This kuzhambu is what i recently made and i got a serious addiction to it. It turned out so yummy, i love it to the core. The smell of shallots, garlic and fresh ground masala just lifts you..
This is a chettinad recipe, which involves in roasting few spices and grinding them. My mom makes another version which is so simple, will share that too soon.
Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 4
Oil – 3 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku – 1 tsp
Asafoetida / Kaya Podi / Hing – a pinch
Curry Leaves a handful
Shallots /Sambar Onion – 10 peeled
Garlic – 20 cloves peeled
Tomato – 1 large chopped finely
Tamarind – gooseberry size
Salt to taste
Sugar – 1/2 tsp
Water as needed
For Roasting & Grinding:
Coriander Seeds / Malli – 2 tblspn
Dry Red Chillies – 5 to 7
Chana Dal / Kadalai Paruppu – 1 tblspn
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam – 1 tsp
Black Pepper – 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds / Vendayam / Methi – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1 tsp
Soak tamarind in some water for 15 mins. Squeeze and strain the pulp.
Heat a tsp of oil in a kadai. Add in all the roasting ingredients and saute till golden. Remove it in a blender and grind it till smooth.
Heat 3 tblspn oil in a kadai. Add in mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and saute for a min.
Add in shallots, garlic and saute for a min.
Add in tomatoes and cook till it gets mushy.
Add in the ground masala and salt. Cook till raw smell leaves away.
Pour in tamarind juice and some water if needed.
Bring this to a boil, cover and simmer till oil separates.
Now add in some sugar and mix well.
Serve over rice.
|Take all your ingredients|
|These are your roasting ingredients|
|Heat a tsp of oil in a pan|
|Add in the roasting ingredients|
|roast till golden|
|now it has turned golden|
|Transfer this to a blender|
|Puree till smooth|
|Heat some more oil in a kadai|
|add in mustard seeds|
|and some asafoetida|
|add in curry leaves|
|saute for a min|
|Add in peeled shallots and garlic|
|add in tomatoes|
|Saute for 5 mins or so|
|Now it has turned mushy|
|Add the ground masala|
|and some salt|
|I fried it for a couple of mins|
|Pour in tamarind water|
|mix well..Add additional water if needed|
|bring it to a boil|
|cover and simmer|
|cook till oil floats on top|
|i added a touch of sugar to balance the taste|