Garlic Tamarind Gravy (Poondu Puli Kulambu)
Posted on August 4th, 2008 in Curry - Veg by

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Poondu Puli Kulambu, Garlic Tamarind gravy


  • Garlic – 10 to 12 cloves (Big one)
  • Onion – 1/2
  • Tomato – 1
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Mustard seeds and Urad dal – 1/2 tspn
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tspn
  • Oil – 2 to 3 tspn
  • Salt – to taste

Roast and make a paste of:

  • Red chilies – 3 to 4
  • Coriander seeds – 1/2 tspn
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tspn
  • Peppercorns – 1/4 tspn
  • Fennel seeds(perunjeeragam) – 1/4 tspn
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Garlic – 4 to 5


  1. Finely chop Onion and Tomato. Soak Tamarind in water for 15 minutes. Extract about a cup tamarind juice from it and keep aside.
  2. Heat a tspn of Oil in a pan. Add Red chilies, Coriander seeds, Cumin seeds, Peppercorns, Fennel seeds, Curry leaves and roast till they are light brown, then remove from pan.
  3. Roast 4 to 5 Garlic cloves till they are golden brown. Then make a very fine paste of these roasted items.
  4. Heat little Oil in a pan, add Mustard seeds and Urad dal. Once the seeds starts
    spluttering add Curry leaves and Garlic, fry till they are light brown.
  5. Add Onion and fry till they are golden brown. Then add Tomatoes and fry till they become soft.
  6. Add Turmeric powder, ground masala paste and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Add Tamarind juice, 1 or 2 cups of water and Salt to it. Keep the stove in high heat and bring the curry to boil completely, then reduce the heat to medium.
  8. Cook till the curry becomes thick and Garlic are soft.

Goes well with: White rice, Idly, Dosa

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  1. Srivalli said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    that looks lovely…great one!

  2. Haemala said,

    on February 17th, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  3. preeta said,

    on March 14th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    it looks great adn im gng to try ths reciepe tmrw…

  4. anitha said,

    on March 25th, 2011 at 5:39 am

    tried this receipe and it was excellent. i was searching for this receipe for a long time and found today. great. thanks

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