Poondu Kuzhambu

Poondu Kuzhambu

Garlic is very good for health and I love any food prepared with garlic  This tangy Kuzhambu is  perfect for rice / idlies or even dosa. Like Milagu Kuzhambu this Kuzhambu  can be kept for 3-4 days

Poondu Kuzhambu

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins


Garlic –  1/3 cup

Shallots – 1/3 cup

Tamarind – lemon sized ball

Sambar powder – 1 tsp (Adjust according to your taste)

Pepper powder – 1/8 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Sesame oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/8 tsp

Channa Dal – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Asofetida – a pinch

Jaggery powder – 1/2 heaped tbsp

Salt – as needed



  • Soak tamarind in Luke warm water for 15 minutes and extract the juice with around 3 cups of water
  • Add oil to the pan. When oil is hot add mustard seeds,channa dal, curry leaves and fenugreek and let them splutter. Add garlic and onion and sauté till the onion raw smell goes off they are cooked. Add sambhar powder and sauté for 30 secs
  • Add tamarind extract, turmeric powder, pepper powder, coriander powder and salt; allow it to boil for 10 minutes to get rid off raw smell of tamarind juice


  •  Add  jaggery and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes or till the Kuzhambu becomes thick



My Notes:

  • If you think kuzhambu is watery take a ladle of Kuzhambu in a small bowl add 1/4 tsp of rice flour and mix well without lumps add it to the Kuzhambu
  • Tomatoes  can be used for more tangy flavour
  • Instead of using coriander powder and sambar powder, Coriander seeds along with 2 shallots and red chilli can be dry roasted and added to boiling Kuzhambu
  • Red chilli can be used instead of sambar powder
  • Large onion can be used instead of small onion
  • Veggies like brinjal and ladies finger can be added after onions and garlic are cooked

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39 thoughts on “Poondu Kuzhambu

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  3. Udipi Sambar | Traditionally Modern Food February 12, 2015 at 10:53 PM Reply

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  4. Sandhya February 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM Reply

    Love this recipe, Vidya! What a delicious way to get more garlic in the diet!

  5. sindhoooo February 3, 2015 at 6:42 AM Reply

    So, Poondu means garlic right? This seems similar to Kokam rasam we prepare… thanks for the recipe, Vidya. TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  6. Sundari February 2, 2015 at 3:22 AM Reply

    Wow!! am drooling here!! perfect for the weather 🙂

  7. durgakarthik February 1, 2015 at 6:42 PM Reply

    Wow give me that cup.

  8. marudhuskitchen January 30, 2015 at 9:09 PM Reply

    Nice and tempting.. Kulambhu

  9. natasha January 30, 2015 at 2:01 PM Reply

    Looks mouth watering

  10. gayathri January 30, 2015 at 8:57 AM Reply

    looks delicious.wish to have it with hot rice.

  11. padma January 30, 2015 at 2:55 AM Reply

    Living most of my childhood in chennai….this dish brings nostalgic memories…It’s my all time fav..Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you sometime soon in my space:)

  12. Rani Vijoo January 29, 2015 at 4:09 PM Reply

    Very tempting garlic curry…
    Looks delicious..

  13. Chitra Jagadish January 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM Reply

    usually use crushed garlic-whole garlic pods in kuzhambu- sounds interesting- will try your version sometime….

  14. arnedehn January 29, 2015 at 8:46 AM Reply

    looks so delicious !

  15. swapnakarthik January 29, 2015 at 3:23 AM Reply

    Healthy traditional recipe,Vidya…my grandma used to make this…

  16. Francesca Trucco January 29, 2015 at 1:47 AM Reply

    Sometimes I have problem with garlic , however I agree with you about the fact it is good for health .That’s why sometimes I force myself top use it in my cuisine. Alwyas a pleasure to read you, thanks so much. Kisses from Italy

  17. Aruna Panangipally January 28, 2015 at 10:56 PM Reply

    I love anything with garlic too. 🙂

  18. srividhya January 28, 2015 at 10:52 PM Reply

    yummm. I add coconut milk to it.. (Nellai style 🙂 )

  19. Charanya January 28, 2015 at 10:51 PM Reply

    When I make this, Sanju goes’Awesome Rasam’. I have tried, tried and tried. This looks perfect ❤

  20. circadianreflections January 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM Reply

    Miam, miam! I love garlic too. This sounds delicious.

  21. Malar January 28, 2015 at 10:28 PM Reply

    Love this kuzhambu, I am tired of making daal all the time. After seeing your post, I am planning on Friday 🙂 Loved your pics dear!!!

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