Kothamalli Kulambhu

For this week of CCC,when I was looking at my cook book collections this kulambhu caught my attention.I noted down this recipe from a magazine during my last India trip.
I tried this kulambhu for the first time,it came out so delicious and finger licking.The recipe is more like the karevepillai kulambhu prepared in our households but with freshly ground masala.Simple papad and fryum goes very well with this kulambhu,but I paired up with chow chow kootu and egg omlette.Lets move on to the recipe..............................

Basic Information

Preparation Time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking Time ~25 minutes
Serves ~4 (generously)


Shallots (chopped)5-6
Tomato1(medium size)
Garlic/poondu2-3 cloves
Coriander leaves/kothamalli11/2cups (tightly packed)
Tamarind /pulismall lemon size
Curry leaves/karivepillai1 sprig
Salt1 tsp
Oil2-3 tbs
To roast and Grind

Black pepper/milagu1 tsp
Cumin seeds/jeeragam1 tsp
Dried Red chilly/varamilagai4-5
Coriander seeds/dhaniya1 tbs
Toor dhal/thuvaram paruppu1 tsp

For the tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam1/8tsp
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch


  • Dry roast the given ingredients in a medium flame till a ice aroma comes out and becomes golden.After cooling grind it to a bit coarse powder.

  • Heat pan with 2 tsp of oil and saute the onion and garlic follows the tomato.Once the tomato becomes mushy add the coriander leaves and saute it for a minute till it wilts.Put off the flame and grind it to a fine paste.

  • Meanwhile make the tamarind extract and mix the ground spice powder,turmeric powder and salt,keep it aside.
  • Heat the pan with the remaining oil and do the tempering,add the curry leaves.Add the tamarind water and let it boil for 5 minutes in a medium flame.Finally add in the coriander paste,let it boil for another 5 minutes in a medium flame till the oil separates.

  • Kothamalli Kulambhu is ready.


This recipe is off to  Cook Book Challenge #6 March week 4.


i have tasted the thokku version as well as rice version never tasted as such kuzhambu . very nice click.

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Thats a very healthy and flavorful kulambhu Nalini. Thanks for sharing

Colour of the kuzhambu itself is just tempting, definitely a fingerlicking kuzhambu..

Unique and flavourful kuzhambu akka :)

This is so healthy as well Nalini..very lovely pics.

sersly coriander has n number of health benefits n one such kuzhambu like tis s jus awesome..

Such a delicious kulambu.. Lovely clicks.

Coriander is one of my fav herbs! I'm sure the Kuzhambu tasted great, Nalini.

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