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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Murungaikkai Thakkali Kulambhu | Drumstick in Tomato Gravy

Kara Kuzhambu

Today is Tuesday and a day dedicated to "Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday" living in chennai I loved to cook some authetic tamil nadu spl recipe even though we were mawari's . We are also surrounded with lots of tamil friends so there is no way we can miss any authentic recipe . Our tamil neighbors back in India where so kind enough to share all the palagarams they made for any festive occasion and we used to relish them  at home. I used to try some tamil nadu spl recipes from them and we used to enjoy them a lot :). My most fav among all the tamil nadu spl recipe is Kara Kozhambu , which is the spicy gravy with so much aroma and some veggies added to it makes it more delicious. Few days back I made a very delicious kara kozhambu from Nalini of Nalini's kitchen which was most loved kara kozhambu by my H :) The aroma just made me feel  ah ha and I totally enjoyed each grain of the rice dipped with this Spicy kuzhambu.

If  you all remember in the month start we celebrated nalini's virtual party for which I prepared for tamil nadu spl dishes from her space In which I share her Tirunelvelli  Halwa it came out perfect and Now I wanted to share this yummy Kuzhambu which I tried from her space . Drumstick and tomato are great combos and this tangy gravy just is filled with so much aroma that your neighbors will sure know you are making something delicious :) Thanks to nalini for sharing this very delicious kuzhambu . Now over to the recipe ..

Drumstick kulambu

Drumstick tomato gravy

Recipe Source : Nalini's Kitchen


10 No Drumstick/muringaikkai( Cut in to 2 inch pieces)- I used the frozen one.
1 Medium Onion(finely chopped)
3 No medium Tomato
1 lemon sized Tamarind (Soaked in water and extract the tamarind juice)
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Sambhar pd
1 sprig Curry leaves
4-5 Garlic pods(Minced)
3 tbsp Coriander leaves
3 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

To roast and Grind

5-6 Dried red chilly
1/4 cup Coconut (grated)
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
1 tsp Fennel seeds
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds

For the tempering

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
Asafoetida a pinch


  • In a non stick pan roast the ingredients under "Roast and grind" finally add the coconut  and turn off the flame.
  • Grind them in a blender  to a fine paste , add water if necessary.
  • Puree 3 chopped Tomatoes in a blender and keep them aside.
  • Cook the drumstick in enough water for 10 mins in microwave till they are done and them drain the water.
  • In a sauce pan heat oil add mustard seeds , fenugreek seeds , cumin seeds . 
  • After the pop add asafoetida , curry leaves and let them splutter.
  • Now add the chopped onion and minced garlic , saute them ti the onions turn translucent.
  • Then add the tomato puree and boil them till the raw smell goes off.
  • Now add the ground paste and mix them well. Also Add sambhar pd and tamarind pulp too .
  • Boil them till the oil starts separating from the gravy.
  • Add the cooked Drumstick and let the kuzhambu boil in low flame till you get the little thick consistency.
  • Serve the with steamed rice and papad.
Kulambu recipes

  • If using fresh drumstick you can saute them after onions and cook them while the kuzhambu is boiling.
  • Adjust the spice level according to your taste buds.
Linking this to Tamizhar samayal Tuesday whose brain child is Nalini suresh . 


  1. Tangy drumstick curry.......... looks so rich and yummy!

  2. Wow that is such a beautiful presentation of curry love the orangish curry in orange color dish...

  3. fingerlicking and delicious murungaikkai kuzhambu, I just love it Manju... beautiful...

  4. Lovely vibrant color

  5. Delicious kuzhambu, perfect with rice...

  6. Looks very comforting and delicious!!

  7. Yummy and appealing recipe...

  8. kuzhambu looks so so tempting and tangy flavored da... Love it much with hot rice..

  9. Lemme say this first,I just LOVE to see your clicks,kuzhambu looks delish

  10. Mouthwatering kuzhambu. lovely colour. Love to have it with rice.

  11. Yummy ,authentic kuzhambu and the combo looks inviting

  12. Tangy and Tasty Drum stick curry, thanks for sharing

  13. Tasty & tangy thakkali kulambhu :) yummy dear !!

  14. very well presented...can imagine the comfort of having it with piping hot rice...mouth watering

  15. Looking hot and spicy ..I love this curry

  16. Colour of the kuzhambu itself is just out of the world Manju..

  17. I am drooling for it :)


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