Melagu Kuzhambu / Pepper Kuzhambu with Garlic

Recipe Categories: Indian, Kuzhambu, Medicinal, Pregnancy

A special Kuzhambu that has a lot of spiciness and taste along with its medicinal value. A special one for postpartum women and for those rainy cold days. Try our other varieties as well.

Melagu Kuzhambu / Pepper Gravy with Garlic


  • Tamarind water – 1 ¾ to 2 cup (little thick)
  • Garlic cloves – 6 numbers / to taste (optional)
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Jaggery (grated) – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste

To Grind:

  • Toor dal – 1 tbsp
  • Channa dal – ¼ tsp
  • Black Pepper (whole) – ¼ tsp
  • Red chilies – 2 numbers
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

For Seasoning:

  • Gingily oil – 2 tsp
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp

Serves – 4

Time – 15 min


Ingredients for Melagu Kuzhambu

  • Heat the Kadai and add few drops of oil. Add the “To grind” items and fry until Dal gets golden color. Take it out and let it cool. Grind it into a powder.

Making of Melagu Kuzhambu

  • In the same Kadai, add the Oil / Ghee, add the Mustard seeds. When it splutters, add the Garlic cloves, Asafoetida and Curry leaves. Sauté the Garlic until raw smell is gone.

Making of Melagu Kuzhambu

  • Add the Tamarind water, Turmeric powder and Salt. Mix it well and bring it into boil until raw small is gone. Now add the ground powder and mix it well and let it boil for 5 minutes in the medium flame. Finally add the Jaggery and mix it well.

Making of Melagu Kuzhambu

  • Mix it with hot rice (Make sure to add Ghee/Oil). Eat along with Aviyal/Kootu and Pappad/Chips as side.

Making of Melagu Kuzhambu

Making of Melagu Kuzhambu

Making of Melagu Kuzhambu

Making of Melagu Kuzhambu

Making of Melagu Kuzhambu

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