Masala Kuzhambhu

This is a spicy,tangy and flavorful kuzhambhu which is my grand mother signature recipe.She used to make this one with the fresh field beans(mochai) and drumstick,used the stone  grinder(ammi) to grind the coconut.Since I don't get the fresh field beans here,made it with chick peas  and goes very well with rice as well as idly,dosa.Now on to the recipe....


Chick peas/white channa1cup(cooked)
Onion1no.(medium size)
Tomato2nos.(medium size)
Garlic 3 pods
Drumstick 1no.
Red Chilly powder11/4tsp
Coriander powder21/2tsp
Turmeric powder1/8tsp
Tamarind paste 3/4tsp diluted in 1/4 cup of water
Saltto taste
Fennel seeds1/2tsp
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
Star anise 1no.
Curry leaves1sprig
Coriander leavesto garnish

To grind
Fennel seeds1/2tsp
Poppy seeds(kasakasa)1/2tsp
Ginger a small piece


                                   Chop the onion,garlic and tomatoes to fine pieces,cut the drumstick to 2 inch pieces.Cook the chick peas in the pressure cooker with a pinch of salt.Grind the ingredients given to fine paste and keep aside.
Heat the pan with the oil,crackle the fennel seeds,cloves and cinnamon,add the onion,garlic,curry leaves.Saute till the onion becomes transparent.Once the onion is done add the tomato and cook until mushy.
Now add the drumstick pieces and saute it,then add the powders and fry it for a while and add 1/2 cup of water.Let it cook till the drumstick gets cooked and tender.
Add the tamarind and let it cook till the raw smell goes off.Add the ground paste and 1/2 cup of water,cook it for another 5-7 mins.Now add the cooked chick peas and allow it to cook for one boil.Finally add the coriander leaves and turn off the stove.
Masala Kuzhambhu is ready.Serve it with rice or idly,dosa.

  • The consistency can be adjusted according to the preference,I make it thick for rice whereas for  dosa  bit watery.
  • If the tomatoes are sour enough then no need of tamarind paste.
  • Other veggies such as brinjal,radish,potato can also be used.
  • Instead of grinding the ginger and garlic with the coconut,a tsp of ginger&garlic paste can also be used.


kuzhambu looks yumm! Channa-Drumstick combination..nice! :)

Looks really yummy, love the combo with the carrot poriyal, very nice clicks..

Very delicious kuzhambu..Never tried this way,new to me!!

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Wow..spicy kulambu for rice!!Nice pics :)

Delicious kuzhambhu...looks very yum...Lovely clicks..

Very delicious one !! well presented and great clicks !!

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Kuzhambu looks delicious Nalini

very flavourful and delicious curry, nice clicks dear..

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Wow flavourful and yummy kuzhambu..looks perfect

So tempting and delicious...

Bookmarked am a big fan of this one.. my mom makes it .. but still hv not tried it.. will try it soon looks so yumm

flavorful kuzhambhu and beautiful clicks

I like Chana n Brinjal combo,yours with drumstick sounds so yum...nice preparation,looks tempting !

yummy kuzhamb......luks so tempting...

Yummy kulambu...luv the perfect click..

Wow..wat a spicy n hot kulambu.good combo vth rice!!Nice pics :)

Kuzhambu looks really yummy...what a treat...

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The dish looks amazing!! You've perfectly done too!!!!

Very tempting recipe immediately i try this please help me give the onion and tomotto in grams

Onion and tomotto in grams or cup measure

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