Friday, September 4, 2009

Poondu Kulambu

Poondu means Garlic. Poondu kulambu is another famous curry prepared in South India.
It is a spicy curry prepared with a lot of tamarind and garlic. Mostly this poondu kulambu can be served like vatral kulambu after the sambar rice.
One can buy this this authentic poondu kulambu in sachets and bottles by popular brands in most Indian grocery shops.

Spicy poondu kulambu served over piping hot rice along with a simple cabbage poriyal and applam can make a perfect homely dinner..Isn't it:)

Poondu Kuzhambu
Poondu kulambu . (Photo updated July 2013).

Poondu kulambu / Garlic spicy tamarind curry / Poodu puli kulambu :


Garlic - 2 full (20 pearls)
sesame oil- 3 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Tamarind - 1 lemon size
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
chilli powder- 1 tsp (optional)
Kulambu milagai thool - 3 tbsp
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
fenugreek seed- 1/4 tsp
curry leaves - 1 sprig
chopped Red onion or shallot - 1 cup
Tomato - 1 big
salt - to taste
jaggery - 1 tsp


Extract juice from tamarind. Mix the chilly powder , kulambu milagai thool , Turmeric powder ,salt, and mix well. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan .
Add the mustard seeds ,cumin and fenugreek seeds.
Let the mustard pop. Sprinkle the asafoetida.

Now put the curry leaves , onion and saute till the onion turns brown.
Then add the chopped tomato and let it mash completely.

Skin the garlic . Put the garlic along with tomato and saute well.

Then pour the tamarind extract and let it come to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium.
Wait till the kulambu becomes a thick gravy and oil starts showing off.

Add a small piece of jaggery and switch off flame.

Serving suggestions:

It can be served as a side dish for rice, chapathi and curd rice.
Goes fine with hot rice and pappad.
This can be preserved even outside refrigerator for 3 - 4 days(If oil is used liberally and handled with hygiene).
So this can be used for travel food packages.
Poondu kulambu can be safely refrigerated for a month.

*Click to seekulambu milagai thool recipe.
*Kulambu milagai thool can be replaced by the folowing mixture:
coriander powder 2 tsp + sambar powder 1tsp + idly podi 2 tbsp


Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy one dear..looks yummy

Shaista Tabrez said...

must be tasty and combo with rice is great

Unknown said...

i love this kozhumbu..i add lot of ginger too for the extra zing ...

chakhlere said...

That curry looks nice.
What is Kulambu milagai thool?

Nandinis food said...

One of my Fav kuzhambu! Would Like to have with Hot rice and appalam.

Priya Suresh said...

My favourite kuzhambu, just love with papads and rice..yumm, mouthwatering..

Varsha Vipins said...

This is new to me Viki..garlicky gravy must have been grt fan of garlic..:)

Suparna said...

Hi Viki,
Ever since I've shifted to Chennai I've become a big fan of the cuisine of this place :) it's pure flavours and the mix and match is just amazing :) this poondu curry seems tounge tickling Thanks dear

Chitra said...

Looks nice viki..I add poondu in vatral kuzhambu.But never tried in this way..Will surely make it ..

chow and chatter said...

oh this looks great shame my mum in law doesn't eat garlic anymore, is the cabbage priyal on here? lol rebecca

Pari Vasisht said...

It's indeed a nice side dish for all garlic lovers.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

i love garlic....i usually don't add jaggery....yummy

Indian Khana said...

I would have to try this...I made once...and loved it...looks fab

Finla said...

Just looking to thepic i am drooling.

Gita Jaishankar said...

I am drooling over that picture Viki...this is my all time favorite...I love it with chicken 65 :) said...

Nice and healthy recipe dear...

lissie said...

Authentic yummy! great combo with rice and appalams...!

Hari Chandana P said...

Sounds too good.. Looks soo yumm.. :)

Sanghi said...

poondu kuzhambu enaku romba pudikum.. do check my blog for ur award!

Parita said...

Looks heavenly for garlic lovers!

Sarah Naveen said...

This is a real new recipe to me viki...
Looks really terrific...gotta try it!!!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thanks a lot friends.
Chakhlere: Kulambu milagai thool is a powder made with dry red chilli , coriander and many other herbs. we can get the powder from sakthi masala brand. See my link to get the recipe.

Cham said...

I imagine with papad! Great for up coming cold days! said...

Please come and collect your award from my blog dear

Unknown said...

I love this kulambu, tastes great on a cold day.

sangeeta said...

this looks like a spicy curry n i'd love to make it...never had something like this before.

Kalai said...

Kulambu looks yum.One of my fav.

Myvegfare said...

I want to give this a try my hubby might love this, that's going to be a treat for him!!, as I don't use poondu in my authentic cooking, which we are not used to. But, things change, these days i use lot of garlic in my cooking as i am away from my in-laws and parents!!, i had heard of this but never tried it, i love poondu in grinding but not this way, must try this, my hubby likes poondu pickle, which he makes himself!!, never eaten poondu in whole!! i am planning to do this today

Sai said...

Hi Viki,

Came across your site when i wanted to make arachu vitta sambhar last week and now not a day goes by without visting your blog.Thanks a lot !

Very easy to make and awesome receipes.Perfect measurements so very easy for a beginner like me !

Good luck !


Vikis Kitchen said...

Thanks Sai. you made my day:)

shanthi said...

Thank you for the recipe! It turned out great! :)

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