Monday, February 24, 2014

Chettinadu Poondu Kuzhambu / Spicy Garlic Tamarind Curry | South Indian Curry Recipes

Chettinadu is a region in Tamilnadu, the Southern state of India. The recipes specializes in using freshly ground spices added to make tasty food. Most of the recipes are spicy and tangy with the liberal use of the flavorful spices and herbs native to India. Did you know that many south indian dishes taste better if pearl onions are used instead of the regular onions. Also no, we do not add curry leaves to every dish but there are certain dishes which just can't be made without the aroma of the curry leaves in it. This is one such kuzhambu which has simple ingredients but makes you want to go for another serving.

In standard cup measurements
Garlic - 3 whole - 1/2 cup heaped
Pearl onions - 10
Tamarind - size of a lemon
Pepper corns - 1-1/2 tsp
Ghee - a few drops
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Tomato - 2 (medium sized, about 1 cup chopped)
Onion - 1/2 cup (chopped) or 10 pearl onions
Sesame oil - 4 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds / vendhayam - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Asafoetida - a pinch

Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract about 3 cups of juice. Roast the pepper corns in ghee. Make a fine powder. Grind the tomato and onion to make a paste. Heat sesame oil in a kadai and splutter the ingredients for temepring. Add the peeled garlic cloves and pearl onions and fry until it is almost cooked. Add the ground pepper powder, coriander powder and fry for another minute. Pour the ground paste and cook in medium heat until the raw smell disappears and the oil oozes out of the mixture. Mix the tamarind juice and salt. Allow it to come to a boil in med-high heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve hot over rice with a simple poriyal or fryums.
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Linking this up to Flavor with Spices - #1.


  1. wow such an mouthewatering poondu kuzhambu :) looks very tempting and very flavorful one !! I wud love to finish them with rice and papad :)

  2. Very Delicious curry, with lots of garlic. Surely try this.

  3. Slurp, fingerlicking kuzhambu..Makes me hungry.

  4. Poondu kulambhu looks very very tasty ...I never add pepper corns .Will try it next time .

  5. My favorite one... But here we get makati poondu mostly so in don't like the taste that much...

  6. பூண்டு குழம்பு ரொம்ப அருமையாக இருக்கு...பார்க்கும் பொழுதே சாப்பிட தோனுது...

  7. Great recipe.. i love poondu kulambu...


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