Kara Kulambu

My Mother In Law’s recipe of kara kulambu is as below. It sees so simple but it will surely tickle in your tongue for hours.If you love a spicy menu in your lunch give a try.


  • Tomato-1 finely chopped
  • Shallot-10
  • Garlic-10
  • Sambhar powder-1 tbsp
  • Hing-1 1/4 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder-1/4 tbsp
  • Tamarind extract-1 and 1/2 cups
  • Salt-To taste
  • Gingelly Oil-To cook

To temper:

  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tbsp
  • Urad dhal-1/2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds-1/4 tbsp
  • Fenugreek seeds-1/4 tbsp
  • Curry leaves


  1. Heat oil in a kadai and temper with the above mentioned items.
  2. Add onion,tomato,garlic one after the other and saute it well.
  3. When the onion turns translucent add hing,turmeric powder and sambhar powder.
  4. Add half cup of water and let it boil.
  5. When it begins to boil add tamarind extract and salt.
  6. Mix it well and allow it to boil.
  7. Let it boil until it thickens and oil separates it out as a top layer.
  8. Serve it hot with rice.


The more the kulambu boils the tastier it is.

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