Saturday 22 March 2014

Poondu Kuzhambu/Garlic Gravy – South Indian Special

Poondu Kuzhambu is a very healthy, delicious, spicy, authentic and traditional kuzhambu of TamilNadu. It is a tamarind based gravy with lots of garlic and perfect balance of spices. Do check  out other authentic South Indian kuzhambu varieties here.

Here’s how to make Poondu Kuzhambu with step by step photos…


One lemon sized ball
 1 finely chopped
25 to 30 cloves
Red chilli powder
2 tsp
Coriander powder
4 tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Black pepper powder
¼ tsp
As needed

For Tempering

Mustard seeds
½  tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeeragam
½ tsp
Fenugreek seeds/Vendhayam
½ tsp
Curry leaves
Gingelly oil
1 ½  tbsp
I have used Thallippu Vegayam Vadagam instead of mustard seeds and cumin seeds for added flavour and taste.

Preparation time: 12-15 minutes                       Recipe Category: Lunch/Main Course
Cooking time: 20 minutes                                    Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu,India
Serves: 4 -6
Author: Priya Anandakumar


Soak the tamarind in warm water (1 ½ - 2 cups) and extract the juice.

Add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt to the tamarind extract and keep it ready.

Heat oil in a pan add vadagam and when it starts to splutter add the fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and fry for about 30 secs.

Add the onions, garlic and fry until they turn golden brown in colour.

Now add the tamarind extract and let it boil.

Check for salt and spices, then let it cook until oil separates out. Finally add ¼ tsp of black pepper powder and 1 tsp of gingelly oil on top of the gravy and switch off the stove.

Delicious, healthy, traditional and authentic Poondu Kuzhambu is ready to be enjoyed.

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  1. kulambu looks delicious ...can hv it with vadam anytime .

  2. it looks lovely..never tried it but love garlic and I am thinking we would love it...will try soon

  3. Looks spicy and yummy rasam!!

  4. So healthy and a good option for our lunch...thanx for the recipe...... :)

  5. healthy kuzhambu... must be taken atleast once a week... :)

  6. Ohhhh!!! Why did I have to see this recipe now? Rolling with hunger. I just love the tangy and thick gravy.

  7. Tasty and healthy poondu Kuzambu...well explained and good clicks too ...looks yem yem...must try dish...and new dish to me ..

  8. tempting pics......garlic s good for stomach

  9. Its so tasty and tangy....mouthwatering dish....

  10. Wow super tempting easy kuzhambu

  11. Mouthwatering kulambu; Love to pair it with rice and pappad. Very nicely made.

  12. Delicious and traditional kuzhambu dear ...very tempting !!

  13. this looks too yummy...loved that garlicky flavour...yummm

  14. Who can resist to this fingerlicking tangy kuzhambu,my fav.

  15. Never heard if this, very interesting g combination garlic and tamarind ..
    Need to try it out..
    Keep in touch

  16. tangy tasty kuzhambu. taste yumm with hot rice.nice clicks

  17. looks so good... i love garlic, so this looks like my kind of meal...

  18. poondu kulambu preperation is very nice.I like poondu kulambu very much.

  19. Looks and sounds soo flavorful..

  20. flavorful and delicious kuzhambu, looks yummy..

  21. this is so well explained recipe pria .. delicious looks ~

  22. Hi priya,delicious and mouth watering poondu kulambu. Also neat and clear pictorial explanation it's very useful for me. Please tell the tamarind in grams or spoon measure.


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