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Vendaya Kuzhambu Sadam | Kids Lunch Box Recipe
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Vendaya Kuzhambu Sadam | Kids Lunch Box Recipe

Vendaya Kuzhambu Sadam is a flavorful and tasty rice where the rice cooked in the tamarind gravy along with spices and freshly ground masala. Similar to Tamarind Rice, it's a travel friendly rice and also perfect for the lunch boxes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Kids Lunch Box, Rice Varieties
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Heavy Bottomed Pan


  • 1 Lemon Size Tamarind
  • 1 Cup Raw Rice 1 Cup - 250ml. I used Basmati but we can use regular ponni or sona masoori rice.
  • 2 tbsp Sambar Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt Adjust As Needed
  • 2 Cups Water for Basmati Rice. For other rice varieties please use 2.5 or 3 cups of water based on the type of rice

For Grinding

  • 1 tbsp Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
  • 1 tbsp Split Urad Dal
  • 2 Red Chili

For Tempering

  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tsp Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
  • 2 tsp Split Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 Red Chili
  • a Pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
  • Few Curry leaves


Preparing Tamarind Juice

  • Soak tamarind in 2 cups of warm water for 10 mins, extract the juice and set aside.

Grinding Spice Powder

  • Heat a pan. Add Bengal gram, urad dal, red chili and dry fry till dal turns light golden color
  • Cool the roasted ingredients and grind it to a smooth powder

Tempering Process

  • Heat sesame oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Then add bengal gram, split urad dal, fenugreek seeds and fry them in oil till the dal turns light brown
  • Next, we need to add broken red chili, asafoetida and few curry leaves. Give a mix

Making of Vendaya Kuzhambu Rice

  • Add the extracted tamarind juice to the pan. To the tamarind juice, add sambar powder and salt.
  • Next, add the rinsed rice to the tamarind juice. Allow the tamarind juice to boil. Then cover the pan with lid and keep the flame in low, allow the rice to get cooked completely but not become mushy
  • Once the rice is cooked, add the spice powder and give a mix.
  • Now Vendaya Kuzhambu Sadam is now ready! Serve with any Stir-Fry vegetable or papad and enjoy the delicious rice.



We can add a teaspoon of grated jaggery to top up the flavor of the tamarind.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g