Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thenga Aracha Kuzhambu ~ South Indian Curry with Coconut

When i get bored with usual curry, i prepare this. This is one of my hubby's favourite. This Curry goes well with Idli, Dosa's and Rice. You can add variety of vegetables, my choice is drumstick, potato and brinjal.

Thenga Aracha Curry


Drumstick - 1
Potato - 1
Small Onions - 10 (chopped finely)
Garlic - 5 cloves
Tomato - 1 (chopped finely)
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Tamarind - a small lemon size

For Seasoning:

2 Tbsp of Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Methi seeds
1 sprig Curry Leaves

To Dry Roast and Ground:

1 tbsp Corriander seeds
1/2 tbsp Urad dal
1/2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
1/4 tsp Methi seeds
3 Dry Red Chilli's
3 tbsp of grated coconut

Dry Roast the above and grind along with 2 tbsp's of Sambhar Powder and 1/4 cup water. Grind it all together into smooth paste.

Thenga Aracha Kuzhambu


Cook the Drumstick and Peeled Potato in 1 cup of water for about 10 mins.

Soak Tamarind in hot water for about 10 minutes, then squeeze the tamarind and get tamarind pulp.

In a Pan, Heat Oil, add mustard seeds and let it splutter, add methi seeds and curry leaves and roast them.
add garlic, shallots and roast them till they are almost cooked. add chopped tomato and mix well.

Add Turmeric Powder, Salt to taste to the pan and mix well. add the cooked vegetables to the pan and the tamarind pulp. mix all together and let it boil for 2 minutes.

Add the Ground paste to the pan and mix well. add little water, if you want loose curry. let the curry boil for 2 minutes and garnish with corroiander leaves and curry leaves.

Serve Hot with Idli's or Rice.

* Use Coconut Oil, it gives nice flavour.


  1. Wow wonderful curry :) looks yummy :)

  2. My mom does something similar with these veggie combo, but ur masala is different and should taste good!

  3. That sounds really good! I wish I was cooking more lately, I'd try it.

  4. Classic and delicious one.. looks awesome !!
    Nice clicks too :)
    Indian Cuisine

  5. Yumm, delicious kuzhambu, simply inviting..

  6. Reminds me abt my home at india. Mom used to make it this. my fav... YUM!

  7. Spicy and flavorful kuzhambu looks delish.

  8. Delicious kuzhambu, looks wonderful!

  9. Hi Lavi, Arachu vitta sambar is my all time favorite. Looks yummy.

  10. Hi Lavi, Arachu vitta sambar is my all time favorite. Looks yummy.

  11. Looks delicious Lavi, we get only the frozen drumstick and that is not as good as the fresh ones. We call this Poricha Kuzhambu.

  12. Wow!!! yummy kuzhambu lavi...Thanks for sharing this unique recipe...

    Clicks are excellent...

  13. happy to see u back. The kuzhambhu sounds delicious and flavourful too.
    I never know the new abt Saravana bahvan. Just now i asked my hubby who went on a short trip to chennai and he told that they have opend near our house:)

  14. Lovely curry..looks very nice!!!

  15. Hi Lavi, first time here.. u've a wonderful blog full of delicious recipes... love to follow u!!

  16. Hi Lavi, I made this last night to give Desi a gift of nostalgia :) It was delicious. I didn't have drumsticks on hand so I used carrots and potatoes instead, but I'd love to try it with drumsticks when I get them the next time because they have such a unique flavor. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Hi this is very yummy to see i am gonna try this i just now saw a another good item in another item i will share it really good

  18. Vaishali, superb that u tried! the change of taste makes this curry different and Hit!!
    Thanks for telling me, iam really happy that i made a Superblogger try my recipe!

  19. hello lavi, i tries this recipe today and served it with steaming rice and brinjal fry. trust me, everyone at home just loved it..! thank you for such a unique recipe :)


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