Vellai Curry/Vellaikari-Tirunelveli Style Kuzhambhu

Vellai Curry(வெள்ளை கறி) is a gravy for rice or idly or dosa based on Tirunelveli Cuisine and this recipe is especially from my family.It is a kuzhambhu variety with no dhal/tamarind/tomatoes.I am not a lover of gravy varieties for rice.My preference is always one-pot meals or some unique and different kuzhambhu like vellaikari or ladies finger coconut milk curry or sothi  You can prepare in a jiffy and serve as an accompaniment to hot steaming rice.Today’s recipe is made with raw banana and raw mango.You can add drumstick or brinjal or potato or ladies finger instead raw banana.Don’t replace raw mango as it is the secret behind the taste of the recipe.Am I making you curious?Come let’s check out the recipe for Vellai curry.

Vellai Curry Recipe:

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  • Raw banana-1/2
  • Raw Mango-1/4
  • Shallots-10-15
  • Oil- to cook
  • Turmeric Powder-A pinch
  • Salt-To taste

To grind into a smooth paste:

  • Coconut-2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds-1 tsp
  • Shallots-4
  • Red Chilly-2

To Temper:

  • Mustard Seeds-1/4 tsp
  • Urad Dhal-1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves-Hand few
  • Fenugreek Seeds-1/4 tsp

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1.Measure all ingredients and keep them ready.

2.Wash and chop the vegetables.

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3.In a pan, heat oil and saute shallots, raw banana and mango.When they turn soft add one cup of water and allow them to cook.

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4.In the meantime grind the ingredients under “to grind into a smooth paste ” and keep it ready.

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5.In 5 to 7 minutes the vegetables would get cooked.

6.Now add turmeric powder and salt.Mix well.

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7.Bring the flame to low and add the ground paste and stir well.

8.Allow it to boil in low flame.

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9.When it boils, switch off and add tempering elements, garnish with coriander leaves.

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10.vellai Curry is ready to serve with warm rice.

My Observations:

Don’t cook for more time after adding the paste.

Use fresh coconut in the recipe.

Do alter the number of chillies as per your choice.

This can be offered to babies above six months with no salt.

Please have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food to babies.

Ensure to have tried all the ingredients individually before trying this for babies.

Please consider all family history of allergies before trying any new food.

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