Apr 11, 2015

Chettinad Poondu Kuzhambu Recipe / Garlic Kuzhambu Recipe

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..

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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




  1. Looks yummy never tried this before

  2. Is. It served. With Roti or Rice?? Can. We. chop the Garlic?And slice the. Onion in this reciepe?

  3. @Anonymousit is served with rice. Yes u can chop it

  4. Sudha: Good one, will try :)

  5. This looks delicious! I do have one question- when you transfer the roasted items to the blender and puree, do you puree the stem of the chile along with the rest? Or do you chop that part off? That may be a silly question, lol. :)

  6. Hi i tried ur poondu kuzhambu recipe today it was so gud..but i felt it was lil watery so i added thr ground paste of coconut grated along wid a tsp of aachi kuzhambu masala to adjust d taste..it was much better then..thanks so much fr d recipe..annnddd ur brinjal kuzhambu recipe is awwwwsum..it was yummy..i tried it..my husband & my sis-in-law too loved it...thnx a lot fr dat recipe :)

  7. Hi,

    I tried the poondu kolambu and did some blunder:( Maybe I added twice as much sugar, it turned too sweet. Anyway to save it? I can taste all the flavours but the sweet is over powering. Please help.

  8. Hi aarthi, tried this recipe it was super. Continue sharing such tasty recipes.

  9. aarthi akka god bless you.i love yur recepies....samaika teriyadavanga kuda samaika kathupanga...neenga supeeeer akka. .

  10. Hii, i tried your recepie it came out very wel simply superb.Thank you continue sharing your tasty recepies


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