Saturday, March 25, 2006

Kara Kulambu

Ingredients needed:
1. Small Onion 6 to 7 sliced.
2. One Tomato chopped
3. Garlic pods 4 to 5
4. Any One vegetable (lady’s finger, brinjal, bitter guard or drumstick)
5. Tamarind Paste 3 tsp or One lemon size. (To dilute in ¾ cup).
6. Hing little.
7. Red Chilli Powder 1 ½ tsp to 2 tsp
8. Coriander Powder 1 ½ tsp to 2 tsp.
9. Sambar Powder ½ tsp.
10.Turmeric powder little

For grinding:
1. Coconut 1 table spoon or coconut milk 1 table spoon. This takes out the extra hot and extra sour out of the dish.
2. ½ tsp Poppy seeds.

For seasoning:
1. Oil 2 table spoons.
2. Mustard seeds ½ tsp
3. Cumin seeds ¼ tsp
4. Fenugreek seeds ¼ tsp
5. Fennel seeds ¼ tsp
6. Urad dal and Channa dal ½ tsp.
7. Curry leaves one string


a. Heat oil in a pan or kadai and season with the above and fry onion and garlic till Golden brown.
b. Now add chopped tomato and fry till it becomes pulp and next goes the vegetables for few minutes (4-5 mins) of frying.
c. Add all powders, mix well and pour tamarind diluted water.
d. Bring it to a boil, till Oil floats on top.
e. Add the grinded Coconut or Coconut Milk and bring it to a boil for few minutes.

Ready -> Tasty and Spicy Kulambu is ready

* This is best enjoyed with Idli or Dosa or Paratha or Plain Rice with Ghee. *


Kitchenmate said...

karakulambu looks so yummy :)long time since i made it. Thanks for this recipe, our recipe dont call for coconut though!

Menu Today said...

Hi Kitchenmate,
Thanks. Hope you sooner make and enjoy this.

Vineela said...

I learnt karakolzhambu from my milaw.
I like it very much.

Menu Today said...

Hi Vineela,
Thanks for the Visit. I picked this one from various sources.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for your recipe.
I have some suggestions or changes with this recipe.

If u want i can share it with you

Menu Today said...

Yes please, post it here or mail to me from my profile.Thanx

Anonymous said...

karakulambu looks really yummy.but i have a small problem ..i dont have popy seeds can i still make this dish..please help

Menu Today said...

You can make this kulambu without poppy seeds too. Try to add few cashew nuts.. Please do let me know the outcome of it..Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hello MT,

This was utterly delicious. I never made kara kulambu with coconut before. how do you grind poppy seeds? I tried both with and without soaking but they just don't seem to blend well when made into a paste. I have the same problem when i make kurma with khus-khus. Please help! Thank you.

Menu Today said...

Hi latha,

Dry roast it and store it. Whenever you want to use this soak in warm water.

Anonymous said...

Lovely kulambu.. Tried it today. Tastes yummy.. but was not thick. Is it becoz of less tomato or more tamarind??

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Raghu said...

I enjoy your blog and this recipe in particular.
But I have to let you know that this particular recipe has been plagiarized by someone else
They have in fact taken your image also. Given that you posted this in 2006 and they in 2009, we know who the original is!
I hope you are reading this and if so, please do the needful!

Anonymous said...

Hi i tried your Karakulambu today and it came out really well. I loved it and it tasted so good when i added a little bit of ghee to the rice. I did not have khus khus so i added 4 or 5 cashew nuts and it tasted great. Thanks once again for this wonderful recipe. I also like your Kadappa and passed this recipe to my mom now she make this recipe everytime she makes idiappam. Thanks for sharing it.

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