BM #122 Week 2 Day 3 - 

This lip smacking Kuzhambu is for ginger loving people out there. We fell in love with it the first time we had it and it has since become a regular feature on our menu. 

The first time I made it, I felt the ginger was overpowering and later on adjusted it to our taste. It is such a delightful gravy to go with rice or millets or any rice substitute.

So far in the 'A-Z Tamil Dishes' theme, I have posted the following - 

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Tamarind extract from lime sized tamarind
Salt (I added 2 tsp)
Turmeric (I added 1/4 tsp) 
Jaggery (I added 1 Tbsp)
Ginger peeled and grated 2 Tbsp
Seasoning (Sesame Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana dal 1 tsp, Urad dal 1 tsp, Red Chilies 1, Hing and Curry leaves few)

Roast and Grind - 
Sesame oil 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal 2 tsp
Pepper 1 tsp
Curry leaves few

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add oil and fry urad dal, pepper and curry leaves until the dals are brown and the curry leaves are crisp. Remove on to a plate and allow to cool. Powder and set aside.

In a heated pan add the tamarind extract and water (approximately 3 cups of thin tamarind water). Add the grated ginger, the spice powder set aside in step 1, salt and turmeric. Allow the gravy to come to a rolling boil. 

Add jaggery and let the gravy simmer. 

Prepare the seasoning - In a heated pan, add oil, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, hing, curry leaves and red chili. Remove after the mustard seeds pop and dals are brown.

Pour the seasoning into the gravy, cover and remove from heat.

Serve it with steaming hot rice and ghee.


Preparation Time 25 minutes
Makes 3 cups
Posted by Harini R on Wednesday, May 12, 2021


  1. rajani Says:
  2. Bookmarking this Harini! This Kuzhambu sounds real good!

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. This is a wonderful choice for the alphabet healthy as well!

  5. Radha Says:
  6. This seems delicious and totally new to me. I am bookmarking to try it soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. I'm in awe with the variety of dishes are made in SOuth Indian cuisines. Every dish sounds better than the previous ones. I think I'll have to make a bookmark folder for your recipes only :)

  8. What a flavorful kuzhambu this is! So interesting and I have never tasted it. I recently got a big box of organic ginger and was looking for recipes and I came across this. Definitely trying it out.

  9. Archana Says:
  10. Wow! Such a yummy ginger kuzhambu! I love the flavors here. Lipsmacking delicious.

  11. Narmadha Says:
  12. I have heard a lot of health benefits with ginger kuzhambu and was looking for the recipe to try it. Now I have your foolproof recipe. Thanks for sharing

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