I can't think of any other kuzhambu other than Milagu kuzhmbu during the raining day!. Its a spicy-tangy one. White rice with a tea spoon of ghee / Gingelly oil, Paruppu thugayal, jeera rasam and a fried appalam is a perfect meal on the winter days. I usually make it in thick consistency, so that i can store it in fridge and use upto 2 weeks. Its a perfect dish for the travel too.
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Servings4-6

Milagu Kuzhambu
Milagu Kuzhambu

Ingredients :

Tamarind1 big lemon size
Jaggery1 teaspoon
Salt for taste
Cooking Oil1 tablespoon

For Grinding :

Red chilli6
Black peppercorns1 1/2 teaspoon
Channa dhal2 teaspoon
Urud dhal2 teaspoon
Coriander Seeds2 teaspoon
Hing A pinch
Curry Leaves10-15 leaves

For Seasoning :

Cooking Oil1 tablespoon
Mustard Seeds1 teaspoon
Curry leavesfew
Hinga pinch

Milagu Kuzhambu
Milagu Kuzhambu

Method
  1. Soak Tamarind in one cup of water and extract the juice and set aside.

  2. Heat the pan and add 1/2 teaspoon of oil and fry the red chillis first. When the colour of the red chilli changed to light brown, add peppercorns, urud dal, channa dal, coriander seeds and hing and fry on medium heat. Add the curry leaves at the final stage and fry once and take them into a mixer.

  3. Add little water (may be 1/2 cup first) and grind it to a fine paste. If required add more water while grinding. But make sure that you don't add too much water and make the ground paste too watery. Heat the pan and add 1 table spoon of Oil. Once the oil get heat, add the mustard seeds. On sputtering add the curry leaves & a pinch of hing. 

  4. Add the Tamarind extract juice along with salt and allow it to boil for 5 minutes to so that the raw smell of the tamarind goes off. Then ground paste and stir well and keep the flame low and allow the kuzhambu to boil in low flame for atleast 10 minutes. 

  5. When the kuzhambu comes to a thick consistency, remove from flame. I would prefer to have it as thick, as i can store it in fridge and consume upto 2 weeks.

  6. Serve this with white rice and a spoon of Gingelly oil with Appalam.
  7. Milagu Kuzhambu
    Milagu Kuzhambu
Note:
To make milagu kuzhambu travel friendly as a paste, add the tamarind to the grinding ingredients and grind it to a thick paste by adding 1 cup of water. Then cook the tamarind-spice paste in low flame and allow the quantity to further reduce to half of its quantity. This simple way, makes the kuzhambu a thick paste and hence it has a long shelf life.

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  1. Totally YUMMY

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  2. parthale nalla irrukku. yummy! it is so cold today and i am going to try this kuzhambu. thanks for the recipe.

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  3. Thanks for the recipe! Since i didn't have the coarse tamarind, i substituted it with 2 tsp of tamarind paste but followed the rest of the recipe the way you have shared. It's come out really great and we can't wait to have it for lunch today. It's a big SNOW day here and there can't be a more perfect meal. Lemme go make some appalams to go with that! Thanks again.

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  4. It is a very good site and I like the pictures of all the stuff, looks very authentic. I can see you are a very good cook and a wellwisher!

    I grind all the ingredients along with the tamarind and that way it cooks faster and tastes the same???

    Eat it with sutta appalam (microwave for 30sec).

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  5. Very yummmm. I had cold and it's very good taste when we have tasteless tongue

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  6. Hello mami i followed ur recipe and my milagu kuzhambu came out very well and everybody had praises for me. Thanks n credit goes to you.

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  7. Totally awesome recipe. My husband loved it very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Thanks for this and other recipes. Your recipes are the closest to my amma's recipe.

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  9. When are you going to add Jaggery? It is in the list above but not in the procedure anywhere.

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    1. Hi, we need to add jaggery after the kuzhambu is boiled nicely and becomes thick. I forgot to add it in steps.

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