Sunday, February 27, 2011

Easy Poondu kuzhambu/ Simple Garlic Gravy

Back home, mom makes poondu kuzhambu in a different way.She used to make fresh masala, and no tomatoes. Am so lazy to do all those things..hence, I feel this version is easy and comfortable.There is no compromise in the taste,this kuzhambu is a perfect match for idli and dosa too!


Garlic -25 cloves
Small Onion/shallots-12
Green chilli-1
Chilli powder-1teaspoon
MTR Madras Sambar powder-1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1/4teaspoon
Tamarind juice-1/4cup
Coconut paste-3tablespoons
Mustard seeds-1/2teaspoon
Few curry leaves
Salt-to taste

Peel the onions and garlic, chop them into thin slices. Chop the green chillies and tomato.
Heat oil in a pan, make the tempering with mustard seeds. Then add the chopped garlic,onion,green chilli and sauté them for 2-3 minutes, add the tomatoes and cook them for a while.
Add the tamarind juice,chilli powder,turmeric powder and salt.

Once the raw smell of the tamarind has gone, and the gravy started boiling, add the coconut paste and enough water.
Add the sambar powder after 5 minutes.
After adding the sambar powder, cook the gravy on low flame till the oil oozes out.
Poondu kuzhambu is ready to serve. This goes well with rice-idli-dosa.


  1. What a fabulous recipe. I really have to give this one a try. I love garlicky flavor very much :)

    US Masala

  2. Yummy gravy! Love it a lot,MTR ku free ya advertise panniteengale :)

  3. மணக்க, மணக்க குழம்பு ரெடி, பந்திக்கு முந்திக்கொள்ளுங்கோ. அளவு தெறியாமல் சாப்பிட வைக்கும் தன்மை கொண்டதிது.

  4. Yumm, love this kuzhambu anytime..

  5. my fav, but i do with homemade sambar podi, looks super delicious

  6. அருமையாக இருக்கு,மகி.செய்து பார்க்க வேண்டும்.

  7. Thanks for the lovely comment Aipi!

    //MTR ku free ya advertise panniteengale :)// :):) neenga sonnappuramthaan kavanikkiren.MTR-க்கு ஏதோ நம்மால முடிந்த உதவி! ;)

    காமாட்சிமா,கரெக்ட்டா சொன்னீங்க,அளவு தெரியாமல்தான் சாப்பிடவைத்தது! :)

    thanks priya!

    Veni,as you know, i don;t make masala's at home already..hehee!!

    Thank you very much for stopping by thenammai akka!

    asiya akkaa,thanks!

  8. good flavors.. love garlic.. will sure try it..

  9. una receta muy linda y saludable,abrazos.

  10. Indu vanthirrutha Mahi. Entha kulambu than saithen.

    Supera irrunthathu...
    Indu meethi kulambai ava veetukku eduthittu poita...

  11. @Vijimma, thanks for trying the kuzhambu and the wonderful feedback! :)


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