Vellapoondu Vengaya Puli Kulambhu/Vengaya Kara Kulambhu/Shallots and Garlic in a Tangy tamarind Sauce/Simple Lunch Menu

Coming to day 2 of Blogging Marathon#61 under the theme Meal Ideas is a kulambhu recipe with shallots and garlic.
Kara kulambhu can be made in so many ways,but this one is with no veggies.Using shallots and garlic makes this kulmabhu finger licking.Sambar powder gives an added flavor to this kulambhu.This recipe I noted down from my aunt's family cook and wanted try since long.Finally I made it for this theme and in the original recipe no tomato is used,but I used a small tomato.
As we prefer simple and comforting meals I paired up the kulambhu with rice,vendaikkai(okra
) poriyal and keerai(spinach) masiyal,appalam along with tomato rasam.It was so filling and a comforting lunch for a rainy afternoon.Off to the recipe...

                                           Vellapoondu Vengaya Puli Kulambhu

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30 minutes
   Serves ~ 4(generously)


Shallots/chinna vengayam
12-15 cloves
a big gooseberry size
1.5 tsp
Curry leaves /karivepillai
few leaves
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds/kadugu
1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam
1/8 tsp
2 tbs

  To saute and grind

Shallots/chinna vengayam
2-3 cloves
1(small size)
2 tbs
Curry leaves/karivepillai
1 sprig
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1 tsp
Fennel seeds/sombu
1 tsp
Black pepper/milagu
1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam
1/8 tsp
2 tsp

  • Soak the tamarind in a cup of water and extract the juice and keep it aside .Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan and add the cumin,fennel seeds and black pepper.Fry it for a minute then add in the shallots and garlic.Saute it till the shallots turned pinkish,then goes in the sambar powder.Give it a mix till everything gets blend well.

  • Add in the chopped tomato and curry leaves,saute it till the tomato becomes mushy.If it is too dry sprinkle few drops of water.Put off the flame and grind it to a smooth paste once it becomes cold.Mix the ground paste with the tamarind water and set it aside.

  • Heat the pan with oil and crackle the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.Add in the shallots and saute it fora minute.Then add the garlic and fry it till translucent.The add the tamarind mixture.

  • Add around 1/2 cup of water,salt and turmeric powder.Let it boil for 5 minutes,then simmer it for 10-12 minutes or the oil till the oil floats on the top.

  • Serve it along with rice and poriyal.

      • Use shallots to get a nice taste..
      • Here I used fat cloves of garlic,if you are using the smaller size then use up to 20 cloves.
      • The kulambhu tastes even better on the next day. 


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      Omg, Nalini u r torturing me, am gonna invite myself to your place, wat a spread yaar, just miss this puli kuzhambu.

      Wow Nalini, the entire plate looks amazing..very good choice!

      A comforting meal and then Jul ambulance sounds flavorful.

      Abundant spread nalini. Like the kuzhambu...

      Wow ...just wow! I am stammering here because your pictures are so awesome and tempting. Wish you were my neighbor ....Awesome job!

      What an amazing meal and the kuzhambu looks lip smacking delicious.

      WHat a delicious platter! I just made a kara kuzhambu from your place and now this is on my list to do :)

      That is a very comforting meal platter and homely as well.

      Omg that curry looks very inviting.

      I like the way you have presented this meal. The Kuzhambu looks delicious.

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