Manathakkali vathal is one of the most common dried vegetables which are used in vatha kuzhambu. Manathakkali or milagu thakkali is known for healing ulcers in mouth and stomach.
It mitigates nausea during pregnancy and accentuates digestion.
The buttermilk and salt soaked vegetable is left to dry in the sun, which is preserved for annual use. The shelf life of manathakkali vathal is one year. It is popular in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka cuisines. In Tamil Nadu they are especially popular in the Chettinad cusine, where the merchant community took it with them as they travelled. They reared gardens, to cultivate vegetables and make vathals of those vegetables.
Vathals are also comfort food for those staying away from home, when consumed in kuzhambu form. Besides vathal kuzhambu, these vathals are quickly fried in ghee and consumed with rice.
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