Looking for a flavor-packed and zesty South Indian curry that's perfect for a comforting meal? Puli Kulambu, also known as tamarind curry, is just what you need! Puli kulambu, also known as tamarind curry, is a traditional South Indian dish that is spicy and tangy curry and is loaded with fresh vegetables, aromatic spices, and tangy tamarind juice that creates a perfect balance of flavors. Whether you're a vegetarian or a meat lover, this dish is incredibly versatile and can be made with a range of ingredients. This dish is usually served with steamed rice and can be made with a variety of vegetables or proteins, such as okra, eggplant, or chicken. So, let's dive into the recipe and learn how to make this delicious and hearty Puli Kulambu at home.
Zesty and Tangy Puli Kulambu - The Perfect South Indian Comfort Food
1 cup tamarind pulp
2 cups water
1 cup chopped vegetables (such as okra, eggplant, or drumsticks)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sambar powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon urad dal
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
Soak the tamarind pulp in 2 cups of water for 10–15 minutes. Squeeze the pulp to extract the tamarind juice and discard the pulp.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, and urad dal. Let them splutter.
Add chopped onions and minced garlic. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they turn soft.
Add chopped vegetables and sauté for a few minutes.
Add sambar powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix well.
Add tamarind juice to the pan and bring it to a boil.
Lower the heat and let the kulambu simmer for 15–20 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked and the kulambu thickens.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice.