South Indian Pepper-Garlic Gravy

Milagu Kuzhambu recipe, precisely poondu milagu kuzhambu – this south Indian pepper-garlic gravy/curry is a popular postpartum recipe.


Milagu Kuzhambu


6 servings


South Indian


50 min




This south Indian pepper-garlic gravy/curry is a popular postpartum recipe!

– 2 tbsp black peppercorns – ½ tsp toor dal optional but adds nice flavor – ½ tsp cumin seeds – 30 to 40 curry leaves you can add up to 50 leaves – 1.5 tsp tamarind paste or small marble-sized tamarind paste – 1 cup water – 2 tbsp gingelly oil – 1 tsp mustard seeds – ½ tsp asafoetida – ½ tsp turmeric powder – 10 to 12 garlic cloves divided – 1.5 tsp salt or to taste

You will need:


Simple & easy-to-follow

Step 1

Prepare the kuzhambu masala Heat a pan or kadai and when the pan is hot, add the peppercorns, toor dal, cumin seeds, and roast for two minutes or until the aroma comes.

Step 2

Then add curry leaves, one or two cloves of garlic(optional), and tamarind. (If using tamarind paste, do not add it now). Roast for 30 to 45 seconds and turn off the heat. The curry leaves will crisp up in the residual heat.

Step 3

Allow it to cool and grind it into a smooth paste by adding ⅓ to ½ cup of water. (If using tamarind paste, add it while grinding)

Step 1

Prepare the milagu kuzhambu Heat a heavy-bottom kadai and add the gingelly oil. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and asafoetida. The mustard seeds will splutter, and the gingelly oil will froth up. Add the garlic cloves and turmeric powder and cook for two to three minutes over medium-low heat.

Step 2

Then add the ground paste, salt, and ½ more cup of water.

Step 3

Mix well and cook until it thickens or for about 5 minutes.

Step 4

The oil will ooze out from the sides, and kuzhambu will be more like a pudding. In Tamil, we say halwa padam. Turn off the heat and serve warm with rice. Let the kuzhambu cool before storing it in an air-tight container.

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