Milagu Kuzhambu

Milagu Kuzhambu is a traditional and tasty South Indian accompaniment that is prepared with freshly ground masala and tamarind. It is a healthy and has medicinal properties and could be had if you are down with cold.

It goes well with white rice and sesame oil. This is a no onion, no garlic recipe.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 25 mins
  • Tamarind – lemon sized
  • Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
  • Pepper – 2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp heaped
  • Channa dal – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli – 3
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – as required
  • Water – 2 cups


  • Soak the tamarind in hot water for 15 mins.
  • In a pan, add a tsp oil, red chilli, pepper and fry until the pepper starts spluttering. Keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, add urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, hing, jeera and fry well till the dal turns golden brown. Cool it down.
  • Now grind the above with little water to a smooth paste.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil to the pan. Add mustard, hing and curry leaves.
  • Add the tamarind water, salt and mix well.
  • Allow it to boil in medium flame for 10 mins. Add the ground paste and mix well.
  • Simmer and cook until the gravy thickens for around 10 to 12 mins.
  • Switch off the flame and have with white rice and vegetable fry / kootu.

We had it with paruppu thogayal and it was just perfect !!!

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