Friday, April 5, 2013

Poondu Milagu Kuzhambu | Garlic Pepper Curry

A healthy savory vegetarian curry flavored with  garlic, pepper and tamarind. This is one of my favorite recipes of my Mom. I usually make it when I am bored of making sambhar and masala curries. 

"Poondu Milagu Kuzhambu" has many benefits. It helps to relieve nausea, stomach pain or indigestion. It is also given to lactating mothers.


Ingredients

1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 pod Garlic, peeled
5 Curry leaves
1 dry Red Chili (optional)
1 Onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
1 tsp Jaggery (optional)
Tamarind, (lemon sized)
1 cup Rice
2 tsp Ghee
Salt

For spice powder
2 tsp Rice
2 tsp Toor Dal
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Methi seeds | Fenugreek seeds
5-6 Curry Leaves

Method

  • For spice mix-  in a pan dry roast all the ingredients listed in spice mix. After it has cooled, make a fine powder of spice mix


  • In a pot, heat a cup of water and add tamarind. Simmer for 10 minutes. After it has cooled, mash it by hand to extract pulp. Add water if required. Strain the pulp using a filter or by hand and discard contents in filter. Retain the pulp

  • In a pot, wash rice with water and discard the water. Now, add some more water and wash the rice. Retain the water which will be used as rice stalk

  • In a heavy bottom vessel, heat ghee, add mustard seeds, when it starts to crackle , add cumin seeds, curry leaves,  dry red chili and garlic. Fry for a minute. 

  • Add onions. Fry until it turns transparent. Add Turmeric powder, chili powder, and coriander powder. 

  • Add Tamarind pulp and spice powder. Simmer for 2-3 minutes
  • Add rice stalk and jaggery. adjust salt as per taste. Simmer for 10 minutes

  • Serve hot with steamed rice, ghee and omlet (optional)
 Tip-
  • Tamarind pulp can be prepared in advance. If there is excess tamarind pulp, store in refrigerator in an air tight container
  • The discarded contents while extracting tamarind pulp can be used to wash copper or bronze showpieces or utensils. Scrubbing tamarind on a copper dish helps to retain its luster

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