Sunday, December 25, 2011

Poondu Kulambu-Onion Garlic Kuzhambu

This is one of our most favorite kuzhambu of all South Indian kulambu varieties. My children simply love this poondu vengaya kuzhambu so much, that they want this kuzhambu or vatha kulambu at least once in a week. In fact they eat more than usual when I prepare this poondu kuzhambu. This stays fresh even for 4-5 days if refrigerated and also perfect for lunch box. All you need is a simple vegetable stir fry to go along with it.Today let us learn how to make Poondu (garlic) kuzhambu following our easy garlic kulambu recipe.

Poondu Kulambu-poondu kuzhambuHow to make Poondu kuzhambu
Serves -6

Ingredients needed

Pearl onion - 1/2 cup
Garlic - 3/4 cup
Tamarind - golf ball size -( approximately 40 grams, but it depends on the quality of tamarind)
Sesame seed oil - 4 tbsp
Salt as required - (I use only rock salt for kulambu )


Soak tamarind in hot water for 20 minutes.Then extract the juice (around 3 cups) and discard the pulp.

Peel the onions and garlic and cut it into half if it is big.

For the seasoning

Mustard -1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds -3/4 tsp
Hing -1/4 tsp
Curry leaves -few


Heat sesame seed oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek seeds, hing and curry leaves.

Then add garlic and pearl onions and saute nicely for a few minutes.

Add sambar powder, salt and tamarind water and bring it to boil.

Keep it in medium flame and cook till it thickens and oil separates.

Note -Use only sesame seed oil for best results.

Lunch on Sunday

onion garlic kulambuI love simple traditional meals very much - Our Sunday lunch (rice and curd are not in the picture)

Steamed rice
Poondu Kuzhambu
Mullangi keerai poriyal
Carrot stir fry/poriyal
Curd Rice

I make it a point to include greens at least 4 days a week in our diet in the form of paratha or a simple stir fry or kootu or mixed rice like methi pulao, pudina pulao, coriander rice, vendhaya keerai sadam (South Indian style) or just keerai masiyal etc. After all our health is more important than anything else in this world, isn't it?

I have planned to post our simple lunch menus which will be not only be healthy but also have variety, for the new ones to have an idea as to what to cook for lunch. Stay tuned!

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of


  1. Delicious recipe,looks very tasty n easy to prepare.

  2. Delicious..Yummy one to try it asap


  3. Mmmm..Love this kuzhambu...Looking forward to your healthy lunch menu series.
    Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year

  4. Lip smacking kuzhambu!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. What beautiful flavors...lovely!
    Happy New Tear!

  6. Garlic is def my weakness looks amazing! Happy New year!!

  7. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, filled with loads of happiness, good health and wonderful blessings. May all your wishes come true.

  8. This looks so delicious. YUM...

  9. This is a lovely, luscious curry, Thyanks for posting.
    Wish you and yours a very Happy New Year.

  10. came out awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  11. can u give me the recipe for kara kuzhambu

  12. superb akka.I made it today with cabbage poriyal and tangachi usually not prefer this.when she arrived from school and asking abt today's receipe.
    she said that she dnt want food today.
    but after eating she asked me more to put this kuzhambu.
    simply slurrrrrrrp akka

  13. Tried your Poondu Kuzhambu - It was really awesome. I am going to try karuveppilai kuzhambu today...


  14. Nice dish and presentation. Can you give me the measurement incase if we use tamarind paste in place of tamarind?

  15. Hi Padhu,

    I have tried many kuzhambu, kootu, dosai recipes from your blog and it really tastes good. I have a request, I had tasted a recipe made with kabuli chana and rice and Its tastes like tamarind rice. I guess it is called konda kadai rice. Can you please share the recipe. If its in your blog already what is the name of the dish. Many thanks

  16. Namrata - here is the link for channa pulao
    Channa Pulao

  17. Hi Padu,
    This recipe is looking so appetizing and beautiful.Thanks for sharing awesome recipes!
    Hope to see more of your creative endeavors in the New Year. Wish you and your family a very Happy and Blessed New Year!!!

    Have a wonderful Holiday Season and stay Warm !
    Best Regards, Sonia

  18. Do u mean 3/4 cup of garlic cloves or 3/4 of a pod of garlic

  19. It is 3/4 cup of garlic cloves.This is poondu kulambu, so it is the main ingredient.

  20. hai,
    This kulambu was simple and easy to make. Thankyou so much, your recipes are my guide while cooking and even my mom appreciates me since i have never ever cooked before. Once again thank you so much.


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