Kara Kuzhambu-How to make-step by step photos & Video [(Filmed in village] in village style

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Cuisine Style: South India | Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes | To Serve: 4 | Take with: rice | Type: Lunch Gravy


  • Brinjal - 6 nos
  • Small Onion (Sambar Onion) - 6
  • Tomato - 1 [chop]
  • Dry red chilli - 1
  • Garlic – 3 cloves[mashed]
  • Tamarind juice – 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaevs - 1 spring
  • Mustard seed - 1 tbsp
  • Urad Dal - 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Jaggery - 1 tbsps
  • Asafoetida[Hing, perungayam]-1 tsp
  • Sesame oil - 3 tbsp
  • Water as needed

For roasting & grindind ingredients

  • Toor dal- 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal -1 tbsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tbsp
  • Rice - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds- ½ tbsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Peppercorns- ½ tbsp
  • Dry red chilli – 1
  • Coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Heat oil in a pan, add all ingredients, saute till light brown, then grind to fine paste with half glass of water
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1 tbsp [Dry roast & coarsely grind]


  • Dry roast (dont add oil for frying) fenugreek and grind to fine powder and keep it aside
  • Fry & Grind to fine paste the following : 3 Onions+2 Red Chilli+2 tbs of Coriander seed+Coconut piece+ 1 tbs Bengal gram+ 1 tsp Urad dal + 5 nos pepper corn+ 1 tbs cumin seed
  • Heat oil in pan and pop mustard, Urad Dal, Garlic then add onions and fry until it turns brown / transparent.
  • Sprinkle fenugreek powder, then add turmeric powder and asafoetida.
  • Add chopped tomato and mix well.
  • Now put fried Brijal (Cut into pieces along side or keept it whole if the size is too small. Put excess Gingly oil)
  • Pour the ground mixture then add tamarind water ( not too thick or too diluted )
  • Add the ground paste, salt & Jaggery.
  • Once done pour 5 tbs of Gingly oil over the Karakuzhambu
  • Serve with boiled rice.

How to make Kara kuzhambu video[in village style] (filmed in village)


  • Brinjal, ladies finger can be added to this spicy gravy.
  • Cut two halves if the onion size is quite bigger in size.


  • It’s a best side dish for Dosa and Idli.

How this Kara Kuzhambu recipe is Unique?

  • Grinding of onions with Urad dal is unique combination that adds thick and taste to the gravy.

How to make kara kuzhambu- Stepwise pictures

Kara kuzhambu ingredientsKara kuzhambu ingredients

Add 1 tbsp oilAdd 1 tbsp oil

Add chana dal, urad dal roastAdd chana dal, urad dal saute

Add coriander & cumin seedsAdd coriander & cumin seeds

Add coconut roastAdd coconut roast

Add dry red chilli roastAdd dry red chilli roast

Grind to smooth pasteGrind to smooth paste

Dry roast fenugreek seedsDry roast fenugreek seeds

Let it cool & grind to coarse powder without waterLet it cool & grind to coarse powder without water

Slit brinjal into fourSlit brinjal into four

Heat 2 tbsp sesame oil, roast brinjalHeat 2 tbsp sesame oil, roast brinjal

Add turmeric & red chilli powder roast for 2 minAdd turmeric & red chilli powder roast for 2 min

Now its readyNow its ready

Transfer roasted brinjal to a plate,keep it asideTransfer roasted brinjal to a plate,keep it aside

Add 4 tbsp oilAdd 4 tbsp oil

Add mustard seedsAdd mustard seeds

Add chana dal, urad & onionAdd chana dal, urad & onion

Saute till softSaute till soft

Add curry leavesAdd curry leaves

Add asafoetidaAdd asafoetida

Add turmeric, red chilli powder & salt sauteAdd turmeric, red chilli powder & salt saute

Add dry red chilliAdd dry red chilli

Add fenugreek powder, sauteAdd fenugreek powder, saute

Add roasted brinjalAdd roasted brinjal

Saute for 2 minSaute for 2 min

Add tomatoAdd tomato

Saute till softSaute till soft

Add ground mixtureAdd ground mixture

Add water, mix wellAdd water, mix well

Let it boilLet it boil

Add tamarind extractAdd tamarind extract

Let it boil till raw smell outLet it boil till raw smell out

Add jaggery, let it boil for 2 minAdd jaggery, let it boil for 2 min

Kathirikai kara kuzhambu readyKathirikai kara kuzhambu ready

Add sesame oil, cut off heatAdd sesame oil, cut off heat

Tamil nadu kara kulambu ready, serve hot with riceTamil nadu kara kulambu ready, serve hot with rice

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