either pre-cooked food bought from outside or any pre-consumed food.
  • Please follow thiruvaradanam kramam as instructed by your respective acharya. (http://anudinam.org/2012/03/08/bhagavad-tiruvaradhanam/)
  • Follow ahara niyamam as much as possible. Atleast make sure that onion and garlic are not used at all.(http://anudinam.org/2012/06/11/srivaishnava-ahara-niyamam/)
  • Please ensure that food which are not prasadams are not consumed.

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