BM #121 Week 2 Day 1 - 

This week I shall continue with the A-Z dishes focusing on Tamil cuisine. Today's recipe is Drumstick Kuzhambu which I served with Palak Dal, Carrot-Cabbage-Cauliflower-Broccoli curry, Rice and Yogurt.
This is the bare bones version of the aromatic and flavorful Kuzhambu.

Thanks to Kalyani for pointing me to Sandhya's space for this super flavorful kuzhambu.

Recipe Source Sandhya
Ingredients - 

Tamarind large lemon size, soaked in hot water
Drumstick  15 pieces (2 inch piece)
Curry leaves - few
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Jaggery 1 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Seasoning (Sesame Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Toor dal 1 Tbsp, Red chilies 2, Asafetida ¼ tsp)
To Fry and Grind -
Oil 1/2 tsp
Chana Dal 2 tsp
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Red chilies 3 (I used Guntur Chilies)
Peppercorns ½ tsp
Rice 1 tsp
Methi Seeds 1 tsp
Asafetida 1/4 tsp

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add oil and roast all the ingredients one by one as listed under 'Fry and Grind'. Set aside and powder them after they cool down. Set aside the spice mix.

Extract the tamarind juice from the soaked tamarind and set aside. Add water as needed.

In a heated pan, add oil and the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop add the drumsticks and half a cup of water and allow them to cook through.

Since I used frozen drumsticks, I thawed them in the microwave for 3-4 minutes and added them at this stage.

Add the tamarind water, turmeric, salt and jaggery. Let the mixture come to a rolling boil.

In a separate bowl, add water and make a thick paste of the spice mix set aside in step 1.

Pour this spice mix paste into the simmering kuzhambu.

Let the kuzhambu boil for about 8-10 minutes. Adjust the flavors and consistency if needed. The kuzhambu thickens as it cooks. 

Serve it with rice and ghee.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Saturday, April 10, 2021


  1. rajani Says:
  2. Very similar to the Sundal kuzhambu I made for lunch today 😄! I sometimes use sambar powder instead of making the paste from scratch, but there is no doubt that this is a much tastier version..

  3. Radha Says:
  4. I love the fresh roasted powder to flavor sambhar. I sometimes add coconut too. This sambhar is amazing. The fresh powder would elevate the flavors of the sambhar. I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Drumstick kuzhambu looks delish harini! Drumstick adds a unique aroma to kuzhambu, both my kids love that taste! that freshly made masala must be adding so much flavor! Finger-licking good!

  6. Narmadha Says:
  7. Freshly grounded masala surely elevates the taste of the drumstick kuzhambu.Looks so delicious and entire thali looks so inviting

  8. sushma Says:
  9. Drumstick kuzhambu looks so delicious with all those fresh flavors. Good one

  10. Suma Gandlur Says:
  11. Freshly ground spice mix makes the dish more flavorful and this drumstick kuzhambu is a favorite at our home too.

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