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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Spicy Chettinad Poondu Kuzhambu/ Kaara Kulambu

Chettinad Poondu Kuzhambu

This another traditional and authentic Chettinad recipe from my family. Normally we prepare all kuzhambu recipes with kuzhambu milagai thool for easy and quicker preparation. But in this traditional Poondu Kulambu recipe we prepare everything from scratch for more aromatic and delicious taste. These full process Kara kuzhambu recipes are made during functions and for family lunch.

Garlic cloves( peeled and halved)- 15 nos
Small onion/ Shallots( minced)- 10 nos
Tomato medium( chopped)- 1 no
Curry leaves- few
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds/ Venthayam- pinch
Whole dry red chilli- 2 nos
Vegetable oil- 3 tbsp
Gingelly oil- 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Water- 1 and 1/2 cups
Tamarind extract- 1/4 cup or Tamarind paste- 1 tbsp

Masala to grind
Garlic cloves- 5 nos
Whole dry red chilli- 5 to 6 nos
Coriander seeds- 3 tbsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tbsp
Fennel seeds/ sombu- 1/2 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds/ Venthayam- pinch
Peppercorns- 1 tsp
Kaara Kulambu
Dry roast the masala to grind ingredients and grind to smooth paste with few tbsp water.
Heat both oils in a pan, when hot add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds, allow to crackle. Add garlic cloves, minced onion and curry leaves, fry for few secs until garlic turns light brown. Now add the ground masala paste, chopped tomato and tamarind paste. Fry in low heat until the oil seprates on the sides from masala paste. Add water and required salt, mix the kuzhambu well and bring to boil. Once starts boiling reduce heat and cook kuzhambu on low heat for 10 mins or until the kuzhambu thickness and oil floats on top. Serve hot.
Garlic Kara Kuzhambu
I used Kashmiri dry red chilli instead of whole dry chilli to get vivid red color kuzhambu.
You can add few tsp of sugar or jaggery to the kuzhambu to make it slightly sweet.
If you dont have time to grind masala ingredients, try using 3 tbsp kuzhambu millagai thool instead.


srikars kitchen said...

wow.. looks really yummy & mouth watering..nice presentation..

Kitchen Queen said...

Delicious looking curry.