Kara kuzhambu


Kara kuzhambu

Kara kuzhambu is a tamarind based gravy which goes very well with rice, dosa, Idly, Appam, Idiyappam ,Kozhukkattai etc. I always like tamarind based curries. Kara curry is very simple spicy gravy. You can make this curry with different vegetables. Let us see how to make this curry.

Preparation time approx. 40 minutes


Tamarind. Big gooseberry size/ Medium lemon size(Based on the tanginess of tamarind)
3 Brinjal
2 tbsp sambar powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp dhania powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Jaggery
Salt to taste


4 tbsp Gingely oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 Methi seeds
1 tsp Urad dal
1tsp Jeera
1 tsp Channa dal
Hing – A big pinch
2 Red chillies
Curry leaves – few

15 (finely chopped)Shallots
Whole garlic cloves few
1 big chopped) tomato.


Squeeze tamarind water keep.
In a kadai add oil add mustard. Followed by all seasoning.

Add garlic saute for few seconds. Then add onions . fry.

Add chopped brinjal salt and haldi. Saute well .
Add all the spices in tamarind water. Taste to check.
If the taste is ok your  kuzhambu will be tasty.
Add this tamarind water to the curry.
Cook till it become thick.
Add curry leaves.

If your gravy is not thick you can add 1 tsp rice flour mixed in water and add to the gravy and boil .

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Looks too tasty 🙂


    1. Thank you.😚. It is really very tasty

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Megala says:

    This looks so beautiful & mouth watering !


  3. Amazing recipe…Looking so delicious..Will try this soon..Loved it !!


    1. thank you. Let me know how it turned out for you

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Looks so delicious. Never added jaggery to kara Kuzhambu. Will try next time.


    1. try this. thanks dear

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  5. jaitraadi says:

    love this dish. .. Generally its very famous in tamilnadu isn’t it chitra ji? I like the tangy spicy kara kuzhambu


    1. yes. it is very popular in chettinadu. thank you jo


  6. That looks soo good!!!


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