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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I always love different kind of tangy, spicy kuzhambu recipes. Like my Poondu Kuzhambu, Brinjal pepper kuzhambu, karuveppilai kuzhambu… Sukku kuzhambu also I loved a lot. Its very appetising and good for us to include sukku – Dry ginger in our diet. I had some sukku powder passed to me by my FIL. It helps a lot for digestion. So when Raji told this recipe, I wanted to try it out immediately. So tried this and loved it a lot. The sukku smell is not over powdering in this kuzhambu, just very mild and very tasty. I have used sukku powder, but you can also use a piece of dry ginger itself if you have some.


Sukku kuzhambu recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time15 mins     |  Cook time: 25 mins     Serves: 4


Onion - 1 small

Garlic - 8 flakes

Tomato - 1 small

Tamarind - Small lemon size

Sambar powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp

Turmeric - 2 pinches

Salt - As needed

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

To grind

Coconut - 2 tblsp

Pepper - 1/2 tblsp

Sukku powder - 1/2 tsp

To temper

Sesame oil - 2 tblsp

Mustard - 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp



  1. Extract tamarind juice and dilute with water to make it 2 & 1/2 cups. Set aside. Grind coconut, pepper and sukku with little water until smooth.
  2. 1-sukku
  3. Heat a kadai with oil and temper with mustard followed by fenugreek seeds. Add half of curry leaves. Add cubed onion and garlic. Fry until it turns slightly pinkish. Add chopped tomatoes and fry for a minute.
  4. 2-sukku
  5. Mix the tamarind juice with ground mixture, sambar powder, turmeric and salt mean while. Add it to the kadai/ boiling vessel and bring to boil.
  6. 3-sukku
  7. Simmer and boil for 10 minutes or until thick consistency reaches. Mix lastly with the curry leaves torn roughly.
  8. 4-sukku


    • After mixing tamarind juice with everything, just taste few drops to check if all the tastes are balanced.
    • Top with sesame oil when eating with rice.

Enjoy this appetising kuzhambu with any kootu as accompaniment. I love to eat it rice. But can also be eaten with idli dosa as well.


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  1. wow :) amma has told me several times ! but ur picture tempting me to try immediately lovely raks !

  2. Very tempting Kuzhambu,love the addition sukku Raji will try next time while i make...

  3. shall try next time to add ginger powder when making kuzhambu. what cookware are you using to simmer the kuzhambu. is it glass? would love to have one.

    1. Yes Dassana, it's glass. Brand name is VISIONS. can be used over gas, electric and even in oven :)

    2. I got one as a gift and it's still wrapped up because i have too many cooking pans already. Each time I see it here, I feel like I should open mine and use it! It's been over a year since I got it :)

    3. thanks raks for the info and brand name. i will see if i can buy it here or online.

      nags, you should start using your cookware soon :-)

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  5. Wow...so spicy n tempting kuzhambu, will try this for sure...inviting pics, too good :)

  6. Wow ! Great recipe. Is that cauliflower curry in ur pic ?

  7. Super interesting recipe, adding sukku is a nice twist and quite healthy too, pretty clicks

  8. Spicy kuzhambu ...awesome recipe as a kick start for this days .. Love to have the next day with dosa .. Tastes more yummiest.. Will try this out..

  9. hi
    can i grind the dry ginger and use if so how should i grind them as i dont have the sukku powder only the dry ginger

    1. yes you can grind it along the coconut pepper. Add a small piece may be 1/2 inch piece.

  10. Very interesting recipe and never heard about using sukku in these kind of gravies.Nice one.

  11. Hi,
    Can you please add some dishes without onion, garlic and green chilli (Satvic food)?

  12. super clicks Raks and nice kulambu.. Love it will try soon

  13. Wow ! Yummy tangy, healthy kuzhambu.. Love it all tiem with Pappads...

  14. Very tempting kuzhambu. Fingerlicking good.

    today's recipe:

  15. interesting recipe, adding sukku powder definitely will give a wonderful flavor to this kuzhambu. Healthy and delicious kuzhambu raji :)

  16. looks yum ...I have some sukku with me to use ..shall try this

  17. this looks fabulous... mouth watering...

  18. I have heard of sukkah Mali coffee but never heard of kuzhambhu looks like a perfect dish for this winter season. Thanks for sharing raks.

  19. raks looks really nice but what is Sukku ?

  20. This is really nice.. and unique..

  21. I tried this receipe today and came out very well.... This receipe is not showing in index column under kulambu.... Can I pls add for future reference

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  23. Hi raks...thanks a lot...post maternity a felt I forgot all cooking.since I entered kitchen rarely.but I'm doing a better cooking.tomato kuzhambu, brinjal Masala kuzhambu...awesome... keep going...


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