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Wednesday, October 7, 2009


We use only naatu karigai for this. I make this often. It has got lots of appreciations from guests also. This is a famous iyengar recipe.


Pooshani(Ash gourd) - 100 gms
Avarakkai(Broad beans) - 50 gms
Parangikai(Pumpkin) - 50 gms.
Kothavarangai (Cluster beans) - 25 gms.
Vazhakkai(Raw banana) - 1
Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
Tamarind - a lemon sized ball
Green chillies - 2
Curry leaves - few
Scraped coconut - 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp.
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp.
Gingelly oil - 2 tablespoons

To powder:

Coriander seeds - 2 tablespoons
Bengal gram - 1 tsp.
Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1 tsp.
Dry red chillies - 2
Pepper - 1/2 tsp.


Pressure cook toor dhal with turmeric , mash well and keep aside.

Extract pulp from the tamarind. Cut ash gourd, pumpkin and raw banana to big cubes. Cut broad beans and cluster beans to finger-long pieces. Slit green chiliies.

In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil and add the items (given in the list" To Powder") till golden brown. When cool, add coconut and powder coarsely in a mixie. Keep aside.

In the same pan, heat the remaining oil , add mustard seeds , slit green chillies and curry leaves. Then add all the vegetables and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add required amount of salt, pour in 1/4 cup of water and cover it with a lid. When half done add the tamarind extract and let it boil till the raw smell of the tamarind goes. Now add the mashed dhal and let it boil for 3 more minutes. Add the ground powder and bring it to a boil. Best with rice.


  1. A very tasty kuzhambu which is popular in our house also.It is our favourite with poritha applam,vadam and also thair pachadi.

  2. Wow... very nutritious too shanthi...

  3. Yummy like to have this with hot rice..

  4. Have bookmarked this ,,will try for sure :)

  5. Such a delicious kuzhambu SHanthi..

  6. This is our famous left over sambar - I make this at home with all the left over veggies! perfect to mix with rice and eat!

  7. எனக்கு ரொம்ப பிடித்த டிஷ்..என் வீட்டில் உள்ளவர்களுக்கு நான் செய்தால் மிகவும் பிடிக்கும் உணவும் இதுதான்..



  8. Nice new receipe for me.Thanks for sharing.

  9. I too love this kuzhambu a lot!


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