Poondu Kulambhu ( Garlic Curry) is one of the traditional recipes of Tamilnadu followed for decades, considered as one of the best curry with medicinal values. Garlic has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, cleans the digestive system, builds the immunity against common cold and prevents heart diseases by clearing up blocked arteries. Pearl onion or Sambar onion or Shallots are rich in Iron and copper, boosts circulation in the body by stimulating the production of red blood cells.

My grandmother used to prepare it in a very authentic style, click here for the recipes : Poondu Kara Kulambhu and Poondu Venkaya Kulambhu.


Sambar onion - 1 cup
Garlic cloves - 1 cup
Ginger -  chopped ; 2 tsps
Tomato - 1 (medium)Tamarind - a big lemon size
Mustard,Jeera and Methi seeds - 1 tsp
Curry and coriander leaves
Coconut milk(tinned ) - 1/4 cup
Sambar Powder - 2 tsps
Asafoetida - 2 tips
Salt to taste


1) Heat oil in a kadai.Add mustard,jeera and methi seeds.When it splutters,add onion,garlic and curry leaves.Fry till onion and garlic becomes tender.

2)  Add thick tamarind extract and allow to boil in medium flame .

3) When it starts boiling ,add sambar powder ,coconut milk and salt .Cook   till the oil separates out and gravy thickens  .

4) Add asafoetida while boiling .Garnish with coriander leaves before removing from the flame.

Serve with Hot rice .


virunthu unna vaanga said...

nice dish!!


Unknown said...

mouthwatery clicks..

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

tempting kuzhambhu

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

check the title, poondu is spelt wrong

Spice up the Curry said...

very yummy

Kavitha said...

spicy and delicious looking :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

Thank you jeyashri .hv changed it.

hotpotcooking said...

Nice gravy and yum with coconut milk

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Love poondu kuzhambu anytime !! Looks super delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and lovely looking preparation.

Unknown said...

adding coconut always enhances the flavor.one request,can you plz take the comment moderation ,it always rejects me.

Lavanya said...

Nice one there!
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