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Monday, March 5, 2018

Vendakkai Puli Kulambu Recipe-Ladies Finger Kara Kuzhambu

Vendakkai puli kulambu is a popular South Indian kulambu which is very easy to make. It goes well as an accompaniment with rice. It can be made with or without coconut. This simple kulambu is often prepared in my home. In hotels, kulambu is mostly prepared in this manner. You can also check my arachuvitta kulambu hotel style. Today we will learn how to make ladies finger puli kulambu/kara kuzhambu following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Vendakkai Puli Kulambu-Ladies finger Kara Kuzhambu

Vendakkai Puli Kulambu

Vendakkai Puli Kulambu

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategoryKulambu
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Ladies finger/Vendakkai -8-10
   Pearl onion -10
   Garlic - 10 cloves
   Tomato -1
   Sambar Podi - 2 tbsp
   Salt needed
   Tamarind - small lemon sized ball
   Coconut - 3 tbsp

   For the seasoning

   Sesame seed oil - 3 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
   Hing - a pinch
   Red Chillies - 1-2
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Wash and wipe ladies finger dry with a kitchen towel. Cut the tip and tail and discard it. Then cut it into 1 1/2 inch pieces.

Peel pearl onions and garlic. If it is big, cut it into half.

Soak tamarind in hot water for 20 minutes. Extract 2 cups of tamarind water by adding more water and discard the pulp.

Grind coconut to a fine paste and keep it aside.


Heat oil in a kadai (sesame seed oil/nallennai preferable), add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek seeds, red chillies, hing and curry leaves.

how to make vendakkai kuzhambu

Add pearl onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat until it turns transparent.

Heat another 2 tsp of oil and saute ladies finger separately for 4-5 minutes in another pan. You do not have to cook ladies finger fully as it will get cooked in the tamarind water.

vendakkai kuzhambu

Once the onion becomes transparent, add the ladies finger.

Add the chopped tomato and mix well.

how to make vendakkai kulambu

Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add sambar podi (I used my homemade sambar podi which is not spicy) and salt needed.

Ladies Finger Kara Kuzhambu

Mix well and cook for a minute. Add tamarind extract.

ladies finger kulambu

Boil on medium heat.

Vendakkai Puli Kulambu Recipe

Once the kulambu starts to thicken, add the coconut paste, mix well and boil for another 2-3 minutes on low heat. Remove from heat. 

Serve with rice or even with idli dosa.

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