9799692b348 Nivedhanam: Kadala Kuzhambu–Chickpeas Gravy - Pondicherry

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kadala Kuzhambu–Chickpeas Gravy - Pondicherry

Come and travel with me to the beautiful coastal territory of Pondicherry. It is an Union Territory consisting of four unconnected districts of Pondicherry, Karaikkal, Yanam and Mahe. The city of Puducherry is divided into two sections – The French quarter and the Indian quarter. From Wiki – “Many streets retain French names, and French-style villas are a common sight. In the French quarter, the buildings are typically colonial style with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian quarter consists of houses lined with verandas and with large doors and grills. These French and Indian style houses are preserved from destruction by an organisation named INTACH. The French language can still be seen and heard in Puducherry.” From mapsofindia – “The French and the Indo style have given birth to an innovative taste that is simply marvelous. The influence of the neighboring areas like Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala is also visible. The concoction of the various kinds of cuisines is something to be savored and relished” Coming to today’s recipe it is a kuzhambu made with garbanzo beans. You could also used peanuts instead of garbanzo beans.. You will not need to soak the groundnuts overnight. Just pressure cook it and use it. Kuzhambu and sambar varieties are part of our daily food. There are many varieties and variations. Each of them very comforting and lip smacking.. Eat them with rice and you can call it a meal.. A delicious kuzhambu which is tangy and lip smacking.. I got this recipe from here and loved it..



Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans - 1/2 cup
Onion - 2 (chopped)
Tomato - 2 (chopped)
Tamarind - 1 Lemon sized
Garlic - 6 cloves
Red Chili Powder - 1 tea spoon
Coriander Powder - 1 tea spoon
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tea spoon
Red Chili - 1
Curry Leaves - 10
Salt - 1/4 tea spoon + 1 tea spoon
Sesame Oil - 3 table spoons
Coconut - 1/4 cup (grated)
Small Onions - 10
Green Chili - 1
Turmeric - 1/2 tea spoon



Soak the chickpeas in warm water overnight.
Pressure cook the chickpeas with 1/4 tea spoon salt until well done
Drain excess water and set aside
Soak the tamarind in 2 cups of warm water
Sauté the small onions for a few minutes and set aside to cool
Grind together the small onions and coconut to a paste and set aside
Extract pulp from tamarind and set aside

Heat oil in a kadai and allow the mustard seeds to crackle
Add fenugreek seeds and red chili
Add curry leaves, slit cut green chili, onions and salt
Sauté until the onions are clear
Add the tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes


Add the tamarind water and bring it to a rolling boil
Add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder
Add asafetida and mix well
Bring it to a boil
Add the garbanzo beans and cook for 5 minutes
Add the grinded paste and cook for 3 minutes
Remove from heat and serve hot with rice

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  1. Thanks for trying Sowmy, now you are tempting me make some kuzhambu, this is my all time favourite.

  2. All time favorite and i love the sundal kuzhambu with idli more than rice...

  3. Spicy gravy! The dish looks really nice.

  4. That's such a tempting gravy..I love this with rotis..

  5. Perfect match for rice. Looks so inviting...

  6. Very flavorful and tempting.

  7. Simple and easy to make kadala kulambhu,perfect with steamed rice..

  8. Looks very yum.Must be great with rice and Roti....

  9. the use of spices and coconut make this so delicious

  10. I love kadala kuzhambu very much and this pondy style kuzhambu is just killing me .. very tempting sowmya :) I wud love invite myself to your place just to enjoy them with steamed rice :)

  11. kadala kuzhambu is a good hearty accompaniment to rice.. or even kal dosai

  12. This was my first choice for Pondi..but later changed. .the curry look amazing.


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