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June 26, 2015

Vendhaya Kuzhambu Recipe - Hotel Kara Kulambu With Coconut - Kuzhambu Varieties

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Vendhaya kuzhambu recipe
This vendhaya kuzhambu recipe post (Hotel kara kulambu) makes me nostalgic. It reminds my college days to me. Myself, Shalini, Rajathi, Krithiga and Meenakshi. We are a group of 5 friends popularly known as “5 stars” in our class.We used to share our lunch box every day. Meenakshi used to bring this gravy mixed with rice. We are a big fan of of this South Indian kara kuzhambu. Whenever she bring this kulambu/gravy for lunch, we empty her lunch box even before lunch break. I really crave for those days back. 

Recently Raji( Rajathi) told me to try this gravy by getting the recipe from Meenakshi. Thank you so much Meens for sharing your mom’s recipe. It came out very well and tasted like Hotel style Kara kuzhambu. So you can call this as masala kara kuzhambu. I have given the same title as Vendhaya Kuzhambu as told by Meenakshi. Addition of Chinna vengayam/Sambar onion and coconut masala paste is the highlight of this gravy. Do try this if you are looking for kurma style masala kara kuzhambu with coconut. You will love it.

Check out my another version of hotel style kara kuzhambu

Check out my 60+ South Indian Kuzhambu varieties post here.

Kara kulambu with coconut

Vendhaya Kuzhambu Recipe

Vendhaya Kuzhambu Recipe Vendhaya kuzhambu recipe for rice - Tastes similar to hotel kara kuzhambu
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Gravy
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Small onion/Shallots - 15 nos
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds/soambu - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Water - to grind
To temper
  • Gingely oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Wash and peel the small onions and set aside. Grind the coconut+fennel+jeera to a smooth paste. Keep aside.soak the tamarind in warm water and take the extract using 2 cups of water.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds,methi seeds, urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. Add small onions and saute till they turn transparent. Add tomato pieces and saute till it turn mushy.
Vendhaya kuzhambu recipe
  • Add the tamarind extract, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder and required salt. Let it boil till oil separates. It takes 10-15 minutes in medium flame.
Vendhaya kuzhambu recipe
  • Lastly add the ground coconut paste and boil till the gravy thickens a bit and leaves a nice smell. Switch off the flame and remove the kadai. Transfer the gravy to a bowl and garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy with plain rice !
Vendhaya kuzhambu recipe


  • You can add 1/2 tsp of dry roasted and powdered methi seeds instead of sauting fenugreek seeds.
  • Add more fennel seeds if you want strong masala smell.
  • Add more red chilli powder for spicy taste.

Mix this spicy kuzhambu with rice and enjoy !
vendhaya kulambu

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Sindhujabalaji said...

Yummy kulambu...watta concidence,im craving for karakulambu bt no veggies in pantry,can i use big onions instead of shallots?waiting for ur reply....Btw last pic kalakkala iruku

Sindhujabalaji said...

Yummy kulambu...watta concidence,im craving for karakulambu bt no veggies in pantry,can i use big onions instead of shallots?waiting for ur reply....Btw last pic kalakkala iruku

Chitra said...

Yes.U can add big onions too.But Small onions adds flavor to this gravy !

Sindhujabalaji said...

Tired u karakulambu it came out very well...enjoyed wt vazhaithandu kootu and appalam,will share pics soon.
Thanx for nice recipe,sister

Nandini said...

I tried this recipe and it came out great! Thank you!

Chitra said...

Thank u so much Sindhuja :)

Chitra said...

Thanks for the feedback Nandini :)

Gopal said...


Unknown said...

Hi Chitra.. Tried this recipe for last night's dinner. It was finger licking good.. Simple yet delicious.

Chitra said...

Thanks for the positive feedback Anusha :)

priya said...

It came out very well. Made it with potato curry. It was a big hit thank you.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much. Happy to see your feedback :)