Poondu Kuzhambu / Garlic curry using freshly made Kara Kulambu podi

Poondu Kuzhambu / Garlic curry made with freshly prepared Kara Kuzhambu Powder:

Check out my other variation of Poondu/Garlic curry here

  1. Garlic -- 15 pods
  2. Tamarind -- Gooseberry sized
  3. Jaggery -- 1/2 tsp
  4. Garlic -- 3 pods, minced or paste
  5. Onion -- 1 no, chopped, medium sized
  6. Tomato -- 1 no, cubed
  7. Shallots -- 5 nos, peeled
  8. Salt -- to taste
  9. Turmeric powder -- a dash
  10. Kara kulambu podi -- 1 tbsp, recipe given below

Seasoning ingredients:
  1. Oil -- 1 tbsp
  2. Sesame oil -- 1 tbsp
  3. Mustard seeds -- 1/2 tsp
  4. Dry red chilly -- 2 nos.
  5. Fenugreek seeds -- 1/2 tsp
  6. Hing/Asafoetida -- 1/4 tsp (acc to taste)
  7. Curry leaves -- 1 sprig

To make Kara kualmbu podi/powder: ( yields 1/2 cup of powder)
  1. Dry red chillies -- 3 tbsp ,heaped
  2. Coriander seeds -- 6.5 tbsp
  3. Jeera -- 1/2 tbsp, heaped
  4. Black pepper -- 1/2 tbsp,heaped
  5. Curry leaves -- 2 tbsp

Preparation of Kara Kulambu Powder:
  • Dry roast all the ingredients one by one carefully to golden (without burning) on medium low flame and let it cool for few minute.
  • Grind the roasted ingredients in the mixie to fine powder. Store the masala in an air-tight container and use as per need.


  • Finely chop the onion and cube the tomatoes. Microwave the tamarind with little bit of water for a minute and squeeze out the pulp. Add around 1/2 cup of water to the tamarind mixture and mix well. Keep aside for further use.
  • Heat a pan with sesame oil and oil for 30 secs on medium flame. Add the garlic pods (15 nos) and fry for a minute. Drain the garlic to a plate and reserve for later use. In the same oil add the dry red chillies, fry them. Add the mustard seeds to the oil n fry until it stops spluttering , drop in the fenugreek seeds, roast for 15 secs. 
  • Add the shallots, chopped onion to the seasoning mixture and scald well in the oil for a minute. Add in the hing and mix well. Throw in the curry leaves n fry. At this stage add the minced garlic (or garlic paste) to the seasoning mixture and fry them well for a minute or so.
  • Now throw in the turmeric powder, Kara kulambu podi, salt to the mixture and combine well for a minute so that the raw smell of the dry spice powder be gone.
  • Finally add the already prepared tamarind water to the masala, stir together to combine well. Cover the pan with lid and let it comes to a boil. Add the jaggery, fried garlic to the curry at this stage and turn down the heat to medium low, cook for another 5 to 8 minutes or until the curry gets thickened and see oil floats on top. Switch off and serve with appalam/ vathal of ur choice. Tastes yum.


  • I've added 1/2 tsp of garlic paste to make this kulambu and it tastes absolutely divine. This is the sole thing that makes it differnt from any other poondu kulambu. U may also skip adding the minced garlic/ garlic paste if u don't like garlicky flavor.
  • This kara kulambu podi is my go to recipe for making any puli/ kara kulambu. So I always make small quantity and get done with it soon, by this way, the powder/podi always stays fresh and the quantity also comes for few makings only and there's not much of a work to make it again for future use.




  1. Curry looks so colourfull .love the cups.

  2. wow beautiful click dear.. poondu is shinning :)

  3. Lovely and inviting pictures.. Truly delicious !!

  4. looks so delectable! Wonderful photos! :)

  5. I dont mind inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this delicious kuzhambu, very catchy and super tempting colour.

  6. Mind blowing clicks !! It's been a long while since I had poondu kulambu.. U reminded me of this delicious gravy :)

  7. Curry makes me drool,spicy yum..great clicks.

  8. wow Shobana,Kuzhambu luks so tempting...awesome preparation:)

  9. looks so delicious, nice pics..

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  12. i love the color..poondu kuzhambu is one of my favorite..keep rocking...

  13. awesome..did anyone try this guys ?

  14. My tomatoes wer still sitting by t counter but I added it at t end nd cooked a lil while...it turned out to b awesme..Thank u so much fr t recipe




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