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Parangikai poondu kuzhambu/kulambu

Parangikai poondu kuzhambu, is a tangy tamarind gravy, south-indian special, made with yellow pumpkin and garlic.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: How to make garlic kuzhambu, How to make tamarind gravy, vathakuzhambu
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pumpkin
  • ½ a tomato choped
  • 8 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 tbsp sambhar
  • gooseberry size tamarind
  • salt to taste

Tempering

  • 2 tbsp gingely oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp methi seeds
  • ¼ tsp hing /asafoetida
  • ¼ tsp ajwain seeds carrom seeds
  • a sprig of curry leaf

Instructions

  • Soak Tamarind in warm water for 20 minutes and extract approximately 3 cups of water. The amount of  tamarind depends upon the variety of tamarind you are using. Some might be very tangy with small amount, some might be otherwise. So soak and extract accordingly. The variety i used is very tangy.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan/Kadai, splutter mustard seeds, add methi seeds/fenugreek seeds, followed by ajwain, hing and curry leaves.Take care not to burn methi and ajwain.
  • Next add garlic and saute till they change color a bit and nice aroma of sauteed garlic emanates.
  • Add chopped pumpkin and chopped tomatoes to this and saute till tomatoes release oil.  Add sambhar powder to this and mix well. (The secret to the color)
  • Saute for 2 minutes, add tamarind water,  and mix well. Let this cook in a medium flame for 10 -15 minutes, after which the pumpkin must be 3/4th cooked, add salt now and mix well.
  • Let this be on the stove until the kuzhambhu thickens and oil releases on top. Take it of the stove. Serve hot with Rice and Pappad for an wholesome meal.

Notes

  • If you prefer the kuzhambhu to thicken fast, you can a tbsp of rice flour mixed with 1 or 2 tsp of water and add it to the kuzhambhu after adding salt. 
  • You can substitue Pumpkin with Brinjal/Drumstick or even shallots and garlic alone.