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This is one of the spicy kuzhambhu from south. This gravy can be had when you have sore throat, cold. It helps reducing the throat infection. Also this is one best food for nursing mothers. It helps increasing the breast milk. I made this for the Tamil New year as we need to make one spicy food on that day.

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Black Pepper/ Milagu : 2 teaspoons

Coriander Seeds : 3 teaspoons

Urad dal : 1 teaspoon

Cumin Seeds : 1 teaspoons

Channa Dal : 1 teaspoon

Red Chili : 2

Tamarind : 1 lemon size

Mustard Seeds : 1/4 teaspoon

Curry Leaves : Few

Salt : to taste

Asafoetida : generous pinch

Sesame oil/Gingelly oil : 3 tablespoons

Water : as needed


  • Soak tamarind in little water. After 5 mins, put it in a microwave container and heat it for 30 sec. Remove and keep it aside.
  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan, add milagu, coriander seeds, urad dal, channa dal, cumin seeds, red chili.
  • Let it crackle and turn golden brown.
  • Let it cool , once cooled down add salt and grind it to a fine paste with required water.
  • Now heat remaining oil in a bigger pan, when hot add mustard seeds, asafoetida. When it crackles add curry leaves.
  • Now add the ground mix and mix well.
  • After 5 mins, add the tamarind paste and mix.
  • Heat it for 15 to 20 mins, close it with lid so it doesn’t splutter.

Serve with hot rice/idli/dosa

If you feel it is too hot/spicy, then you can add some coconut around 2 to 3 tablespoons to the items while frying at the end and grind it along. Adding some more gingelly oil as well helps reducing the hotness.