• Garlic - 1/2 cup, sliced lengthwise
  • Onion - 1/2 cup, chopped lengthwise
  • Tomatoes - 1/2 cup chopped
  • Tamarind - lemon size
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
  • Cummin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as required
  • Oil - 1/4 cup (Gingelly oil)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Onion Vadagams - about 10-12, fried
How to make it:

Take pulp out of tamarind. Add sambar powder, chilli powder and asafoetida powder to the pulp. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add the urad dhal, cummin seeds and fenugreek seeds. Add the onions and garlic and cook until light brown. Add the tomatoes and cook until tomatoes become soft. Add the prepared pulp, salt and sugar and bring it to a boil. Keep in a low flame and let it boil until it becomes thick and oil separates. Add the curry leaves and fried onion vadagams (sun-dried onion mix with spices). Serve hot with rice, idli or dosa.

I'm sending this to Srimathi for her RCI: Chettinadu Vegetarian Cuisine.

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22 Responses
  1. FH Says:

    Beautiful dish, love the photo. I made a few Chettinad dishes too, loved them, will post for RCI! :))

  2. Anonymous Says:

    love the recipe anu

  3. Thanks for sending in your recipe Anu. I love poondu kozhambu my friend kavitha used to make it for us.

  4. I love different versions of chettinad poondu kuzambu.. sometimes I add jaggery, is that an authentic chettinad kuzambu?

  5. Cham Says:

    Karai Kuzhambu is very traditionnal, looks tasty!

  6. Finla Says:

    I am not that used the chettinad dishes. I havve heard they are really spicy.
    This looks so yumm delicius.

  7. lovely..never tried is this cusine different from rest of the southern cuisine.?

  8. Mrs.Kannan Says:

    I love all kind of chettinad recipes especially Poondu kuzhambu..I too have a post in my draft milagu poondu kuzhambu...but i do in a different way...lovely entry Anu.

  9. Raks Says:

    Looks mouthwatering Anu! I love poondu kuzhambu,this one is little new to me,thanks for sharing!
    I am expecting ur entry for the event i am hosting....try to send something:)

  10. Malar Gandhi Says:

    Wonderful curry...must have been aromatic too...

  11. Priya Suresh Says:

    Delicious Kara kuzhambu..just drooling here..

  12. Premyscakes Says:

    chettinad dishes are my all time fav. But never tried chettinad poondu kolumbu. will definitely give a try.

  13. Hey Anu, my hubby is from Chettinad, Karaikudi and he always ask for this...I didn't get the exact recipie but today got it..Am jumping with you..Thanks dear..

  14. Vibaas Says:

    Looks yum. i love those onion vadams. didn't know we could use in kuzhambu. nice idea.

  15. Rajani Says:

    wow looks very tasty!! what are onion vadagams?? you have a recipe for that?

  16. Beautiful dish,good job u r doing.

  17. Rathna Says:

    Hi Anu,
    First time here to your blog, It's lovely.
    I've started an event at my blog. Please visit and participate if you are interested :-)

  18. vidhas Says:

    Lovely Kulambhu. Using vadams in kulambhu great idea.

  19. AnuSriram Says:

    Thank you all for your valuable comments...

    Gita.. yes! it is...

    Navita, Chettinadu cuisines are the spicy ones. Most of the recipes call for gingelly oil, garlic, onions and fennel seeds. There is something special about the chettinad masala- the lovely aroma!
    Raks kitchen, Thanks for the invite.. will try to come up with a recipe.
    Rajani, onion vadagams are made by mixing chopped small onions with flour and spices and sun-dried. They make a crispy crunchy snack when fried.
    Rathna, Thanks for dropping by.. will surely visit your blog and participate. Thanks for inviting!

  20. Great idea ...I do tht too.. nice click dear :)

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Anu,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    You have a lovely blog with amazing pictures which invite my tastebuds. Esp. poondu kulambu sounds soooo yummy, I can even smell it when I see the picture!!
    Great entry for RCI.


  22. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you for the receipe. Please post them in and invite more readers to your blog. It is a tamil social bookmarking website and it has a separate receipecorner for receipes. For easy posting of your articles with once click of a button please visit