October 23, 2011

Kariveppilai Kuzhambu

This is one of the traditional recipes of the Tamil households.  Usually it is prepared in little large quantities that will last for a week.  I really love having this during cold wintery days to get the heat from the pepper.  This time I prepared this based on the recipe given by my aunt.

12-15 medium size sprigs of curry leaves
big lemon sized tamarind ball
2 tsp black pepper
4 long red chillies
2 tsp urad dal
tiny ginger piece

Take two spoons of oil and roast the urad dal and the red chillies without burning them.  Lower the heat and add the black pepper, curry leaves and the tamarind pieces and saute it lightly.   Add the ginger as well.   Take all this and grind everything to a smooth paste with salt and 1/2 tsp of brown sugar.  Use about 4 cups of water.

Take a pan with 3-4 tbsp of oil, season mustard and add the paste.  Let all this cook nicely till the kuzhambu reduces in quantity by one cup by which time you will also get a nice aroma.

Enjoy with some steaming hot rice with few drops of ghee!!!


  1. yumm sounds really delicious, can't wait to try it.

  2. Super flavourful kuzhambu..love it very much.