January 21, 2010

Mizhagu Kuzhambu | Indian Pepper Gravy

My MOM's wonderful recipe.Black Pepper and Cumin have good medicinal value and it is good have it when we are really bored with sambar and rasam.Try this when u catch cold you will have good relief.

 Milagu Kuzhambu


Pearl Onions - 20 no
Onion - 1 no
Garlic Cloves - 15 no
Tamarind - lemon size
Red Chilly - 5 nos
Pepper corns - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Salt - for taste
Gingely Oil - 5 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp (optional)


  • Place kadai, pour 2 tsp of oil, add finely chopped pearl onions, garlic and red chilly one after other and saute well until onion turns translucent.
  • Allow the ingredients to cool and then grind them into a coarse paste.
  • Dry roast pepper corns,cumin seeds,coriander seeds and grind it into a coarse powder after the ingredients cool down.
  • Heat the remaining oil and add mustard and all allow it to splutter,then add asafoetida in low flame.
  • Next add finely chopped onion, curry leaves and saute well until onion turns translucent
  • Soak tamarind in water for about 10 min and extract the juice. Add the tamarind juice, ground onion ,garlic mixture, ground powder and salt.
  • Allow the mixture to boil in medium flame for about 15 min until the raw smell goes way and oil separates
  • Add the ghee just before removing from flame to enhance flavor.
  • Garnish with curry leaves and serve hot with rice.



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