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April 27, 2013


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I learnt this Karunai kizhangu kuzhambu / Karunai kizhangu gravy from my MIL. Pidi Karunai kizhangu is called as Taro root in English. Some people name it as Yam as well. I made this pidi karunai kizhangu kuzhambu along with drumstick – mango poricha kuzhambu and banana stem pachadi for our lunch today.. It can be called as karunai kizhangu masiyal too.  But we call this kuzhambu as "Karunai kizhangu chutney". This chutney tastes the best when mixed with plain rice. We can make this chutney with pumpkin , ridge gourd, brinjal and potato too. Procedure is the same but the quantity of tamarind and green chilies differ based on the vegetable..Do try this easy kuzhambu recipe for lunch. U’ll like it.. Pictures are taken in my mobile as I dint bring my camera to Salem. Soon I’ll update the pictures ..


  • Yam / Pidi karunai kizhangu – 4 nos
  • Tamarind – A big gooseberry size
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Green chillies – 6 nos
  • Salt & water – As needed
To temper
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
Hing / Asafetida – 2-3 generous pinches
Coriander leaves – few

  • Chop the big onions finely and slit the green chillies into four halves..
  • Wash and pressure cook yam . Remove the skin and mash it well or grind in a mixie to smooth paste . Add the tamarind extract and set aside.
karunai kizhangu kuzhambu
  • In a kadai , temper mustard seeds , urad dal and hing. Then add the onions , green chillies and curry leaves. Saute well.. Now add the mashed yam with tamarind extract , salt and the required water, add 2-3 big pinches of hing again.
karunai kizhangu kuzhambu
  • Let it boil for few minutes , garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with plain rice !!
Addition of hing is the highlight for this kuzhambu. It helps to give nice flavor. So do not skip it. 

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Sona said...

Innovative chutney..

Unknown said...

this is something very new to me....looks nice

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Never tried pidi karanai, nice recipe

meena said...

i used to make by adding little tomato also,it is very healthy and taste great with hot the wonderful platter with vadagams.

Sangeetha Priya said...

delicious masiyal n happy vacation too :-)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy and inviting dear

divya said...

it looks so yummy and delicious.Inviting clicks.

Priya Suresh said...

Yam gravy, quite a droolworthy dish.