Kara Kuzhambu -  This is a spicy and popular gravy prepared in South India. Which is prepared by cooking the vegetables in tamarind extract, along with a special blend of spice powder. Its is served with rice along with any mild vegetable poriyal or kootu. It is one of the most liked kuzhambu as it is very easy to prepare.  The vegetables that are most commonly used for this gravy are Drumstick ,Brinjal ,ladies finger, taro root and garlic. Pulses like chickpeas and  dry beans (mochai) can also be used in preparing this spicy Kuzhambu. 

My choice of vegetables for preparing this kuzhambu is drumstick and brinjal, nothing can beat this combination. You can also prepare other  tasty dishes with this combo vegetable like sambar , poriyal and I have already posted the recipe for Drumstick and Brinjal Sambar .   This simple and easy drumstick and brinjal kara kuzhambu tastes best when served with cabbage kootu along with some fryums. 

mixed vegetable smabar.

This is a spicy and popular gravy that is prepared by cooking the vegetables in tamarind extract, along with a special blend of spice powder.


  • 1 drumstick , cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 small sized Brinjal, diced and keep it immersed in water till required 
  • Tamarind extract -( extracted from medium sized lemon) - 2 1/2 - 3 cups
  • 1 medium sized onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomato, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoon of Sambar Powder
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tsp. of mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. of fenugreek seeds
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp. of gingelly oil
  • 1 tsp. of powdered jaggery
  • 2 tablespoon of Oil
  • Salt


  1. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds,once they crackle, add the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Fry for a second.

  2. Add the chopped onions and fry until it turns translucent.Then add the tomatoes , followed by drumstick and brinjal. Fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Pour the tamarind extract ,tip in the sambar powder, asafoetida  and salt.

  4. Cover and cook on medium flame.Allow it to boil until the veggies are cooked and the raw smell of the tamarind disappears.

  5. When the kuzhambu comes to the right consistency (i.e.) a little bit thick add the jaggery powder and allow it to boil for few more minutes.

  6. Pour the gingelly oil on top and remove from heat.

  7. Spicy Drumstick and Brinjal Kara kuzhambu is ready to be served.


  • For the tamarind extract soak the tamarind in warm water for 15-20 minutes .Extract the  juice and discard the pulp. 

  • You can replace shallots ( small onion ) with the onions as they enhance the taste of this kuzhambu.

Serve this kara kuzhambu with rice along with any vegetable kottu and enjoy :)

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Aruna Manikandan

I am a passionate cook and love to experiment various cuisines , in my kitchen. This blog is my humble attempt to register a copy of recipes that I learn and try . Feel free to experiment with my recipes and adjust accordingly to suit your taste and requirements.Hope you enjoy :)


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  1. Spicy and yummy kuzhambu. Inviting one.

  2. totally lipsmacking,looks so inviting

  3. Spicy and mouth watery kozhambu. Loved the colour of the gravy.

  4. its a romeo juliet combo and it wont go wrong... thumbs up for the snap too good

  5. Mouthwatering. Curry looks delicious.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. hmm i love these kulambus very much.Love to have it with rice anytime

  7. Karakuzhambu looks delicious lovely curry.

  8. Wow, this looks SO good! I'm getting hungry just looking at it!

  9. fingerlicking curry, tempting me badly dear!!!

  10. Very tempting kuzhambu.. I am feeling hungry now..

  11. Looks too good and delicious.. beautiful clicks too :)

  12. like that oil on top.. it gives a traditional look :)

  13. Awesome and wonderfully made, love the oil floating on top...

  14. My fav kuzhambu and looks truly tempting...inviting pics there!

  15. Kuzhambu looks super tempting..wish to have some with rice

  16. looks so yumm .. hot rice n sutta appalam shd be grt..

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