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Milagu Kuzhambu-Pepper Kulambu

Milagu Kuzhambu-Pepper Kulambu

Pepper Kuzhambu is a very tasty and healthy South Indian Kuzhambu prepared with whole black pepper, tamarind and garlic. This is very easy to make and needs very less ingredients.

Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 persons


Ingredients needed

  • 20 grams Tamarind (one small lemon sized ball ) Old tamarind preferable
  • 40 grams Garlic (1 pod of garlic)
  • Curry leaves (Fistful)
  • 1 pinch Turmeric powder
  • Salt needed

For Grinding

  • 2 tsp Whole black pepper
  • 2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Tur Dal
  • 2 Red Chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Raw Rice
  • 2 cloves Garlic

For the Seasoning

  • 3 tbsp Gingelly oil (nallennai)
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida/hing
  • 1 Red chilli
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves


How to make Milagu Kuzhambu


  1. Fry the above ingredients mentioned under 'For Grinding' in a tsp of sesame seed oil and turn off the heat. Add a fistful of curry leaves and saute in the heat of the pan. Once it cools, grind it to a smooth paste and keep it aside.

  2. Peel 1 pod of garlic and keep it aside.

  3. Soak tamarind in warm water and extract thick tamarind juice. Discard the pulp.


  1. Heat 3 tbsp of gingelly oil/ sesame seed oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek seeds, hing, red chilli, peeled garlic, curry leaves and saute for a few minutes.

  2. Add the tamarind extract, salt needed, a pinch of turmeric powder and the ground paste and bring it to boil.

  3. When it boils, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the kuzhambu thickens and leaves oil.

  4. Milagu Kulambu is ready. Serve with hot steamed rice and a vegetable curry.

Recipe Notes

Storage Tips -  This pepper kulambu stay good for a week in the refrigerator.