Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Curry leaves kuzhambu - Karuvepilai kuzhambu


Curry leaves - Karuvepilai - 1 bunch
Tamarind - Puli - lemon size
Red gram - Thuvaram paruppu - 1 table spoon
Bengal gram dal - Kadalai paruppu - 1 table spoon
Red chillies - Kaintha milagai - 5 nos.
Black pepper - Karuppu milagu - 1 table spoon
Mustard seeds - Kadugu - 1 tea spoon
Fenugreek seeds - Vendayam - 1 tea spoon
Asafoetida - Perungayam - a pinch
Turmeric powder - Manjal thul - a pinch
Grated/Shredded coconut - Thuriviya thengai - 2 table spoons
Oil for frying
Salt to taste


  1. Soak tamarind in hot water and make a paste out of it. Dust particles has to be removed using filter. Keep other ingredients ready.
  2. Heat oil in a pan/kadai, fry asafoetida, fenugreek seeds, red gram, bengal gram dal, curry leaves and grind them to a powder once it is cooled. Grind coconut to a paste. Care must be taken not to fry fenugreek for long since it will taste bitter.
  3. Heat oil in a pan/kadai, splutter mustard seeds, add asafoetida, curry leaves, red chilly and add tamarind paste and required water and salt. Mix them well, add turmeric powder and the grinded powder. Finally add grinded coconut.

Hot curry leaves kuzhambu is delicious and ready to be served. It can be served with white rice. It can be served for 3 persons. It requires some 20 minutes to cook.

Note: Remove dust particles from tamarind. Wash curry leaves before using.

Optional: Ingredients can be added/removed. Pearl onions and garlic can be added while frying.

Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialistic, other wordly. New Age spiritual types. But if the material world is merely illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu and seaweed slime
Edward Abbey

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Pomelo said...

This recipe looks really good. Can't wait to try it. How much water is needed?

Preiyha Rajesh said...

Hi Vino,

Thanks...3 cups of water is more than enough. Water is already added to tamarind paste, coconut paste so apart from that 3 cups is enough and it has to be boiled to 2cups to get thick kuzhambu. Thanks once again...All of your comments are highly appreciated.

Arati said...

Thank you very much for the recipe..when i prepared this at home my husband loved it..it turned out great.Only modification i did was..i grinded coconut also with the powder and added all at the same time and boiled for 20mins.awesome recipe

Annu said...


The recipe worked out wonders for me this evening, in my rush to put out something quick! Was lucky to have just got a fresh bunch too this morning.

Tastes yum; am dashing this off even while I am licking it up! Tastes just as good with my roti as with my hot rice! Thanks!

Just an editorial thing- against mustard in your list of ingredients it now says 'vendayam' like against the Fenugreek entry below it. You need to change that one entry to "Kadugu".

Amazing recipe and just now I noted it down in my favourite recipes and saw this anamoly, otherwise was floating in the heavens!

vahinni said...

HI, i like your blog. at last a place i can learn tamil cooking with the help of eng translation for each raw material.
thanks, you are awesome =)