Monday, 2 March 2015

Manathakali Keerai Puli Kulambu

This dish is one of the common dishes in Tamil nadu. It’s a village recipe where I leant from my friend’s mom. When I used to live In Chennai, I had wonderful time with Aunty who makes different varieties of foods which will be yummy.Cannt resist. This Special Manthakali keerai contains Iron, Fiber and full of vitamins.





Prep time

Cook time


30 mins

15 mins

3 persons


Cuisine: South Indian

Recipe Type: Lunch (Main dish)



  • Manathakali leaves -2 cups
  • Toor dhal -1/4  cup
  • Tomato -2 nos
  • Water -2  cups
  • Small onions -1 cup
  • Garlic -10 pods
  • Turmeric powder -1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder -1 tbsp
  • Tamarind – lemon size balls
  • Salt – to taste


  • Oil -1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds -1 tsp
  • Jeera seeds -1 tsp
  • Dry red chillies -2 nos
  • Hing – pinch



Check out other kulambu varieties


1. Cut the roots of and wash the leaves with stem well without any mud in it and keep it aside. If you don’t get this you may use any kind of greens.Slit the green chillies and deseed them. Soak the tamarind in water to get a thick pulp

2. In a heavy bottom pan / pressure cooker add leaves and the lentils. Stir well. Add turmeric powder, salt and pressure cooker for 4 whistles.Then Grind the masala into a smooth paste & keep it aside. When it’s done keep in low flame and mash them well add water to liquefy them and boil it again.

3. In small pan oil gets heated up add the mustard, fenugreek seeds, and asafetida, curry leaves, After splutter, add small onion and garlic and sauté it for 2 mins. Add green chillies and sauté them. Pour the above ground mixture to the seasonings.At medium flame, add chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder& salt and fry it for few mins. Let it cool for 5 mins.

4. Serve hot with white boiled rice. It's tasty even more when kept for 6-7 hrs outside.

Served with

Potato Chips

Boiled Potato fry

Arbi Roast


Addition of coconut paste will give a different taste and of course it will be yummy.



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