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Garlic (Poondu) Kuzhambu / Garlic Curry / Vegetarian kulambu recipes

Garlic (Poondu) Kuzhambu / Garlic Curry / Vegetarian kulambu recipes

Garlic (Poondu) Kuzhambu is one among the healthiest and tastiest vegetarian Indian curries. Garlic (Poondu) Kuzhambu can be prepared in bulks, stored in an air-tight container and it stays fresh for months’ time. Garlic (Poondu) Kuzhambu is commonly known as Poondu Kulambu in Tamil Nadu. Garlic (Poondu) Kuzhambu goes out well with steamed rice and appalam/pappad. I have used large quantity of small onions / pearl onions / shallots for this curry, you can also substitute this with regular onions, but the small onions give wonderful taste (sweet). More the onions more the taste would be enhanced.

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Garlic (Poondu) Kuzhambu / Garlic Curry / Vegetarian kulambu recipes

Garlic (Poondu) Kuzhambu has sweet, tangy and spicy taste with the thick gravy texture. As the days keeps on extending the curry tastes more and more yum. I have used garlic which has a single clove, you can use the regular garlic, also I have used the garlic without chopping, you can even chop and use them. But I would strongly recommend of using garlic without chopping, so that it has little chewy texture. I have used sesame oil, as sesame oil adds more flavor and helps in staying fresh for long time, you can use half and half – sesame oil and any cooking oil.

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Health benefits of Garlic (Poondu) kuzhambu: It is very healthy, as garlic helps in relieving indigestion, acidity and so on. It is given after pregnancy and also for lactating mothers, but here the amount of tamarind pulp is reduced little than the usual preparation. Give a try and share your feedback with us…

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Garlic (Poondu) Kuzhambu / Vegetarian kulambu recipes

Ingredients:

  • Garlic / பூண்டு – 200 gms
  • Pearl Onions / Small Onions / சின்ன வெங்காயம்– 400 gms
  • Mustard seeds / கடுகு– ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds / சீரகம் – ¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek / Methi seeds / வெந்தயம் – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves / கறிவேப்பிலை – 2 sprigs
  • Tamarind / புளி – a big lemon size ball
  • Turmeric powder / மஞ்சள் தூள் – ¼ tsp
  • Chilli powder / மிளகாய் தூள் – 2 tsp
  • Cumin powder / சீரகதூள் – 3 tsp
  • Salt / உப்பு – 1 ¼ tsp
  • Sesame oil / நல்லெண்ணெய் – 3 tbsp

Making of Poondu Kuzhambu / Garlic Curry recipe –

 

Preparation:

  • Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 20 mins, Prepare Tamarind Extract and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions, keep it aside.
  • Peel garlic and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai or heavy bottomed vessel, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add the finely chopped onions and cook until the onions turn transparent.
  • Add the garlic and cook until the garlic start turning golden brown in color.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and salt, mix it well and cook until the raw smell of the masala goes off.
  • Pour in the tamarind extract along with another half cup of water, mix it well, cover and cook until the garlic becomes soft and tender.
  • Remove the lid, cook in low flame for few mins or until the oil starts floating on the top of the curry.
  • Remove it from fire.

Serve hot with steamed rice and appalam/pappad for lunch.

Note: Make sure to bring it to room temperature, transfer it an air-tight container and refrigerate, so that it stays fresh for months’ time. During the time of use, take out only the required quantity of the curry, and store the back the leftover in the refrigerator.

 

 

Omavalli Rasam / Karpooravalli Rasam / How to make rasam

Omavalli Rasam / Karpooravalli Rasam / How to make rasam

Omavalli (Karpooravalli) Rasam is very good health, perfect for winter as Omavalli (Karpooravalli)helps in relieving sore throat, cold. Omavalli Rasam is a commonly prepared variety of rasam in most of the Tamil households. Karpooravalli Rasam can be served with steamed rice or it can be taken as such like a drink.

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Omavalli (Karpooravalli) Rasam recipe

Omavalli (Karpooravalli) is known as Big thyme or Mexican mint in English, Doddapatre in Kannanda, Pani Koorka in Malayalam and Ajwain in Hindi. This Karpooravalli plant grows easily and they are seen commonly in most of the houses of south India. A small stalk inserted in the soil, grows out to a beautiful plant. 

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Omavalli (Karpooravalli) Rasam recipe

Omavalli (Karpooravalli) Rasam recipe

Health benefits of Omavalli (Karpooravalli) Rasam :

This omavalli or karpooravalli can be consumed raw which cures cold, cough, throat infection. Also, this helps in digestion and relieves constipation during winters.

Since I have very 2 omavalli plants at home, thought of preparing Omavalli rasam which helps us getting relieved from cold. Give a try, perfect for this winter…

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Ingredients:

  • Tamarind / புளி – a lemon size
  • Karpooravalli / Omavalli Leaves ஓமவல்லி  – 8 nos (big ones)
  • Tomato / தக்காளி – 1 no
  • Cumin seeds / சீரகம் – 1 ¼ tsp
  • Black pepper / மிளகு – 1 tsp
  • Red chillies / காய்ந்த மிளகாய் – 3 nos
  • Fenugreek / Methi seeds வெந்தயம் – ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing / பெருங்காயம் – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves / கறிவேப்பிலை-  a sprig
  • Garlic / பூண்டு – 3 cloves
  • Oil / எண்ணெய் – 1 ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds / கடுகு– ¼ tsp
  • Salt / உப்பு – 1 tsp

Preparation:

  • Soak tamarind in 3 cups of water for 20 mins, squeeze the tamarind well along with the water using hands and discard the flesh, keep it aside.
  • Mash the tomatoes into the tamarind extract and keep it aside.
  • Clean the karpooravalli leaves and keep it aside.
  • Coarsely grind or crush 1 tsp of cumin seeds, black pepper and garlic and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom vessel, add mustard seeds, ¼ tsp of cumin seeds, fenugreek, curry leaves and tear the red chillies, add to it and wait until they crackle.
  • Add in the crushed ingredients (cumin, pepper, garlic) and saute for a min.
  • Pour in the tamarind – tomato extract along with the crushed omavalli / karpooravalli leaves and let it boil.
  • Sprinkle asafetida and remove it from fire.
  • Add salt to a bowl, and pour the rasam to it, give a stir and let it rest for 5 mins.

Serve hot with steamed rice. Goes out well for lunch and dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athalakkai Kulambu Recipe / Tangy Athalakkai Curry Recipe / Athalakkai Recipes

Athalakkai Kulambu Recipe / Tangy Athalakkai Curry Recipe / Athalakkai Recipes

Athalakkai is an Indian vegetable, found in all parts of south India during winter. It looks like baby bitter gourd, also it has the same bitter taste but crunchy due to the seeds in it. This is a medicinal vegetable, which helps in weight loss, prevents diabetics and helps maintains the blood sugar level.

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Athalakkai / Athalakka

My mom prepares curry, stir-fry/poriyal using this Athalakkai, but I never eat them due to the bitter taste, but now after my husband diagnosed with diabetics, I purposely got this from my home town “Thoothukudi” and prepared this curry for him.

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Athalakkai Kulambu recipe / Athalakkai pulikuzhambu recipe / Athalakkai recipes

Athalakkai Kulambu is simple to prepare, the tanginess in the curry reduces the bitter taste of Athalakkai, also I prefer using Gingelly/Sesame oil to bring the bitterness down. This curry goes out well with steamed rice and appalam / pappad or steamed rice and omelette. Also, it goes out well with dosa. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Athalakkai – 1 cup
  • Onions – 2 nos
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Tamarind – a lemon (medium) size
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic and tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 10 mins, mash the tamarind well in the water, discard the flesh and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the mustard, cumin and fenugreek seeds followed by curry leaves and wait until they crackle.
  • Add the onions, garlic pieces and cook until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn pulpy.
  • Add the athalakkai, followed by turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and salt.
  • Cook for few mins or until the raw smell of the masala goes off.
  • Pour the tamarind extract along with a cup of water, bring it to boil, cover and cook until athalakkai becomes soft and tender.
  • Once cooked, remove the lid and cook in low flame until the curry thickens and the oil floats on the top of the curry.

Serve hot with steamed rice and pappad or steamed rice and omelette.