Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pongal Kuzhambu Recipe (Pongal Puli Curry)

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I was waiting to post this pongal kuzhambu recipe, we call it puli curry, it is a side dish for pongal and this year got some time to click. It is the best combination with both sweet and milk pongal. Amma says its a custom to add 5 types of country veggies and it can be to our own liking but we add the veggies given below mostly.

This is a semi gravy kind of dish, it gets thick on cooling down but perfect as sidedish for sweet and salt pongal.This is ammas recipe so here I am giving you the recipe for Pongal Kuzhambu / Pongal Puli Curry.

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Pongal Kuzhambu Recipe

Preparation Time:10 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins / dosa | Serves:3
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Pumpkin(Parangikai) - 1/2 cup cubed
Potato - 1 small
Raw Banana - 1/2 cubed
Chinese Potato(Koorka kilangu) - 5 whole
Broad beans(Avarai) - 5 whole
Field beans(Mochai) - 1/4 cup
Sweet potato(Sakarai valli kilangu) - 1
Small onion - 10
Tomato - 2 chopped
Garlic - 5
Tamarind - 1/4 cup tightly packed
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Salt - for taste

To Temper:

Fennel Seeds / Cumin(Jeera) - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few


  1. Get your vegetables ready.Pressure cook mochai for 3-4 whistles.Add tamarind in warm water and set aside.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step1
  2. Pressure cook chinese potato,sweet potato and potato for 4 whistles, peel off the skin and cube them, my chinese potatoes were small so didn't cut them.Chop raw banana,pumpkin into bite sized peices, cut each broad beans into 2 to 3.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step2
  3. Heat oil in a pan - add fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves let it temper then add onion, garlic and tomato and saute well. Saute till tomatoes turn mushy.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step3
  4. Then add broad beans, saute for few mins add water and cook it.When its half done add pumpkin and raw banana along with red chilli powder and coriander powder.Add required salt.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step3
  5. Add little more water and cook covered.When veggies are cooked, add tamarind water.Bring to a boil.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step3
  6. Now add all the potato varieties, let it boil for a good 5mins, if it becomes thick add little more water,finally add field beans and give it a boil and switch off.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step3
Serve with pongal.

My Notes:

  • We usually add 5 or 7 veggies for this pongal kuzhambu as a custom and the choice of veggies can be anything we like. 
  • Adding jaggery is also optional but I recommend it as the tangy tastes compliments well with the mild sweetness.
  • You can even add 1/4 cup cooked toor dal, it is optional but gives more gravy and compensates tanginess. But if you prefer to store it for more than a day then skip toor dal.
Pongal Puli Curry

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Happy Pongal Sharmi! Your version of pongal puli curry sounds so yumm,looks more tempting too...well presented!!

  2. This is such a awesome recipe..Thanks for posting


  3. Happy Pongal to you. Even I have posted the same pongal kuzhambhu for this pongal, though the recipe is little different the concept is the same as you have mentioned :)

  4. The puli curry looks delicious.! I am hosting my first blog event plus giveaway – Valentines Special. Do check it out and be a part of it. Would be great..!

  5. happy Pongal :)) This curry looks amazing!!!

  6. looks nice recipe...Happy Pongal sharmilee

  7. We do make it almost the same way,but with moong dhal...Puli curry looks yummy and delicious.

  8. THis is new to me. we make kootu but dont add onions. will try this version soon..:)Nice clicks as always :)

  9. pongal curry looks delicious !!! Happy Pongal :)

  10. i would have this cuury now with some rice...looks very very tempting....simply love it...looks great..will try out soon.Why is that Mochai and the cooked beans look green in colour when u added them to the curry??? Should i pre soak the broad beans and the mochai before pressure cooking it?

    1. It is fresh beans so no need to soak just pressure cooking is enough...As its fresh beans its green in colour eventhough its pressure cooked :)

  11. Looks yummy, love it with paal pongal,my fav..

  12. Hope you had a fab pongal. Curry looks so yummy Sharmi, drooling here. Loved that serving bowl too :)

  13. Hope you had a wonderful pongal..Pongal kuzhambu looks so homey and inviting. Never added sweet potato in it. Will try doing it..

  14. Happy Pongal to you too Sharmi. I tried this dish last night and it turned out to be super delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Belated Pongal wishes dear...puli curry looks delicious..

  16. Looks mouthwatering. all the veggies should be adding a great flavor indeed. We make kootu usually. I love mix veg curry.

  17. Happy New year and Pongal Sharmi,love this curry...luks delicious.

  18. OMG mouthwaterig recipe and looks so tempting

  19. This is completely new to me sharmi. will definitely try out and let you know. for me its the usual puli gojju, pottu kadalai chutney, and peanut chutney with ven pongal.

  20. We never made this curry at home, but tasted from my neighb. Should be tasty with paal pongal :)
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  21. Hi.tis is a very nice recipe, i am planning to try out this recipe 2mrw. Could you plz tell me what is vadagam and is it compulsory to put swt potato in the curry ???

  22. @Vidya : Its a dried item used specifically for tempering....Just ignore it, if you dont have it and proceed. Vegetables is of your choice, sweet potato will give a slight sweet taste to the curry...

  23. Mouthwatering.............i have tried most of your recipe's
    can you post hot and sour soup recipe........


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