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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Poondu kuzhambu
This Poondu Kuzhambu I remember eating from my mothers hands,she will mix with rice and sesame oil/ghee and she will make bite size balls(roll) and make me and my brother sit and give it in our hands...will taste like heaven...We will ask her ‘is this honey or kuzhambu....PrincessI have used sambar powder,which my mother grinds in the mill and gives me when I visit her (for a year),you may use ur own sambar powder or instead replace with red chilli powder and little coriander powder.

Poondu kuzhambu recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 4


Tamarind - 1 small lemon sized

Small onion - 1/3 cup Peeled

Garlic - 1/3 cup peeled

Jaggery - 1 generous pinch

Salt - As needed

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp(optional)

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Sambar powder - 2 tsp

To temper

Mustard - 3/4 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Thuvar dal - 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp

Jeera - 1 tsp

Oil - 3 tsp

Poondu kuzhambu


  1. Soak tamarind in warm water for 1/2 hour and extract the juice.
  2. Heat kadai with oil,add tempering items followed by curry leaves,garlic and small onion.
  3. Fry till onion and garlic turns golden brown.
  4. Poondu Chinna vengayam
  5. Add tamarind extract,turmeric,salt,jaggery,sambar powder and stir well,bring to boil.
  6. Poondu kuzhambu
  7. Simmer till the kuzhambu gets thicker and onions and garlic should have got cooked well.Lastly add pepper powder and switch off.
  8. Poondu kuzhambu
  9. Transfer to serving bowl and serve with rice and ghee/sesame oil.


  • Adding pepper at last adds extra flavour to the kuzhambu.

Enjoy with steamed rice and top it with a tsp of ghee or sesame oil. Tastes great!

Poondu Kuzhambu

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  1. Tastes awesome.good for cold ..bodyache

  2. Mam. ...how much water have to add? ? Will u say how much cup of water to add including tamarind extract?

  3. Two and half cup water is enough?

    1. 3 cups may be. Time taken to thicken depends on the kuzhambu masala powder (sambar powder or vathal kuzhambu powder) you use.

  4. I am waiting for ur reply mam

  5. Love your blog so much.Tried this..the taste was just awesome.but I didnt get much quantity..i would like to try this for 4 persons.any suggestions Raji?

    1. You can try adding coconut. Add 1/4 cup ground coconut with little water.

  6. Nice kulambu. Give the Tamarind measure in cup or grams or spoon

    1. 1 tblsp tightly packed

    2. Thankyou so much for your reply

  7. Yummy kulaimbu moth watering to see dis pic ma...


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