Special Sauce: Conjuring A Scoundrel

Ruby Kulambu Sauce
"I have a vision with this sauce," I declared to Trobee upon this recipe's completion.
"Pasta," she said, gazing into it. "I'm thinking 'pasta' with this bad boy."
"Yeah, pasta, sure. But how 'bout a big vat of kulambu sauce in the center of the table and food just sort of grouped together around it: like steamed vegetables, rice, meat, pasta, flatbread, whatever. And people could, like, take what they're hungry for, and just go wild with the kulambu...just pour it on their plates and sop it up..."
Yes. Yes. I had, at that moment, visions of vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike, 'sopping it up' together in blissful harmony. Only a sauce with charisma could swing that.
"Sure," she replied absently. "Or you could just serve it with pasta..."
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic or garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate, dissolved in 1 Tb water
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Tb flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
Masala 1:
    • 3" cinnamon stick
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds
    • ½ tsp fennel seeds
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 tsp urad dal
Masala 2:
    • ¼ tsp fenugreek powder
    • 1 tsp cumin powder
    • ¼ tsp coarse-ground pepper
    • 2 tsp coriander powder
    • Get out your medium skillet and heat the oil until it is sizzle-hot. Add Masala 1.When the urad dal is golden-brown, add the onions and garlic.When the onion is soft and translucent, add Masala 2 followed by the tamarind water.Now add the tomato sauce, salt, chili powder, flour, and 1 cup of water. Bring it to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the honey. Done.

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  1. it's one thing to think that honey is ok to eat, a whole another to include it in vegan recipes. otherwise this looks like a good site.

  2. I substitute sugar personally :-)