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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


This kozhambu is done on PONGAL festival as a side dish for Vennpongal . It is actually Pongal Kuzhambu, coloquially told as pongakkozhambhu. This is slightly watery with lots of vegetables in it. This recipe slightly varies from the normal kuzhambhu and it has its own aroma with the country vegetables available during the season. This is my grandma's and mom's version.


  • Tamarind - lemon size
  • Mixed green vegetables, preferably country vegetables - 2 cups (Any vegetable can be used)
  • Toor dhal - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
  • Urad dhal - 1 tsp.
  • Jeera - 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
  • Sambhar powder - 1 1/2 tsp.
  • Green chillies - 3
  • Hing
  • Curry leaves - few


  1. Soak tamarind in lukewarm water, squeeze, filter and keep aside.
  2. Pressure cook toor dhal with a pinch of turmeric powder. 
  3. Chop all the vegetables to big pieces.
  4. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds. 
  5. When it splutters, add urad dal, turmeric powder, green chillies, curry leaves and hing. 
  6. When golden brown, add jeera, saute for 5 - 10 seconds, add all the vegetables and saute for 5 minutes. 
  7. Now add the tamarind water, sambhar powder, salt and mashed toor dhal. 
  8. Allow it to boil till tamarind diffuses its raw smell. Serve hot with pongal.


  1. Next time i'll try this for pongal ..looks yummm.Thanks for the recipe !!

  2. Nice dish Shanti...my grandma makes this kozumbu often :)

  3. Nice dish... perfect with ven pongal...

  4. I am bookmarking this recipe so that I could try it when I make pongal next time.....

  5. I always wonder what's the best side dish for Pongal - and end up making coconut chutney and kathirikkai gojju. I have to try this next time - looks very good! Thanks Shanthi Maami!

  6. Yumm yumm.. I like this one a lot. :) It is so nice to get nostalgic abt Pongal festival. Your recipe reminds me the dish and I am drooling for Pongal and this sambar.. Just told Latha Raj aunty too. She has posted a different version of pongal kolambu today :)

  7. Prefect combo with pongal..delicious!

  8. Very nice shanti..excellent recipe!

  9. Try it and tell everybody and Thank you all.

  10. It looks appetizing! Thank you for sharing your recipe with It's a Vegan World.

  11. Yumm...thanks for the traditional recipe

  12. Yummy!! Darling, a girl can get thick around the waist simply by visiting your delicious blog!! Have a sweet and lovely weekend.

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