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Chettinad Poondu Kuzhambu

Chettinad Poondu Kuzhambu

Chettinad Poondu Kuzhambu is prepared by cooking Garlic cloves in Tamarind gravy and other Indian spices. This spicy gravy is usually served as a side dish to Rice. It can be also served as a side dish to Idly and Dosa. We have tried many vegetarian recipes in Anjappar. I really love Anjappar Poondu Kuzhambu. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing chettinad poondu kuzhambu.

Preparation Time:     10 mins
Cook Time :                20 mins
Ready in :                   30 mins
Yields :                        3 servings 

Chettinad Poondu Kuzhambu

Table 1:
Gingelly Oil
2 tsp
Onion chopped
1/2 Cup
Garlic cloves finely chopped 
1 tsp
Tomato chopped
1/2 Cup
1/4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp
Red chillies

Curry leaves
Lemon size
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Coriander powder
1 tsp
Chilli powder
3 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped
2 stalks

Table 2:
Gingelly Oil                
2 tsp   
Garlic cloves

  • Soak tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes. Squeeze the seeds and fibre to get the tamarind juice. Add salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder,chilli powder and coriander leaves to the Tamarind Juice.

  • Heat Oil ( from table 2) in a pan. Add Garlic cloves and fry till they turn golden colour. Transfer the garlic from the pan to a bowl.

  • Heat Oil in the same pan and add mustard,fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. After a min, add finely chopped garlic, red chillies and onion. Fry till onions turn translucent.

  • Add tomato and fry till tomatoes turn mushy.Add the tamarind juice and allow it to boil. 
  •  Add fried garlic and cook for 5 minutes in medium flame till kuzhambu thickens. Check the salt and remove from stove.

Adjust chilly powder to your taste.


  1. Spicy and yummy gravy Nithya.. Perfect with rice :-)

  2. Hi Nithya,
    Tried this kulumbhu today as per ur instructions ... really came out well... thanks so much

    1. Thanks Janani for your feedback.. Glad you liked my recipe..

  3. Awesome recipes..thank u so much..keep posting..


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