07 November, 2006

Chettinad Garlic Kulambu

Chettinad cuisine is a speciality in Tamil Nadu and is absolutely delightful for those who like hot and spicy food. Chettinad is a region of the Sivaganga district of southern Tamil Nadu state, India. It is known for its culinary delicacies and its famous all over the world for the varieties spices used. Oil and spices are liberally used in the cooking and most dishes have a liberal dose of peppercorn, cinnamon, bay leaves, cardamom, nutmeg, green and red chilies, etc.
Once you taste any Chettinad dish you will never forget the taste of it. I adapted this receipe from one of my friend's mom and it turned out great. If you like spicy and tasty food then I highly recommend you to give it a try once.

Chettinad Garlic Kulambu

Ingredients:
3 pods Garlic
11/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 cup of Small Onions, peeled
1/4 tsp Dhania/Coriander Powder
1 Lemon sized Tamarind
1 tbsp Jaggery

For Seasoning:
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Hing/Asafoetida
Few Curry Leaves
2 Dry Red Chillies
1 tbsp Oil

Pound Coarsely:
3 Tomatoes
1 big Onion or 10 small peeled Onions

Hot and Spicy Chettinad Garlic Kulambu


Method:
Peel the garlic and crush them in mortar.
Soak tamarind in water and extract 2 cups of puree.
Fry pepper in ghee and crush coarsely.
In a pan, heat oil and add seasoning ingredients, garlic, small onions and crushed pepper.
Fry the above for few minutes and then add dhania powder, pound mixture and fry for few minutes.
To this add tamarind extract, salt, jaggery and boil till oil floats.
Serve hot with rice or idlis.

Chettinad Garlic Kulambu


Variations:
Add sliced brinjal/egg plant or okra/ladies finger instead of garlic.

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for visting my blog. I noticed that you have so many wonderful south indian recipes posted in your site. Will definitely try some of these.

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  2. Hi Deepz,
    let me know if how it turns out:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  3. I love Chettinad food. Your recipe looks really yummy.

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  4. Hi Lakshmi,
    I will try more of chettinad recipes and will update in my blog... so keep in touch
    cheers
    supriya

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  5. Oooh! Looks so yummy! I think this would also make a nice, hot soup on a cold day! :)

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  6. yes Vani... Its like pepper rasam but its got sweet+sour+spicy taste... tastes really good with rice on rainy days

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  7. I get to see some Kashmiri food here Supriya Kashmiri dum aloo is next to try ,thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes..nice blog and some great music..

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  8. Hi Supriya,
    As you said , you have blogged the chettinad kuzhambu, great !I guess the ground tomato and onions act as thickening agent. And it is a lovely photo. I am adding you to my blogroll.Cheers!

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  9. Hi Manthu,
    thanks for stopping by and letting me know:) I see that u have got a recipe for making Sandesh... I always used to asked my bengali friend to get it from her native... thanks for sharing sandesh recipe.... i will give it a try sometime soon..
    cheers
    supriya

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  10. hi lakshmi,
    u have guessed it correctly... ground tomatoes and onionsa add body and texture to kuzhambu... and also not to forget great taste..
    hope u try it sometime:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  11. Thanks for adding me to ur blogroll lakshmi:)

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  12. Thanks for adding me to ur blogroll lakshmi:)

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  13. so many nice recipes you have in your blog supriya, those spring rolls looks great.

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  14. thanks lakshmi.. people like u inspire me to try out new recipes and post it in my blog so that everyone can ennjoy it as much as i do... and do give a try to spring rolls, coz they are really really easy to make
    cheers
    supriya

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  15. Hey Supriya ,I am adding you to my passionate cooks link hope you dont mind ..

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  16. hey manthu
    im more than happy that u r adding me in ur blogroll... and im adding u to my blogger buddies list:) this time i hope that u dont mind;)
    cheers
    supriya

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  17. Hey Supriya,have heard a lot about chettinad cuisine.Must give this a try once..looks very very appetising.

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  18. vini,
    do give it a try... its really nice in this cold season... hot and spicy is what we crave in this time of the year... do let me know how it turned out
    cheers
    supriya

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  19. Looks totally spicy! just the way I like it....gotta try this, hubby is a BIG garlic fan...

    Cheers,Trupti

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  20. hey trupti,
    even me n my much better half love garlic... do let me know if u liked it:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  21. Sia...u have got bundels of recipes in store..and lot many to learn from different religious food..thanks for sharing.very nice blog..thanks for sharing

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  22. thanks meena for visiting my blog:) ur baked okra os in my must try list:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  23. Mouthwatering Kolumbu,what more can I say:))

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  24. hey asha,
    thanks again:) give it a try sometime... it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare...
    cheers
    supriya

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