Monday, September 17, 2012

Milagu Kuzhambu / Pepper Curry

My mom is an expert in preparing medicional valued dishes.The list goes like this, sukku kuzhambu,karuveppilai kuzhambu, milagu kuzhambu .... I will always say no to these curries in my early ages,but as time passes, we come to know the importance of  home remedies. Sukku kuzhambu, karuveppilai kuzhambu are prepared at homes to enhance digestion . Milagu kuzhambu is a very good curry ,to increase the appetite in your body. Here the spices are roasted ,grounded finely and added to the curry. Mom prepared this curry,when she came for my delivery. This curry is very good for breastfeeding moms and post surgery patients.Because ,pepper  heals the wound gradually. My H enjoyed this curry. Best accompaniment for this curry is sutta appalam .


For roasting:
1.Black pepper              -             1 tbsp
2.Red chillies                  -              4 to 5
3.Toor dal                       -             1/2 tbsp
4.Coriander seeds           -             1/2 tsp

For the curry:
1.Onion                           -            1/2
2.Garlic pods                   -            3 to 4
3.Sambar pwdr                -            1 tsp
4.Turmeric pwdr               -            1/2 tsp
5.Tamarind water              -             1/2 cup ( or as needed)
6.Salt                                -             to taste

For tempering:
1.Mustard seeds               -             1/2 tsp
2.Cumin seeds                  -              1/2 tsp
3.Methi seeds                   -              1/4 tsp
4.Curry leaves                   -             a handfull
5.Oil                                  -              2 tbsp


Roasting and grinding:
* Take a pan, dry roast the pepper,toor dal,criander seeds and red chillies.
* Cool the mixture completely.
* Grind the spices to a fine powder.

Preparing the curry:
* Chop the onion finely.
* Strain the tamarind water and keep it ready.
* Take a pan add oil and splutter with mustard,cumin and methi seeds.
* Add curry leaves,onion and garlic pods.
* Let these cook well.
* When  the onion turns translucent,add turmeric powder and sambar powder.
* Let the raw smell goes off.
* Now add the tamarind water and bring it to boil.
* At last ,add the grinded spices to your taste  and give it a stir.
* Adjust salt to taste.
* Cover and cook in low heat,till the curry oozes out oil.
* Serve with pappad.

* Add the masala according to your taste.
* We can also add jaggery at the end,but it is purely optional.
* If you dont have sambar powder,just add chilli powder according to your taste.


Nisa Homey said...

Love to have this yummy curry...

Srividhya Ravikumar said...

my fav kuzhambu... looks yum..

Perspectivemedley said...

Oh wow looks yummiiee :)).. devour-able!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious preparation...yum..

Saraswathi Ganeshan said...

Delicious and easy too make..Love the flavour and spicy..

Vimitha Durai said...

Very healthy and delicious curry

Unknown said...

Spicy and yummy curry.

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Unknown said...

Delicious and very healthy kuzhambu...

Priya Suresh said...

Slurp,mouthwatering here..Prefect food for chilled weather.

Unknown said...

yummy and tempting..

Prathima Rao said...

A nice, warming, delicious curry...
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Unknown said...

Is this a spicy dish?

divya said...

I am drooling here seeing your picture..Very appealing..

great-secret-of-life said...

looks so yummy favourite

Priya Sreeram said...

hey savita hope u r doing good and how is the lil one. I love this preparation as it is not only a nurturing mom's food but it also great for the system as a whole . nice pics

Shanavi said...

Amma also makes this curry but I don't care a damn to ask it but now ur curry is really really tempting me to make it imme.. Slurp

Suja Manoj said...

Spicy kulambu,awesome.

Menaga Sathia said...

Love the spicy n flavourful kuzhambu!!

KrithisKitchen said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe Savitha!

Unknown said...

wow this is one of my luv the recipe and presentation too

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Julie said...

wow..mouthwatering,hot & spicy!
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Laura said...

This looks delicious--is it basically all seasoning? Does it have dal in it somewhere that I missed?

Unknown said...

Priya Sreeram,
Thanks yar,yeah all are fine.
Suman Arthy,
Yes it is spicy dish.but u can alter the spiceness,according to ur taste.

Unknown said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks for visiting my space.
Actually,this curry is a tamarind based curry.So dal is just roasted ,grinded and added to the curry in a small measure.The onion and tamarind juice gives the thick consistancy. hope I answered your question.If not shoot it ,will answer to u.

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