Karuveppillai Poondu Kulambu/Curryleaves Garlic Curry

Singing within me… “This is the day, This is the day that the Lord has made…” Making my first entry in my first brain child excites me πŸ™‚

Before you scroll down to switch on your slurp nerves, I would like to remind you one thing – Do a beginning by faith in HIM ( the Lord ) and each baby beginning shall be miracles in seed form. Yes, Keep seeding your future!! Foodie Adam Cookie EveΒ is one such seed πŸ™‚

South Indian, Traditional, Healthy curry. Served with hot rice, it is an epic south Indian dish. Maestro Ilayaraja hits playing in the background and the total aroma filling the house… πŸ˜€ I simply love that..



A step by step tutorial below…


1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed iron skillet or a heavy bottomed pan and fry curry leaves and 15 garlic pods.

Transfer them to a plate lined with tissue paper.


2. Puree them by adding little water.


3. Soak tamarind ball in 1/4 cup of hot water.



1. In a hot heavy bottomed pot, add 1 tbspn of left over oil from step 1 of preparations. Tear and drop 2 red chillies, items to temper, whole small onions, chopped tomatoes and 5 garlic pods. Saute them and take care not to burn.


2. Add the spice powders i.e chilli pdr, coriander pdr and turmeric pdr, give it a stir in low flame for half a minute, to ensure that it doesn’t burn. Add the tamarind extract and allow it to boil for a minute.


3. Add the puree made from step 2 of preparations. Add the remaining 0.25 cup of water. Check the seasoning. Check theΒ  consistency of the gravy. Obviously it should be watery. Allow it to boil uncovered in medium flame for the next 20 mins.


4. Now, you will find the consistency to be thick and droppy. Right time to add a pinch of jaggery and switch off the flame.


Aromaaaaaa….. Hummmmmm….


My Notes:

1. Recipe Variation : Adding brinjals/drumstick before tamarind extract.

2. Adding Jaggery at the end is optional.

3. Serve hot with rice and pappad. Bliss.. πŸ™‚

My karuveppillai poondu kuzhambu happily participated in Healthy lunch dishes recipe hosted by Full scoops and Priya’s versatile recipesΒ  , Walk through memory lane event by Sapana and Gayathri πŸ™‚

Detailed recipe cards below …



Recipe Courtesy – Dear Mom



27 thoughts on “Karuveppillai Poondu Kulambu/Curryleaves Garlic Curry

  1. Jofy.. Good one.. Just love ur pics.. Mouth Watery..

    Waiting for more such recipes soon. Ur recipe cards are so good!!!

    • Thank you akka πŸ™‚ It is not tedious at all when you do it, even to the extent it looks in the pictures πŸ™‚

  2. Deliciousness.. tatz the word ..Jofy ..I tried it out … itz so simple n easy to make
    my mom n I simply loved it… so yummy n nutritional as well … as we all know curry leaves is excellent for hair.. n Garlic good for heart … …
    jofy please upload more of this variety with ur innvovative skills :-)…
    Thanks a Ton dear
    Good !!

    • Thank you so much Anisha πŸ™‚ Glad that you liked it πŸ™‚ Please send me picture and I shall add it on the FB Page πŸ™‚

  3. I tried this recipe..it was so yummm. The taste of garlic and curry leaves along with tamarind was mouth watering. Even the aroma was so nice reminding me of my grandma’s garlic kulambu!

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