Sunday, 2 February 2014

Poondu Kuzhambu(Garlic Kuzhambu)

Poondu Kozhambu is a very common Tamarind Gravy in any Tamil home. Without any doubt, it is most people's favorite too! All of us love it in our house too. I make it with a lot of garlic, obviously spicy.Poondu means Garlic. Poondu kulambu is another famous curry prepared in South India.It is a spicy curry prepared with a lot of tamarind and garlic. Mostly this poondu kulambu can be served like vatral kulambu after the sambar rice. Spicy poondu kulambu served over piping hot rice along with a simple cabbage kootu or poriyal and applam can make a perfect homely dinner.It is easy to prepare and it goes well with idli or dosa too!!!


Prep time:30  mins   

Cook time:20 mins




1 ½ cup

Garlic pods

2 full(20 pearls)


½ cup


lemon size ball

Chilli powder

1 tsp

Turmeric powder



to taste

To temper

Gingelly oil

2 tsp

Mustard seeds

1 tsp

Methi seeds

½ tsp



Curry leaves


Red chillies

2 nos

Kuzhambu powder masala

Roast and grind

Black gram dal

1 tbsp.

Bengal gram dal

1 tbsp.

Black pepper seeds

1 tbsp.

Jeera seeds

1 tbsp.

Red chilli


Coriander seeds

½ tsp


Fry the following items and grind them in a mixie

1. Heat 1 tea spoon of oil in a pan/kadai and black gram dal, bengal gram dal, black pepper seeds, jeera seeds, red chili, coriander seeds.Peel off the skin from garlic and keep them ready. Chop onions and tomatoes and keep them along with garlic.Soak tamarind in hot water, make them to a paste, filter all the dust particles using filter.podu1-0012. Add oil in a pan and fry the garlic for sometime and keep it aside.Season with mustard seeds,methi  seeds, curry leaves.Add red chilli, onions and garlic(poondu) and fry for few minutes.Add tomato and fry until it is soft.poondu2 3. Put in low flame and add turmeric powder, chilli powder and kuzhambu powder and fry for 1 minute.Add the Tamarind thick extract and boil for few mins.Add salt and cook until the required consistency.Add asafetida  finally garnish with coriander if required.poonu3-0014. Enjoy it with some hot rice gingelly oil and a roasted papad or any south Indian vegetable to go with.IMG_20140203_080051-001 5. Hot and tasty Poondu kuzhambu is ready to be served.


Always filter the dust particles from tamarind using filter.

It can be served along with white rice, idly, dosa. Any vegetables like brinjal, ladies finger can be fried and added to this kuzhambu.


  1. this looks so comforting... love the color...

  2. spicy and flavorful curry.. :)

    1. Sorry guys to tell you this..I am having it now with hot rice and papad.

  3. Mouthwatering!. what a coincidence yesterday i made this for lunch.
    love your version too.

    1. Poorni I do kara kulambu or spicy kulambu twice in a week,specially for me.

  4. Very flavorful, healthy and my fav kuzhambu...

  5. I love garlic looks so tasty ... will try soon

  6. Lip smacking poondu kuzhambu...


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