Vengayam Kos/Onion Tomato Gravy with Potato

Another authentic Chettinad Recipe is this Vengayam Kos (its generally called Vengaya Kos). This is a weekly dish that is made for Idly/Dosa in every chettinad homes. This is a coconut based gravy and not many ingredients required. It tastes really great. Vengaya Kos will be an option for all who make idly/dosa as breakfast everyday. It’s also a good option for Idiyappam as well.

All ready to be served.

This is a very easy recipe, that no one could go wrong with it. The main flavor is from the fennel. But adding more will spoil the taste. The roasted gram dal/pottukadalai is added to make the gravy thick.

Hope you all will try and let me know how much you liked it.

A closer look.
A closer look.

 

Cuisine: Indian(South) | Category: Side Dishes For Idly/Dosa / Chettinad Recipes | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • Onion – 2 big sized (chop as shown below)
  • Potato – 1 big sized (chop as shown below in the picture)
  • Tomato – 2 big sized (roughly chop)
  • Salt as needed.

To Grind

  • Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Roasted Gram Dal/Pottukadalai – 1/3 cup (measured flat)
  • Fennel/Sombu – 1/8 cup (measured flat)
  • Dry Red Chilli – 2 nos. (reduce or increase according to spice level)

To Temper

  • Fennel/Sombu – 1/2 tsp.
  • Urad dal/Ulunthu – 1 tsp.
  • Pepper/Kadugu – 1/4 tsp.
  • Curry leaves – a spring.

METHOD

  • Take all your ingredients ready.
  • Chop the onion, potato and tomato as shown.
  • Take the grated coconut, fennel, roasted gram dal/pottukadalai and dry red chilies in a blender.
  • Add 1 1/2 tomatoes to the blender and grind everything to a smooth paste.
  • Take little oil in a pressure cooker.
  • Temper Fennel, Urad Dal & pepper along with few curry leaves.
  • Now add onion and saute it for a while.
  • Add required amount of salt to fasten the sauteing of onion.
  • After sometime add the potato and saute for few mins.
  • Now time to add the chopped tomatoes. I added 1/2 tomato.
  • After few mins add the ground paste to the cooker and add required amount of water.
  • Check the taste at this stage and add salt or red chilli powder if needed.
  • Pressure cook everything for just one whistle in medium flame.
  • Open the pressure cooker after the pressure releases.
  • Vengayam kos is all ready to be served with Idly/dosa or Idiyappam.

Note :  Grinding the tomatoes gives body to the gravy. This step can be avoided and the tomatoes can be added directly without grinding them.

Those who prefer less coconut can add little and grind the tomatoes for a thick gravy.

If the gravy becomes thin add little rice flour slurry. This will make the gravy thick.

Another way to thicken is to add little dosa batter.

Visual clicks

Take all your ingredients and get them ready.
Take all your ingredients and get them ready.
Chop the onions as shown above.
Chop the onions as shown above.

Slice the potatoes.
Slice the potatoes.

Cut them lengthwise.
Cut them lengthwise.

Now chop it small like shown.
Now chop it small as shown.

All chopped.
All chopped.
These are the ingredients to grind.
These all the ingredients to grind.
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Take everything in a blender and make a smooth paste along with         1 1/2 tomatoes.
Take a pressure cooker.
Take oil in a pressure cooker.
Temper Fennel, Urad dal, Pepper.
Temper Fennel, Urad dal, Pepper.
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Add few curry leaves.
Time to add the onion.
Time to add the onion.
Add salt and saute the onion.
Add salt and saute the onion for few mins.
Now add the potato.
Now add the potato. Add half chopped tomato and saute.
Finally add the ground paste. Add enough water and cover the pressure cooker. Cook the same for one whistle.
Finally add the ground paste. Add enough water and cover the pressure cooker. Cook the same for one whistle.
After the pressure releases open the pressure cooker. Mmmm!!!! yes its all ready.
After the pressure releases open the pressure cooker. Mmmm!!!! yes its all ready.
All ready to be served.
All ready to be served.

The Vengayam Kos is ready to be served. Serve them with Idly/Dosa or Idiyappam. Try and let me know if you liked it.

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