Mar 14, 2013

Amma's Pulikulambu with Brinjal, Drumstick & Onions

I have been waiting to share this recipe ever since i posted my mum's urundai kulambu recipe. I have been getting a lots of request from my readers to share this recipe. So here i am with the post. I make pulikulambu a little differently, i sometimes add ground spices or sometime roast and grind my spices. But this is how my mum makes her pulikulambu. This is a little spicy gravy, so a little gravy mixed with rice and had with papad is highly satisfying.

She always keeps recipes simple and easy. This is her basic pulikulambu recipe. From this recipe she turns it to different pulikulambu eachtime. Sometime she add cooked soyabeans, cooked double beans, different veggies, only garlic, only shallots,etc..She made this for me on a special day during my stay in my mum's place, along with this she made urundai kulambu, drumstick leaves thoran, papad, beans poriyal and rice. It was a amazing meal. Can't wait to have more of it. I hope you will love this and let me know how it turned out for you, if you try it some day.


Preparation Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves - 4 to 5


Onions - 1 chopped roughly

Brinjal - 1 chopped into cubes
Drumstick - 1 cut into 2 inch pieces
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 2 tblspn
Asafoetida / Kaya Podi / Hing - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 3 tblspn mixed with 2 to 3 cups of water
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds / Methi / Vendayam - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 1 cut into pieces
Jaggery / Sugar - 1 small piece /  1 tsp
Oil - 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
Rice Flour - 1 tblspn mixed with 1/2 cup of water


Take a heavy bottom pan, add in oil and heat it up.

Now add in mustard seeds, fenugreek, dry red chilli and let them pop.

Now add in onions, brinjal and drumstick and mix well.

Now add in asafoetida and mix well.

Add in chilli powder and coriander powder and give a good mix.

Now pour in the tamarind water and add in salt and jaggery to it.

Let it cook for 15 mins till the veggies are cooked.

Once the veggies are cooked add in rice flour water and mix well.

Let it simmer for 5 more mins.

Serve this with rice.


Prepare Veggies..

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan

Add all the veggies in it

Add some asafoetida

Add in chilli powder

Coriander powder

Mix well

Pour in tamarind water

Add some salt

Some jaggery

Mix well

Simmer for a while

Add in rice flour mixture

Simmer for some more time



  1. Delicious and healthy veg curry.

  2. I bet this tastes fantastic with all those flavours. Have a good day Diane

  3. Fingerlicking kuzhambu..makes me drool.

  4. Amma's recipe always tastes good.. So yummy looking pulikulambu

  5. spicy tangy kolambu looks so must be tongue tickling...

  6. Love this tangy adn spicy curry with pappad...

  7. If you use fenugreek seeds, when do you add them?

  8. @AnonymousAdd it after mustard seeds, sorry i forgot to mention that in method instructions.

  9. We don't get drumsticks at our place,what should we use instead?

  10. @Anonymousu can use small onion, brinjal in this


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