Sunday, 29 July 2007

Kara Kuzhambu (Spicy Kuzhambu)

'Kara Kuzhambu' is a famous dish in Karaikudi, a village that belongs to Chettinad region in Tamilnadu. It is famous for its spicy dishes and more commonly non-vegetarian dishes. My friends mom used to prepare delicious karaikudi dishes. She used to grind using Ammi (Granite grinding Stone) to get the perfect taste.
You will find lot of Karaikudi Chettinad restaurants in Tamilnadu. If you are spice lover, this is for you. I got this recipe from a cook book (quite long back) and had it in my notes.
Drumstick - 2 (cut into small pieces of 3" )
Onion - 1 Medium
Tomato - 2
Curry leaves - Few
Onion - 3 pods
Tamarind - Small lime size
Mustard Seeds - 1 Tsp
Gram Dhal - 2 Tsp
Urad Dhal - 1 Tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 Tsp
Sambhar powder - 2 Tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 Tsp
Hing powder - A pinch
Salt - As required

  1. Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice.
  2. Chop the onion,garlic and tomato. Keep it aside.
  3. Dry fry Gram dhal and Urad dhal. Grind them into coarse powder and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds.
  5. Add Curry leaves, turmeric powder and hing powder.
  6. Add the chopped onion, garlic, drumstick and fry for sometime.
  7. Add the chopped tomato and saute for sometime.
  8. Add Red chilli powder, Sambhar powder and salt.
  9. Add tamarind juice and allow it to boil until the vegetables are cooked.
  10. Adjust water and salt accordingly.
  11. Allow it to boil for sometime.
  12. Add the coarse dhal powder and allow it to boil for few minutes. (Ensure that no lumps are formed while adding the powder).
  13. Spicy Kuzhambu is ready for you to enjoy.


Asha said...

I love the color of your blog!:)
Waht a great sambar,spicy sounds so great right now!:))

Laavanya said...

kara kuzhambu looks delicious. i usually have vathal kuzhambu but this seems to be a nice variation.

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archana said...

What was that anonymous comment, so long. At first i thought I have come to a wrong blog :)Your dish is nice and spicy :)

sra said...

I've only ever had this with onion in it, maybe tomato, but no other vegetables.

Vcuisine said...

Lovely dish SeeC. Will post my version some time later. Viji

bhags said...

First time here Seec, your kuzhambu looks delicious...I do make it using celery

SeeC said...

Thanks Asha. I have been trying out different colours and finally landed with this :)

Thanks Laavanya. It tastes

Thanks Archana, I have no clues about the anonymous comment. I have removed it and have added moderation to the comments. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Sra, try it once adding drumstick. Tastes yummy.

Thanks Viji. Waiting to see your version.

Thanks for stopping by Bhags. Celery...that sounds new to me. Will try it using celery once.

Richa said...

ur kuzhambu looks delicious, would like to try it soon with the frozen drumstick pkt that i've :)

SeeC said...

Thanks Richa. Do try it and let me know.

TBC said...

Hi Seec,
This is almost like the sambhar I make. Your kuzhambu looks good.

Tee said...

I definitely am a spice will try this out some time. Looks awesome!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Hi SeeC

nice set of recipes...i found your blog in mahanandi's list. I have tagged you for the MEME. Play only if you have the time


swapna susarla said...

It is just like sambar.isn't it?

SeeC said...

Thanks TBC.

Thanks Tee. Try it and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by Mala. Thanks for Tagging too. I shall do it in a days time.

Swapna. If you use Toor Dhal, then it becomes sambhar. In kuzhumbu we dont' add Dhal.

USHA said...

Hi Seec,

Hmmm....authenic recipe...even i prepare often with drumstick, brinjal,potato,ladies figure etc.,Thanks for sharing.

SeeC said...

Thanks Usha.

Kajal said...

Lovely dish with nice photo.....mouth watering my dear....:)

SeeC said...

Thanks Kajal

Manasi said...

Looks so gooooooood!!! must try! but I may hv to do this minus the drumstick.. will that affect the taste?

SeeC said...

Thanks Manasi. You can try with Brinjal or Okra instead of Drumstick.

Ramki said...

Hi Seec,
I'm blogging your kulambu as a model recipe in the one page cookbook 1001 Chettinadu Vegetarian curries at

/Thanks for the recipe

juno said...

Lovely dish. Thank u