Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tangy Ajwain Gravy/Omam Puli Kuzhambu

Ajwain seeds are well known as carom seeds or as bishop's weeds is quite famous among Indians for its valubale medicinal uses...Raw ajwain smells almost exactly like thyme because it also contains thymol, its gives more aromatic and slightly bitter and pungent.In Indian cuisine, ajwain is almost never used raw, but either dry-roasted or fried in ghee or oil. It is also traditionally known for its digestive aid, relieves abdominal discomfort due to indigestion and antiseptic. In south India, dry ajwain seeds are powdered and soaked in milk, which is then filtered and fed to babies.

Many assume that it relieves colic in babies and for kids it also improves digestion and appetite.While in North India, ajwain seeds are often consumed after a heavy meal, its commonly offered after dinner parties .My grandma used to make this gravy whenever we goes to her village and this gravy is quite common in our grandma's place, when i was young i used hate this gravy at the core, but now i cant stop making this gravy often whenever i feel like having them, this gravy tastes more delicious after a day and tastes absolutely divine with fried papads..A prefect dish to enjoy during this chilled weather.

Ajwain kuzhambu

1+1/2cups Tamarind extract
10nos Shallots or 2nos Onions (diced)
1no Tomato
5nos Garlic pods
1tbsp Ajwain seeds (roasted & powdered)
1tsp Pepper powder
1/2tsp Cuminseed powder
1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp Mustard
1/4 tsp Urad dal
2tsps Dhania /Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
4 nos Curry leaves
1/4 cup Gingelly oil
Salt

Heat gingelly oil in a heavy bottomed pan..once the oil is hot, add the mustardseeds,urad dal and let it splutter..add the fenugreek seeds,curry leaves, fry it...add the shallot,tomato,garlic pods to the oil..fry everything well in gingelly oil..

Meanwhile mix the pepper powder, cuminseed powder,roasted ajwain seed powder,chilly powder, salt  and dhania powder to the tamarind extract..add this spiced tamarind extract to the shallots...cook them for 20 to 25 minutes in medium flame with the lid closed..stir it occasionally...once the oil get separates from the kuzhambu put off the stove...

Enjoy with hot steaming rice and papads..

50 comments:

  1. love kuzhambu and this one has all my fav ingredients. mouth watering.

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  2. WOw Priya ..Chance ye illai ..Mouthwatering aa irrukku ...Kuluru kku superaa Hot hot rice ooda sapitta superaaa irukum ...Yenakku oru parcel anupungalen..

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  3. Sounds great, I can imagine the smell from the fenugreek and the curry leaves!

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  4. Like to use ajwain to make this curry soon, looks tangy and yummy.

    Lite Bite

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  5. Sounds very hearty and delicious...

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  6. This sounds like a mouth-watering gravy! Can't wait to try it out!

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  7. Wow,hearty spicy dish for the weather. Awesome Priya

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  8. This gravy looks fantastic! It's the perfect thing to warm up with on a cold day!

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  9. Hey,

    New kulambu to me...looks yummy...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  10. I love anything which is tangy Priya. Good to know this recipe. Looks really nice.

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  11. so tempting and healthy too..neva tried before...will try soon!tq

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  12. looks very tempting and healthy...

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  13. I learn so much when I visit here. I'd not heard of this before. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. I absolutely love the flavor of ajwain, so I really want to try :)

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  15. Never knew they were called bishop's weed! Great looking dish.

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  16. Looks very delicious, perfect with steamed white rice and poppadums.

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  17. Pulikulambu looks delicious with small onions an Ajwiain.

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  18. Super tempting and yummy kuzhambu Priya.

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  19. Just looking to that delicous gravy makes me drool.

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  20. Loved the rasam priya. It looks so healthy and comforting

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  21. Wow, very very delicious looking !!!


    US Masala

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  22. so creamy and very very inviting !!!!! Pass it here dear, will empty ur bowl.. :)

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  23. Another dish that I never tried. But looks and sounds as comfort food. I'd love to try!

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  24. I love Ajwain..and this gravy is super tempting. Nice recipe!!

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  25. puli kuzhambu is my fav...perfect for the cool weather...I can have it with plain rice at any time...love it...adding omam seeds sounds interesting.very innovative recipe priya..

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  26. This looks heartwarming and delicious!

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  27. Love this...very comforting curry!!

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  28. mmmm.mmmm I cannot agree more with you on the ajwain usefulness and the fact that you have found a way to work around ajwain as the main ingredient is brilliant. I can bet on the super taste as well especially with rice and fried papad....*drools*

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  29. My husbands fav.but never tried with ajwain....cool work

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  30. Very new and interesting recipe, looks yummy !

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  31. whoa !!! very delicious and interesting looking kuzhambu :)

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  32. Lovely!!! Still looking for a place where to buy fresh curry leaves in Auckland!

    ciao
    Alessandra

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  33. Spicy kuzhambu and perfect for the chill weather. Comfortable on the stomach too

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  34. You are so creative! I love the dishes u make. This curry looks absolutely comforting.

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  35. Very good for cold. Nice with rice. Looks delicious.

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  36. What an interesting innovation to the plain boring tomato soup.Looks really spicy and tasty too.Perfect for winter.

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  37. wow!...perfect flavors for winter too!...

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