Karuveppilai Kuzhambu Recipe (Tangy & Spicy Curry Leaves Curry)

Archana Doshi
Karuveppilai Kuzhambu Recipe (Tangy & Spicy Curry Leaves Curry)
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The Karuveppilai Kuzhambu Recipe is a classic and a traditional south indian curry recipe, that is made from fresh curry leaves also known as Karuveppilai. The curry leaves are ground with roasted spiced and added to a spicy and tangy tamarind water. The flavors from roasted methi seeds and coriander seeds brings out delicious flavors and taste.

Serve the Karuveppilai Kuzhambu along with steamed rice and Potato Roast along a weekend lunch with family.

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Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

50 M


4 Servings


    Ingredients to be roasted and ground
  • 50 grams Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
  • 3 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coconut , grated
  • Ingredients for the Kuzhambu
  • 1 cup Tamarind Water
  • 12 Pearl onions (Sambar Onions) , quartered (sambar onions)
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery
  • Salt , to taste
  • Ingredients for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame (Gingelly) Oil
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)

How to make Karuveppilai Kuzhambu Recipe (Tangy & Spicy Curry Leaves Curry)

  1. To begin making the Karuveppilai Kuzhambu Recipe, we will first make the ground masala by roasting its ingredients.

  2. Heat a skillet on medium heat; add the fenugreek seeds, urad dal, red chillies and coriander seeds. Roast them on medium heat until you can smell the roasted aroma and they are lightly browned. Turn off the heat.

  3. In a mixer grinder grind the roasted ingredients along with the coconut and curry leaves into a coarse and yet smooth paste. You can add a little water if required for it to grind well. Keep this aside.

  4. Heat a large sauce pan on medium heat; add a teaspoon of sesame oil and the quartered onions. Saute the onions until they turn lightly golden and have a sweet smelling aroma. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat.

  5. Once the onions are cooked, add the tamarind water, turmeric powder and salt. Bring the mixture to a brisk boil for about 4 to 5 minutes. 

  6. After about 4 minutes, add the Karuveppilai (curry leaf) masala into the onion tamarind water. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Check the salt and spices and adjust to suit your taste.

  7. Simmer the Karuveppilai Kuzhambu for about 3 to 4 minutes, turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.

  8. The final step is the seasoning for the Kuzhambu. Heat a small tadka pan on medium heat; add the mustard seeds and the urad dal. Allow it to crackle and roast a little until browned. Add the curry leaves and turn off the heat.

  9. Pour this seasoning over the Kuzhambu and serve warm.

  10. Serve the Karuveppilai Kuzhambu along with steamed rice and Potato Roast along a weekend lunch with family

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