Traditional Tamil Cuisine – Ennai Vaazhakkai Kuzhambu

You can never fail to impress when you are trying out a traditional dish. Try this special kuzhambu on weekends or when you are going on a trip. This need not be refrigerated and will stay good for two days. There are a whole lot of ingredients you need but let that not worry you. The outcome is an absolute delight. This will go very well with steamed rice as well as an accompaniment for Dosas.

  • Tamarind-Big Lemon sized ball
  • Hing: 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder: half tsp
  • Mustard: 1 tsp
  • Raw Banana: 2, peel and cut into chunks, boil with little salt and keep aside

To Grind to paste:

  • Dhania seeds: 2 tsp
  • Urad dal: 2 tspp
  • Channa Dal: 2 tsp
  • Tur dal: 1 tsp
  • Sesame Seeds: 1 tsp
  • Red Chillies: 12
  • Pepper: 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds: 1 tsp
  • Coconut: 1 tsp
  • Dry roast the ingredients and grind to paste and keep aside.


  • Extract the juice out of the tamarind. Add the turmeric powder. Add the cooked raw banana and boil for 5 minutes. Add the ground paste and boil again till thick. Add 3 tbsp of gingelly oil..
  • After the mixture becomes thick and creamy, garnish with mustard and curry leaves in 2 tbsp gingelly oil.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice and a dash of ghee.

Options: Instead of banana you can substitute with yellow pumpkin or brinjal. A tsp of jaggery can also be added.

Recipe contributed by Megalai Senthilkumar, Kauvery Facebook Fan.