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Friday, March 22, 2013

Poondu Milagu Kuzhambu Recipe | Garlic Pepper Gravy

Today I suddenly had craving for Garlic Kuzhambu and I wanted to try something different from my usual recipe. I had bookmarked Poondu Milagu Kuzhambu recipe from Sangee's site a while ago, I tried and it  came out really well. I just did a few changes to fit our taste. This is a tamarind based gravy with pronounced flavor of garlic and pepper. This garlic pepper gravy is good for health and can be had for remedy from cold. 

Garlic Pepper Gravy

Recipe Source: Spicy Treats

What are the ingredients needed?

To grind together
Oil, 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander seeds, 1 1/2 tablespoon
Pepper, 1 tablespoon
Dry Red chillies, 2 nos.
Chopped onion, 1/2 cup
Garlic, 4-5 cloves
Shredded coconut, 2 teaspoon

Other Ingredients
Oil, 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds,1/4 teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds, 1/4 teaspoon
Peppercorns, 5-6 nos.
Asafoetida, a pinch
Curry leaves, a sprig
Garlic, 10-12 cloves (peeled) 
Onion,1 medium sized (finely chopped)
Tomato,1 no.(chopped)
Turmeric Powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Tamarind, a small lemon ball size
Salt, to taste

garlic pepper kulambu

How  it is made?
  1. First take all the ingredients listed under 'to grind together' except coconut and roast them in oil  and let them cool. Then  along with coconut grind them into a smooth paste.
  2. Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice and keep it ready.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and peppercorns, Asafoetida and fry them till they sputter. Then add garlic and curry leaves and fry for few minutes.
  4. Then add onions and fry till they turn translucent. Then add the chopped tomatoes and turmeric and cook till the tomatoes turn mushy.
  5. Now add the ground paste to this and fry for another 2 minutes, then add the extracted tamarind juice, salt to taste and water to adjust the thickness, mix well and bring it to boil. Let it simmer for few minutes and turn off  the heat.
  6. Serve it with rice.

It serves 4 persons.

  • You can adjust the spice level as per your personal taste. 
  • Instead of Large onions, you can use pearl onions. You can substitute 8-10 pearl onions for one onion.
  • I made this gravy with sesame oil. You can make it canola, sunflower oil or vegetable oil too. 
  • This is a thick, spicy gravy. It can be had with rice topped with  sesame oil. 


  1. Looks too good Divya! Would love to have some...

  2. Great snaps ! Tats a cute bowl !

  3. yummy and healthy kuzhambu varity :) lovely clicks dear

  4. I am gonna try this as I am a big garlic fan! Thanks for sharing

  5. Sooo tempting.. Now I feel like tasting this:)

  6. my comfort food,but never tried u r way,looks yummy.

  7. Lovely, healthy and delcious kuzambu...

  8. flavorful and delicious kuzhambu.

  9. looks delicious. nice presantation

  10. Beautiful thick curry, bookmarking it too :-) looks super delicious Divs love your bowl, clicks and background too

  11. My fav one dear i can eat daily...Love to have now :)

  12. Lovely.. Bookmarked.. wanted to have this for a long time..

  13. Wow....looks yummy.....:-) would be perfect with hot rice & papad

  14. Love this spicy and tangy gravy, yumm..

  15. beautiful presentation divya.. love to have this curry with vathal..

  16. delicious and flavorful recipe... beautiful clicks...

  17. Very aromatic and tangy fingerlicking kuzhambu..Mouthwatering here.

  18. Hi divya...what a wonderful gravy is this right? my MIL makes them delicious and i love picking all the garlic and eating them as they are soaked into that gravy and becomes soft

  19. Thanks for trying n referring my recipe here :) this is one of my fav kuzhambu too....looks so appetizing, great pics!

  20. garlic and pepper are great combinations...great job...

  21. super flavourful n tangy kuzhambu!!

  22. I have never tried but my mom used to cook something similar without tamarind juice.

  23. Poondu milagu kuzhambu looks delicious.

  24. Looks good. Will keep it for a rainy day. And leftover will be great with Upma for breakfast the next day !

  25. Wowieeee.. as an garlic luver, ur dish is completely droolicious..

  26. Spicy tangy curry...Looks delicious...

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  28. nice and tangy kulambhu...lovely clicks

  29. wow kulambu souns superb...nice clicks

  30. delicious kuzhambu dear, love it...

  31. Really a spicy Gravy...Divya.. Thanks for sharing..

  32. Made this for lunch today, very tasty :-)

  33. Dear Divya,

    Made this for lunch, came out tasty. Thanks for the recipe.



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