Friday, February 6, 2015

Karuveppilai Kuzhambu - Curry Leaves Kulambu Recipe

Curry Leaves Kuzhambu
Curry Leaves Kuzhambu is a very healthy sidedish that we can make for rice,idli and dosa.My younger cousin once said she made karuveppilai kuzhambu for lunch and it tasted great...So a food blogger should get the recipe right?! Yes I did and had it in a handwritten paper and lost it. So I asked her the recipe again and typed it in my drafts and kept, but had no curry leaves in hand so thought to make it the coming week and the week didn't come at all.

Yesterday I had a bunch of fresh curry leaves so thought to make this kuzhambu and searched it in my drafts....oh no not again I missed it :( I was kind of little hesitant to ask her again but then the urge for making her curry leaves kuzhambu recipe determined me to ask her for the recipe again....I had 2 curry leaves kuzhambu recipes in my cook book too but I strongly felt her recipe would be good to make.So I called her yesterday to ask for the recipe, but good that she forgot that I had already got the recipe from her and lost it till I admitted my mistake....thats good in one way ;)

I made this kuzhambu for lunch and its finger lickingly good with full of curry leaves flavour that have reserved little for having it with idli for dinner as she insisted to taste with tiffin items.Adding jaggery at the final stage sure gave a nice kick to this tangy kuzhambu...And thats the story of curry leaves kuzhambu making :)

Our lunch was Rice, Karuveppilai Kuzhambu, Vazhakkai Podimas and Vadam
Curry Leaves Kuzhambu

Curry Leaves Kulambu Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Tamarind - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Small Onion - 1/4 cup
Jaggery Syrup - 1 tsp(optional)
Water - as needed
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Gingelly Oil - 1.5 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Split Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp

To roast and grind:

Curry leaves - 1 cup tightly packed
Garlic - 4
Ginger - 1/4 inch piece
Red chilli - 3
Green chilli - 1
Tamarind - 1 tsp
Coconut - 2 heaped tbsp


  1. Rinse curry leaves , strain and set aside.In a pan add 1/2 tsp oil add red chillies,garlic,green chilli and ginger roast for 3mins then add tamarind and coconut.How to make Curry Leaves Kuzhambu - Step1
  2. Roast it till coconut is slightly golden, then add curry leaves and saute for minute.
    How to make Curry Leaves Kuzhambu - Step2
  3. Roast till curry leaves turn slightly brown.Cool down and transfer it to a mixer.Add little water and grind it to a semi fine paste.Set aside.
    How to make Curry Leaves Kuzhambu - Step3
  4. Take a tbsp of tamarind and mix it well with 1/3 cup water and extract the pulp,Set aside. Heat oil add mustard and urad dal and let it splutter.Then add small onion and fry till transparent.
    How to make Curry Leaves Kuzhambu - Step4
  5. Add the curry leaves masala paste and saute till raw smell leaves and oil separates, this will take atleast 3-5mins.Then strain and add tamarind water.
    How to make Curry Leaves Kuzhambu - Step5
  6. Then add coriander powder,required salt and boil for 5mins.When it starts to thicken add water,simmer and let it boil. for a good 5-7mins.
    How to make Curry Leaves Kuzhambu - Step6
  7. Once the color changes to little mild green and oil starts seperating, add jaggery syrup and switch off.
    How to make Curry Leaves Kuzhambu - Step7
Goes well with rice, idli and dosa.

Karuveppilai Kuzhambu

My Notes:

  • This kuzhambu should be slightly thick in consistency not too runny.
  • Oil should float on top so don't reduce oil than the mentioned amount.
  • Don't let the coconut change its color while roasting.
  • You can refrigerate, reheat and use it.This kuzhambu keeps well for 3-4 days.Actually this kuzhambu tastes best the next day I guess :)
  • The orginal recipe called for 4 red chillies and 3 green chillies, I reduced it we like it a less spicy.
  • The kuzhambu needs to boil well only then the raw smell of curry leaves will go.
  • You can replace coriander powder with sambar powder too.
  • It tastes best after resting a while.
  • It goes well for idlis and dosas too.We had it with hot rice and vadam.
  • I used my manchatti kadai for making this kuzhambu as amma always insists to make any tamarind based gravies in it as it tastes best.You can use a normal pan too.
Karuveppilai Kuzhambu

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. nearby supermaket they give lot of curry leaf freely i dont knw wat to this receipe makes me to do

  2. but one doubt sharmi adding tamarind while grinding and in gravy wont make the gravy tangy

    1. No the measures are less only so it will be compensated by the masala paste.....

    2. Hi ,
      i am sree. I follow almost all your recipes. Do you use man satti in gas stove ? Does it cook well?

    3. Yes yes it cooks well and the curry made in mansatti tastes great!

  3. can't wait to try it....looks so so tempting :)

  4. Tried this.... tasted awesome.pakka measurements

  5. I tried this n all at home including my 20 month old lil gal loved it..,Thanks f
    or the awesome recipe

  6. I tried it and came out well .. Thanks

  7. Got bunch of curry leaves from native. I prepared this recipe. Liked a lot..

  8. Super healthy recipe. Actually I came back to your site for this recipe as I had it a long time ago, and couldn't find the recipe in recipe index. Could please update your recipe index as and when you add new recipes. So it will be easy for any one who is looking for something to cook. Thanks


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