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March 10, 2009


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Milagu - kuzhambu
My hubby loves this milagu kuzhambu a lot. He always used to say that  Iam good in making this. Thanks to the supplementary issue of “Aval Vikatan” .It is the source for this kuzhambu. But I made some modifications according to our taste buds!! Whenever I get up late in the morning and when I run short of time to prepare lunch for my husband, I always do this. Its very easy to do. Lets see how to make this easy pepper kuzhambu for rice with simple ingredients.

To dry roast and grind
  • Pepper corns – 1 tbsp
  • Jeera/Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
To saute:
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Small onions – 5-7 nos ( finely chopped)
  • Garlic -  10 flakes (finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Tomato – 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Cooking Oil or gingely oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt and water - as needed
Other ingredients:
  • Tamarind – Medium gooseberry size ( 2 to 3 tsp extract)
  • Dry roast pepper and Jeera together just for 1 min in a hot kadai. U’ll get a nice aroma.(Note:Jeera should not be turned black) Grind it slightly coarse.
  • Soak tamarind in hot water for 5 –10 mins and extract juice from it. Take 1 cup of juice from it. Add the pepper, jeera powder to the extract. Keep it aside.
  • Now heat a wok/pan with 2 tbsp of oil and add the mustard seeds. Once it pops, add the methi seeds. Fry..
  • Add the finely chopped onions and garlic pieces along with curry leaves. Saute till they become translucent.
  • Now add the tomato and cook till it becomes mushy.
  • Add the turmeric powder and tamarind extract along with the required salt.
  • Let it boil for 10 to 15 mins in medium flame till its raw smell goes off. Add water in the middle if necessary. You can make it thick or thin as you like. Check for taste and add some raw pepper powder if needed. 
  • Now switch off the flame and garnish with  fresh curry leaves and 2 tsp of gingely oil. Cover and rest before you serve. 
If you need it more spicy , you can add the raw pepper powder on top of the gravy. No need to boil.That gives a special flavor to this Kuzhambu. I always do this at the end:)
Yummy ,Spicy Milagu Kuzhambu is ready to serve with plain rice and ghee!! It tastes great when crispy potato poriyal or  simple sorakkai poriyal is served as a side dish!!

My MIL’s Tips:
  1.     For initial stages of cold: U can try this kashaayam.
Take 1 tbsp pepper, 1/2 tsp cumin /jeera and 1 inch size ginger in a blender and crush it into one or two. Boil a glass of water . Add this mixture to it. Boil till it gets reduced into quarter glass. Drink this by adding honey or jaggery.
2. For loss of appetite and Indigestion:
Grind 1 tsp of pepper ,1 tsp of Jeera with salt. Make it a coarse powder by adding a pod of garlic at the end. Mix it with ghee and hot plain rice and have it for 2 days. It improves the loss of appetite.
3.For dry cough: Roast 5 –7 peppers in 2 tsp of ghee till it splutters. Now remove the roasted pepper and eat it as it is. Drink the hot ghee (throat bearable heat).
We usually do all the above remedies at our home and are really beneficial:)
For Weight Loss:
If you drink pepper rasam(without rice) around 11 in the morning regularly, sure you will reduce your weight by at least 1 to 2 kg per month(no dieting is necessary). But plz dont add too much of pepper . It may lead to stomach ulcer. Just normal amount of pepper as we use for rasam is sufficient!!

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  1. Cumin and pepper makes the combo for Rasam, looks so good. I will try this. Great entry! :)

  2. Mizhagu Kulambu looks delicious

  3. that defenitely looks spicy and yummy..must be perfect when you have a cold or cough as well!

  4. Love this Rasam..Looks very nice..Nice entry..

  5. Love this pepper kuzhambu :) Great entry!

  6. Kozhambu looks great...i usually make it when i have cold or cough...Good one.

  7. Thats a lovely n delicious also healthy fav!!

  8. heard of milagu kozhambu, but have never tasted; the recipe sounds yummy!

  9. Congrats on your awards :) Milagu kozumbu looks absolutely delicious..nice color. Please trail back to my blog. I have something waiting for you :)

  10. woww..that's a nice recipe!thx for sharing.Very informative chitra..thx for sharing tips too :)

  11. I love this recipie indeed.

    thanks for passing the awards and sorry for my delayed reply, was not well for the past two days..So sweet of you to remember me and passing the awards..Tx buddy..

  12. thanku Hc,asha ,lakshmi ,superchef,shama,ashwini,cham,deepa,priya,kalpana,sriharivatsan for ur lovely comments:)

  13. thanku akal and srihari:)take care of ur health srihari:)

  14. wow! delicious milagu kulambu. apdiye en style..! Love it!! Also health tips are worth! Good effort Chitra!Will bookmark! thanks for tagging me here!:)

  15. looks so good and yummy. Congrats on the award.

  16. I love milagu kuzhambu! ur's has come out just perfect, chitra.

  17. I love this too...but never got the proper recipes...have bookmarked yours..going to try soon :)...Congrats on your award

  18. Thanku sanghi,uma,dershana and priti for ur wonderful comments.priti,do try this and leave a note:)

  19. Very yummy! We make molagu Kozhambu often too ...but different ingredients. Check it out! This versions sounds very tempting!

  20. love this kozhumbu..looks yumm..

  21. I'm always on the lookout for authentic south indian recipes...I'm book marking this! thanks for sharing:)

  22. I've never had kuzhambu but it sounds so good and I love spicy food!

  23. I never tried this but looks very delicious

  24. Lovely Kuzhambu..:)..Its looks so spicy n yum..just my type..:)
    Thanks for all those tips also CHitra..:)

  25. Thanku dibs,sowmya,ranjani,5 star ,trupti and varsha:)

  26. This looks good for health and yummy...

  27. pair it with paruppu thivayal and you're in heaven the whole day. I love milagu kuzhambu :)

  28. fantastic recipe. nothing can beat a bowl of steaming rice with kozambu.

  29. this recipe is new to me..enjoy your award too

  30. Much useful recipe for me. I love all new kulambu:) Tips on losing weight is very good.
    Yummy milagu kulambu.

  31. I love Aval vikatan too. The 30 days series is really good sometimes.

    It's long time since I prepared milagu kuzhambu. Will try this method one of these days.

  32. that's a delicious kolambu that ever i like to have!

  33. i love this dish:) perfect remedy for the cold, isn't it?thanks for sharing:)

  34. thanku all for ur wonderful comments:)

  35. Love this milagu kozhumbu,looks fantastic !

  36. I too like milagu kuzhambu...this looks very yummy. Congrats on the award, dear.

  37. i love milagu kuzhambu too. looks so spicy and yummy :)

  38. Milagu kuzhambhu is my husbands favourite. I also love aval vikatan. YOurs looks yummy.

  39. Spicy n yumm. great info abt pepper. Thanks for sending it to Think Pepper event!

  40. Chitra thanks for the recipe dear...I have tried it and posted in my blog :) was yum

    1. Thanks a lot priti :) I am glad u liked it :)


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