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.

Updated pictures as on 15th Jan 2015

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Pongal Kuzhambu Recipe

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

Pumpkin(Parangikai) - 1/2 cup
Potato - 1/2 cup
Broad beans(Avarai) - 1/2 cup
Field beans(Mochai) - 1/2 cup
Sweet potato(Sakarai valli kilangu) - 1 cut into cubes
Small onion - 8 to 10 halved
Tomato - 2 chopped
Garlic - 8 to 10 flakes
Tamarind - 1/4 cup tightly packed
Jaggery - 1/2 tbsp (optional)
Toor Dhal - little less than 1/4 cup (Pressure cooked until mushy)
Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Salt - for taste

To Temper
Cumin(Jeera) - 1 tsp
Vadagam (for tempering) - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few


  1. Pressure cook toor dhal until mushy, keep aside. Add tamarind in warm water and take pulp, set aside. Pressure cook field beans for 3 whistles and keep aside.Heat oil in a pan - add jeera, vadagam and curry leaves let it temper then add onion, garlic and tomato and saute well. Then add broadbeans, potato and sweet potato saute for 2mins. Then add red chilli powder, coriander powder and required salt. Then add water till immersing level.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step1
  2. Once the veggies are cooked then add pumpkin(as it gets cooked faster add it after the other veggies get cooked). Then add little more water if required for pumpkin to get cooked. Once all the veggies turn soft, add mashed toor dhal, jaggery and mix well.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step2
  3. Add 1/4 cup tamarind to 1 cup water and extract tamarind pulp, add it at this stage. Give it a boil then add cooked mochai and allow it to get thicker. Once the veggies are nicely blended with the gravy and is semi thick switch off.
    Pongal Puli Curry Recipe Step3
Your dosa is ready! Serve with idli podi / any chutney of your choice.
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My Notes:

  • We usually add 5 veggies for this pongal kuzhambu as a custom and the choice of veggies can be anything we like. But make sure to add the veggies according to the fastness each veggie gets cooked. 
  • Adding jaggery is also optional but I recommend it as the tangy tastes compliments well with the mild sweetness.
  • Amma says adding toor dal 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.

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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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