Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kulambu milagai thool

The word kulambu milagai thool brings me the memories of the days when people rush towards the grinding mill with their big size vessels with handle (the vessel is called thookku pathiram in Tamil) filled with sundried spices at least once a month. Even though my mom had a different version of making the powder / mixture...I started using this powder recently. It is the basic powder for many delicious South Indian curries.

Kulambu milagai thool is an all purpose curry powder used in many Indian houses. It is similar to the sambar powder except for some ingredients and the large amount of dry red chilly.
This powder can be used in making puli kulambu,kara kulambu, vatha kulambu, meen (fish) kulambu or any non vegetarian curry.

Kuzhambu mil'agai thool / All purpose curry powder




Ingredients:

(Multiply the below ratio to get bulk quantity. If you are interested in grinding large quantities in a mill, then sun drying the below items is the best idea.)
Dry red chilly - 2 cup
coriander seed - 1 cup
cumin - 1/4 cup
Black pepper - 1/4 cup
Asafoetida - tiny piece (1/4 inch cube)
Channa dhal - 1/4 cup
fenugreek (venthayam) - 1 tsp
Curry leaf - 2 brigs

Method:
Dry roast all the items given above individually .
Roast the curry leaves till it looses all the moisture.
Let it cool completely.
Grind to a fine powder using a coffee grinder / Indian mixer.
Spread it to cool again.
Store in an airtight container for use.
No need to refrigerate it.

26 comments:

Varsha Vipins said...

Tats a beautiful memeory Viki..n this is the main thing I like about Tamil n telugu cuisines..your podi's...thats like a one shortcut to excellent taste..goes well with rice all the time..yumm..thanks for sharing this..:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks for liking it varsha. But this podi is not suitable to go along with rice . It is used to prepare some kulambu...May be my next post has something to do with this post...anyways, thanks dear for the quick response.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

nice podi must make it...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

You come up with unique ones....

Chow and Chatter said...

oh I adore homemade curry powders my mum in law makes them lol

Nandini said...

What a nice podi! Looks really good! Thooku pathiram reminds me of my old days!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I always like home made sambhar powder over the store bought ones,but always rely on my MIL :P

Hari Chandana said...

WoW.. Lovely podi.. looks spicy and very tempting.. thanks for sharing!!

Priya said...

Thats an excellent post VIki...even i remember my monthly visit to grinding mill when i was kid..

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Vikzz..this is a useful recipe...happy pongal...can u do a favour....i really wish to have pulikulambu..can u post it??? if u hav posted already please send the link.. :)

Parita said...

I so wish i had a good grinder would love to make this :)

Priti said...

Nice write up..umm thool looks gud

Sushma Mallya said...

Thats a nice one...will try it next time..

Ann said...

Thats excellent Viki..will be helpful for many..Thanks

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice lovely entry dear..lovely sweet post

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thank you for liking it my friends!
Hi Lena, Here is the link to Puli kulambu , a typical south version:)
http://elitefoods.blogspot.com/2008/09/murungakkai-puli-kulambu.html

Gita said...

Thanks for sharing the podi recipe dear...till date I have never ground my own kuzambu thool..always had them on hand from my grandma or my mil...my supplies are dwindling and I have to make my own soon :(

Rina said...

Thanks for sharing viki..its helpful..

Chitra said...

kulambu milagai thool dhoolaa irukku viki.i've posted an entry for ur event in my blog.HAve a look :)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Very nice recipe and very useful for making Kuzhambu.

Divya Vikram said...

Amma makes kuzhambu podi for me. so have never ventured into making it. Looks yummy!

Babli said...

kulambu milagai thool seems to be a very nice and delicious recipe and i will definitely try it out. Its something new and interesting too. You have presented very beautifully.

Premyscakes said...

Wow viki, atlast iam here to comment. Always love to visit your blog and iam visiting though not commenting due to my busy work. And am trying almost all your recipes. Dont know how u managed to learn all these.
cheers.

Hema said...

I would also rarely go to the mill to get it ground.. I am now running out of the thool which my mom gave a year back.. accept your award from my blog
http://salt2taste.blogspot.com/2009/08/palak-paneer.html

sangeeta said...

i make many powders at home n will try this one too as it looks hot n spicy....can you suggest more uses of this powder?

viki said...

Sangeetha: This powder can be used in all podi thooval poriyal. It can also be used as sambar powder for unexpected usage. It is purely a multi purpose powder that can be used to make fish curry, mutton or chicken curries also.

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