Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sakkarai Valli Kizhangu Kuzhambu-Sweet Potato Kulambu Recipe

Sweet potatoes are very nutritious and good for our health. I have written a lot about the health benefits of sweet potatoes in my sweet potato poriyal  recipe. This Kulambu tastes great with sweet potatoes. You will not know the sweetness of the potatoes, if done properly. Today we will learn how to make Sweet Potato kuzhambu following this easy recipe.

Sweet Potato Kuzhambu
Sweet potato kuzhambu with bean poriyal

Sweet Potato Kuzhambu

Sweet Potato Kuzhambu

Prep Time :15 Mins Cook Time:30 Mins Serves4

  Ingredients needed

   Sweet potato - 1 cup chopped
   Tamarind - Lemon sized ball
   Sambar powder - 2-2 1/2 tbsp
   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Shallots/pearl onions - 8-10
   Salt needed

 For the seasoning

   Oil -1/4 cup
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
   Hing - a generous pinch
   Curry leaves- few


Wash and peel  the skin of sweet potatoes. Chop it into slightly bigger pieces.

Soak tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes and extact its juice. Discard the pulp. You will have 2 cups of tamarind extract.


Heat oil in a kadai or heavy bottomed vessel, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek, hing, curry leaves and onions.

Saute until onions turn pink.

sakkarai valli kizhangu kuzhambu

Then add sweet potatoes, sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt needed and saute for 2-3 minutes.

How to make Sweet Potato Kuzhambu

Add 2 cups of tamarind extract and cook covered on medium flame.

How to prepare Sweet Potato Kuzhambu

Switch off when the kuzhambu reduces to half and oil separates.

Serve with rice or any vegetable curry.

Note - To get perfect kuzhambu, the ratio of the tamarind and the sambar powder is very important. This differs according to the tamarind and sambar powder used. If it is old tamarind, use less otherwise the kuzhambu will be tangy. I have used home made sambar powder which is not hot. If you are using store bought sambar powder, use less. 

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  1. Very nice curry. Love the colour of the dish.

  2. Delicious and lovely to look at kuzhambu sweet Padhu. Excellent preparation.

  3. Never made kuzhambu with sweet potato, sounds interesting and delicious..

  4. What a comforting dish. I love sweet potato too.

  5. Padhu, This kuzhambu was killer! I loved it and am planning to make it a staple in my kitchen :) Thanks for sharing!


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