Saturday, September 13, 2014

POONDU KUZHAMBU / GARLIC CURRY


This is a tangy and spicy curry from South India made with whole garlic pods and shallots..  You can make a vaariety of curries following the same recipe.... for example, with fish, prawns, brinjals or boiled eggs. It tastes really nice with just plain boiled rice and maybe fried appalams (papads) to go with it.

Ingredients:

Garlic cloves ... 15 - 20
Shallots ........ 10
Tomato ... 1 small
Coconut .... 1/2 cup (grated)
Tamarind ... lemon sized
Dry red chillies .. 5-6 (add more if you like spicy curry)
Red chilli powder .. 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder ... 1 tsp
Pepper corns .. 1 tsp
Fenugreek/ methi seeds ...1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds ... 1 tsp
Curry leaves .. 1 sprig
Asafoetida ... 1 pinch
Oil .. as needed

Method :
1. Soak the tamarind in half cup of water for about half an hour . Squeeze and remove the thick juice.
2. Peel the garlic and shallots.
3. Grind the coconut to a fine paste.
3. Dry roast and grind dry red chillies, methi seeds, pepper corns and cumin seeds.
4. Grind the Tomato with 5 shallots and 5 garlic cloves.
5. Add the ground spices to this and a little water. Grind together to make the masala paste.
6. Heat oil in a pan and add the asafoetida, mustard seeds, Broken red chillies and curry leaves.
7. When they crackle, add the whole garlic cloves and shallots. Saute for 2 minutes.
8. Add the ground masala paste and the coconut paste and saute adding the salt and spice powders.
9.Now add the tamarind extract and sufficient water to cook. ( quantity of water could be 1 cup or more if you like more gravy.)
10. Simmer until done.

Note: If you like you can do the tempering in the end when the curry is ready. I do iit in the beginning to avoid more oil.

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22 comments:

  1. Never tried this curry though I love garlic a lot. Looks really tempting, a must try!

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  2. very tempting curry

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  3. my MIL used to make this gravy , with just sutta appalam and steamed rice. your version sounds delish too !

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    1. Yes, it tastes so good with plain rice and appalam. Thanks

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  4. Shobha this is a mouthwatering and tempting recipe. A curry where no lentils are used and the star ingredient is garlic. Will have to give this poondu kuzhambu a try. I am guessing the amount is enough for 2.

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    1. Thanks Mayuri. Having lived in South India I have a liking towards these tangy Kuzhambu gravy. This one with garlic is really nice. Yes, this is sufficient for 2 people as the tangy and spicy gravy cannot be consumed more.

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  5. Poondu kuzhambu is a big hit in most Tamil homes. Piping hot rice with poondu kuzhambu and appalams are a heavenly combination. People literally go crazy over this and they say it tastes even better when had it the next day as the flavors steep in really well

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    1. Yes Priya, kuzhambu always tastes better the next day as all the flavours are infused into the gravy. I love it with rice and appalams too.

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  6. Poondu Kozhambu is so flavorful and delicious. One of the hot favorite recipes at my place as hubby loves it.We make it when we are bored of the regular curries and dals.Just need some rice and papad to polish it off.

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    1. True Preethi. It is my favourite too but hubby doesn't like tangy and spicy food and I feel lazy to make it just for myself.

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  7. Garlic curry sounds absolutely mouthwatering. Never tried before. An excellent recipe for garlic lovers. Bookmarking to try soon.

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    1. Do make this curry Sujata. It really is very good.

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  8. This looks so good. I bet this would be perfect over steamed rice on a cold day, and so very healthy too!

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    1. Yes Rinku. Garlic is very good for health.

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  9. Wow! what a delicious curry! I have to try making it soon with eggs of coure but will love it with shrimp.

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    1. Archana, try this one which has only garlic cloves as a key ingredient.

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  10. What an interesting recipe. I like that you have added coconut to the curry. It must help reduce the strong pungency from the garlic. Plus you get all the health benefits of garlic.

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    1. Thanks Mina. Most of the South Indian curries have coconut in them.

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