Thaala Kuzhambu


During my college days, when went for a family picnic, my Aunt’s Amma brought this Kuzhambu as a Rice Accompaniment for lunch. I loved it and I asked my Amma to cook that for me. She got her recipe and wrote in my book for my reference.

Checkout my other recipes with mixed vegetables

Bisi bele bath

Vegetable biryani

Thengai Aracha Kuzhambu


Potato –  1, big peeled and diced

Brinjal – 2, diced

Drumstick – 1

Carrot – 1

Beans – 6

White pumpkin  – 1 cup after dicing

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tso

Tamarind – small lemon size

Coriander leaves – few

Asafoetida – generous pinch

Salt – as needed

To temper:

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek – 1/8 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

For paste:

Toor Dal – 1 tbsp

Channa Dal –  1 tbsp

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Fenugreek – 1/4 tsp

Pepper – 1/2 tsp

Black Sesame  seed – 1 tsp

Rice – 1 tsp

Grated cocunut – 1/2 cup


  • Soak tamrind in 3 cups of lukewarm water for 15 minutes and extract the pulp
  • Add oil to the pan. when the oil is hot add mustard, fenugreek, asafoetida and curry leaves.  After they splutter add the vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of water and cook the vegetables


  • In a spearate pan add 1/4 tsp of oil and roast red chillies, toor dal, channa dal, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, fenugreek, pepper and  rice until they turn golden brown. Transfer them into a plate


  • In the same pan sauté the coconuts till they slightly change color. Tranfer them to the plate. After the mixture comes to room temperature, add little water and make a fine paste

thala kuzhambu

  • Meantime after the vegetables are half cooked, add tamrind pulp, turmeric powder and salt. Cook till the raw smell of tamrind goes and vegetables are fully cooked


  • Add the ground paste and cook for 5  minutes


  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice

My Notes:

  • Any vegetables of your choice can be added

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33 thoughts on “Thaala Kuzhambu

  1. Varsha April 18, 2015 at 3:51 AM Reply

    I tried this kuzhambu,both hubby and I liked it a lot. WIll surely prepare it for a variation hereafter ! Even my lo tasted it a bit and liked it.. 🙂

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  4. zambianlady December 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM Reply

    This looks delicious, but I doubt that I would be able to prepare it. My traditional food, which I love though non-Zambians say is bland, uses very little ingredients and rarely any spices. Therefore, I find it a daunting task to cook anything with a lot of ingredients.

  5. Dilip December 7, 2014 at 2:37 AM Reply

    Even a non-foodie will get inspired to cook the Kuzhambu and savor it too 🙂
    Have a nice Sunday 🙂

  6. JayanthiSindhiya December 6, 2014 at 5:40 PM Reply

    Nice combo of veggies and spices

  7. tortadellafiglia December 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM Reply

    I love the recipe, and the history! Thank you!

  8. sindhoooo December 5, 2014 at 7:15 AM Reply

    Wow! It seems so different! Will come back again and note it so that I can try this recipe 🙂 Thank you Vidya for sharing this 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  9. apuginthekitchen December 4, 2014 at 7:25 PM Reply

    That looks delicious. Would love to try it.

  10. coconutcraze December 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM Reply

    I have not come across this curry so far…so something new! It has almost an exotic blend of spices and it would be really amazing to taste! Looks like a mixed vegetable pulikolambu! I like the idea!

  11. December 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM Reply

    Yum! Delicious, flavorful, and healthy! I must share with my Facebook friends.

  12. apsara December 4, 2014 at 8:22 AM Reply

    I am not familiar with this combination of spices in kuzhambu, but it looks very delicious, with black pepper and sesame seeds!

  13. Chitra Jagadish December 4, 2014 at 5:30 AM Reply

    sounds Flavorsome V… 🙂

  14. Francesca Trucco December 4, 2014 at 5:21 AM Reply

    Thanks for sharing with us not only the receipt but also your personal history about it 🙂

  15. Aruna Panangipally December 4, 2014 at 3:12 AM Reply

    Looks so delicious. I love veggie filled stuff!

  16. Ranjani December 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM Reply

    a must try authentic recipe vidya..

  17. srividhya December 4, 2014 at 12:09 AM Reply

    It’s pretty much like the araichu vitta sambhar right? ? Without cooked dhal though 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food December 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM Reply

      Sesame seeds makes the difference in taste Sri and ya no cooked toor dal but little for the paste..

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