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Simple Kara Kuzhambu / Indian Spicy Curry

Kara Kuzhumbu is a popular dish in South India. This is a basic Kara Kuzhambu recipe with very less ingredients and very easy to make. My mother-in-law makes Kara Kuzhambu in this way. Whenever I feel bored to cook, I will make this Kara Kuzhambu and just papad.

Time of Preparation : 30 minutes
No of servings : 4
Spice level : 4


  • Onion – 1/4 cup (chopped lengthwise)
  • Tomato – 1/2 (chopped)
  • Small brinjal – 2 (cut lengthwise)
  • Sesame oil – 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar powder – 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Tamarind – lemon size
  • Asafoetida – a pinch

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a thick bottomed kadai and add the mustard seeds.
  2. After it splutters, add the fenugreek seeds.
  3. Then add the asafoetida and curry leaves followed by the chopped onions.
  4. Fry till they become translucent and add the tomatoes followed by the salt.
  5. Fry till they become soft and add the cut brinjals.
  6. Fry them till they become little soft and add the turmeric powder followed by the sambar powder.
  7. Take extract from the tamarind and add the tamarind water and let it boil till it becomes thick.
  8. Add another 2 tbsp of oil and serve with hot rice and papad.
  9. Adding sesame oil will give more taste to the kuzhambu.


  1. Wow slurrpp….am drooling here seeing this…yummy combinaiton rice and karakuzhambu

  2. looking tasty and tempting

  3. That indeed looks spicy and super delicious. How i miss curried like this.

  4. This looks really so yummy ,loved the look of it …looks so delicious!

  5. I’d love some of this!! Perfect flavors.

  6. Kuzhambu looks absolutely delicious….mouthwatering pics and recipe.

  7. Slurp,one of my comforting food..

  8. Thank you all..


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