Manathakkali Vathakuzhambu

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Manathakkali               2 table spoons
Tamarind                       1 lemon sized
Black gram dal              1 table spoon
Bengal gram dal            1 table spoon
Red chillies                     3 nos
Gingly oil                        2 table spoons
Asafoitida                        1 pinch
Gud(Jaggery)                 1 pinch
Salt to taste

1.  Take 1/2 tea spoon of oil in a kadai and fry black gram dal, bengal gram dal and red chillies.
2.  Soak tamarind in warm water.
3.  Once the dals turn golden brown remove from kadai and keep it aside.
4.  Once the fried dals cool add the soaked tamarind to it along with salt and asafoitida and grind it to fine paste.
5.  Now add the balance oil and add the manathakkalikais and fry till they turn dark brown.
6.  Now add the ground paste to it along with sufficient water to make it a thick sambar consistency.
7.  Allow it to boil and add more water if necessary and also the gud(Jaggery)
8.  Once the tamarind smell goes and nice manathakkali smell comes out remove from stove.
9.  Manathakkali vathakuzhambu ready.  It tastes terrific with rice and ghee.

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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