GravyChettinad Karuveppilai Kuzhambu | South Indian kuzhambu recipes

Chettinad Karuveppilai Kuzhambu | South Indian kuzhambu recipes

After all festive food and work, it took little time for me to come back to routine. So today i will be sharing the recipe of Chettinad style Karuveppillai Kuzhambu| Curry leaves kulambu. This authentic South Indian gravy recipe, was passed to me by a reader Ceyizhai Pari, sometime back. so i thought i will try it and post this today. So after the festive food this simple karuveppillai kuzhambu with hot rice and beans curry was totally a bliss for me. Check out my other version of karuvepillai kuzhambu too which i posted long back.

Chettinad Karuveppilai Kuzhambu

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 4-5

     Curry Leaves| Karuvepilai    1/2 cup (loosely packed)
     Shallots| Small onion   15-20
     Garlic      10-15 pods
     Tomato   1
     Sambar powder   4-5 tsp
     Dhaniya powder | Coriander powder    3 tsp
     Fennel seeds or fennel powder   1 tsp
     Sesame Oil     2 tblsp
     Tamarind extract    2 cups
      Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
      Vendayam | methi seeds   1/4 tsp
      Black Pepper    1/4 tsp
      Salt  as needed
      Turmeric powder   1/2 tsp
       Jaggery    1 tsp       

Karuveppilai kuzhambhu


  • Soak lemon sized  tamarind in hot water and take out 2 cups of extract from that.
  • Peel the skin of the onions and garlic.
  • In a pan add oil and add the mustard seeds, black pepper and methi seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add the onions and garlic.

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  • Let this cook in a medium flame till it becomes nice golden brown colour.
  • Grind the curry leaves, tomato, sambar powder, fennel powder and coriander powder into a fine paste. Add little water to this while grinding if needed.

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  • Once the onions and garlic are done add the ground paste to this.
  • Mix this well and add 1/2 cup of water.
  • Cook in a low flame till the raw smell goes. It will take around 10 minutes. Stir in between.

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  • Now add the tamarind extract. Add turmeric powder and salt to this.

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  • Let this boil in a medium low flame till it reaches a kuzhambu consistency and the oil floats on the top.  Add the jaggery and mix well. Switch off the flame.

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  • Serve hot with any curry of your choice or simple papad| appalam will be perfect too.
Curry leaves gravy
  1. Shallots make this gravy very perfect, but if you can’t find it in your place or lazy to peel it, go ahead with finely chopped big onions.
  2. You can add 1 tsp of red chilli powder to this gravy if you need it very spicy.

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  1. I made this kuzhambu for lunch and it came out very well. Instead of adding whole pepper, I added pepper powder after adding the ground paste.


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