Mar 4, 2013

Karunai Kilangu Pulikulambu / Yam Ordinary Puli Kulambu / Yam Ordinary Cooked in a Spicy Tamarind Sauce

I love making Pulikulambu often. We make it with a whole lot of veggies and beans, but this gravy i learned from my mom. She makes it during pongal season, because we used to buy a lot of different veggies, yams and potatoes during that time. What i love in this gravy is the simple bland yam ordinary taste so heavenly when cooked this way.

This gravy is spicy, sour and a little sweetish at the same time, which really makes it unique. I served it with some drumstick avial and papad and it was heavenly. I hope you will this simple gravy and let me know how it turned out.

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves - 5 to 6


Yam Ordinary/Karunai Kilangu - 10 cooked (Check here for method)
Shallots / Sambar Onion - 10 Peeled
Tomatoes - 1 large chopped
Garlic - 10 cloves peeled
Green Chilli - 2
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 1 tblspn
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 2 tblspn (Click here for recipe)
Rice Flour / Arisi Mavu - 1 tblspn mixed with 1/4 cup water

For Tempering:
Oil - 3 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp
Hing / Asafoetida / Kaya podi - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring


Cook yam as per directions. Set aside till use.

Heat oil in a sauce pan. Add in the seasoning ingredients and saute for a min.

Now add in shallots, garlic, green chilli and saute for a min.

Now add in tomatoes and saute for 3 mins.

Now add in spice powders and saute for 30 seconds.

Now pour some water and bring it to a boil.

Season with salt and sugar and mix well. Now add in tamarind paste and mix well.

Add in the cooked yam and mix well. Simmer for 10 mins.

Now add in the rice flour paste and mix well. Simmer for 5 more mins.

Serve with rice.

Take all your ingredients

Add seasoning ingredients in oil

add a touch of hing

Now goes curry leaves

add in garlic, shallots and green chilli

saute for a min

Add in tomatoes and mix well

saute for 5 mins

Add in spice powders

Saute for a min

Add in water and mix well

Season with salt and sugar

Add in tamarind

Mix well

Bring it to a boil

Cook ordinary yam

Add it in

Add in rice flour mixed with water in

Mix well



  1. Love it a lot, looks so tempting, long time since I had it.

  2. Super yummy curry...I love anything which is sour and sweet

  3. Yummyilicious and fingerlicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.

  4. I've never had this dish before, but it really looks delicious! It got all my favorite spices!

  5. yesss..i made it...but my rice flour was too much so the curry turned up to be very tick as payasam...but the taste was appreciated. The tamarind was less...this is the first recipe i tried from this blog its an awesome experience... I found the photo tutorial was extremely helpful...thank u so much my dear from sharon malaysia

  6. is rice flour mandatory?

  7. Nice post, Thanks for sharing this information, keep updating your post.
    cooks in chennai

  8. Wats the size of tsp and tblspn

    1. 1 tsp is 5 grams, 1 tblspn is 15 grams


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