32 POONDU PULI KUZHAMBU/GARLIC IN TAMARIND GRAVY

Poondu Puli kuzhambu(kulambu) / Garlic in tamarind gravy or in my native/home language we call it as thelligaya pulusu.


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In my family/house they make this curry a lot and serve it with rice. The flavor of garlic in curry is too good and also they do not add any other vegetables with it . Back home the garlic that we get is very difficult to peel/remove as the pods are very small. So usually they apply some oil all over and keep it under hot sun for couple of hours and then peel. If it is done in small quantity then it would not have been a problem , with so many members at home, they surely have to cook lots in quantity. Nowadays with the use of microwave that problem has simplified. They just keep it in the microwave for 15 - 20 seconds and the peeling problem is solved.
My hubby always prefers this curry over ladies finger in tamarind gravy( vendakkai/okra puli kuzhambu)

Onion - 1 big or shallots( 1 cup) - chopped fine
Tomato - 1 medium ripe one( optional)
Garlic - around 20 flakes( can also add more)
Tamarind - 3 inch piece soaked in water for 20 minutes and pulp extracted
Chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Dhaniya /coriander powder - 3/4 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Salt as needed
oil - 2 tbsp

For tempering:
Mustard seeds - few
Urad dhal - few
Curry leaves - one sprig
Gingelly/sesame oil - 1 tsp

Use of tomato is optional, at home they do not add tomato.But I love to add them.

Heat oil in a frying pan and add chopped onions. Fry till nice brown and add garlic. Saute for a minute and add chopped tomatoes. Mash the tomatoes and cook till pulpy till oil floats on top. Now add all the powders and mix once. ( you can substitute the powders with sambar powder/home made curry powder/mulagai thool/pulusu podi). Then add the tamrind pulp along with a cup of water. Reduce flame and cook till the garlic is soft but still firm. Next add coconut paste( grind grated coconuts with little water to a fine paste) , salt and water according to thickness needed and allow to cook till the raw smell leaves for about 8 - 10 minutes. Temper it with the tempering ingredients preferebaly with gingelly oil to give a good flavor/taste to the curry. You can also do the tempering part in the beginning itself before adding onions with the same oil, but I always prefer the tempering to be done at the end.


32 comments/Reactions:

Parita said...

Its sad m allergic to garlic :( gravy looks very tasty!

Ann said...

Pinch Pinch Padma! I just made them for lunch today:) Your's looks yumm.. can we pls exchange our dishes?

Padma said...

Oh ok Parita... too bad you can't taste them ...
Ann ....same pinch ..sure come over I have many other dishes today ... cooked freshly after 2 days ... been visiting friends :)

Kalyani said...

its a new recipe to me padma ... gravy looks delicious ......

Pooja said...

Oh lovely! Never tried or tasted this yet! Looks delicious!

Superchef said...

ohh..i soo love this. I just made some last week, but i used only about half the amount of garlic and used lots of pearl onions!! love the colour of this one!

Varsha Vipins said...

wow....yummm..I love garlic so much n this is a perfect dish fro me..:)

DEESHA said...

nice side dish

Padma said...

Thanks Kalyani, Pooja, Superchef, Varsha and Deesha :)

Priya said...

Woow padma, am drooling rite now here..looks too yummy!!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! padam it ;looks very interesting ..Yummy dish

Pavithra said...

Wow i am great garlic lover..........really mouthwatering.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Garlic is so good for heart! This is a very good recipe... Like it...

Uma said...

never made this before. looks so delicious Padma :)

Bergamot said...

A dish with garlic as the star ingredient. Interesting and yummy too :-)I love garlic and add loads of it in almost everything. I like your recipe.

Sanghi said...

My favt kuzhambu padma.. yummy!

kittymatti said...

haiya!!! this looks and sounds great Padma!!

Prathibha said...

That sounds new to me..yummy

Akal's Saappadu said...

poondu puli kozhambu pramaadham, I love it with some rice and papads :)

SriLekha said...

my favorite kolmabu!
ur version is so good!

Pooja said...

my hubby's favorite! have bookmarked it !

Kalaivani said...

Hi Padma,I used to make the kulambu same as urs but I grind all ingredients except poondu.Delicious.

Shama Nagarajan said...

our family's most favourite kulambu..delicious

munchcrunchandsuch said...

Padma, this is my fav..evetrytime amma is there with me, i ask her to make this..but we dont include coconut and tomatoes..this is a nice variation.i love it.

Padma said...

Thanks Priya, Mangala, Pavithra, HCOF, Uma, Bergamot, Sanghi,Preethi, Prathibha, Akal's, Srilekha, Pooja, Kalai,Shama and Shubha :)

Roselin said...

Padma my mom used to make this and i really love it.

Aysha said...

Hey Padma,the gravy looks really tasty.Even I make it the same way without coconut and less of garlic.Let me try yours..

Padma said...

Thanks Roselin...
Thanks Aysha for dropping by and leaving ur comments :)

ganga said...

thnks for folloing me padma,the gravy looks tasty

Varunavi said...

Looking great padma,i also do this but i dont put tomato and coconut:)

Sukanya said...

Garlic is very good for health and the Kuzhambu you prepared looks so delicious

Padma said...

Thanks Varunavi :)
Thanks Ganga and Sukanya for droping by and leaving ur comments :)

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