Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tangy Betel Leaves Gravy/Vethalai Kaarakuzhambu/Vetrillai Kuzhambu

Betel Leaves are well known for their digestive values, we might have seen our grand parents having this incredible leaves after their lunch for easy digestion. Boiled betel leaves water can be a great remedy for treating cough, also these leaves have enough health benefits for the people who suffers a lot of respiratory problems..I have seen my mom applying slightly warmed oil coated betel leaves in my brother's chest whenever he suffers from cough. Actually we can include betel leaves in our daily menu by making few variety of foods with it.

One of my recent trial with this wonderful leaves is this tangy gravy. Actually i want to make rasam aka Indian soup with this leaves but i changed my mind and prepared this fingerlicking tangy kaarakuzhambu. You may wonder how i got this much fresh betel leaves in Paris,i carried 10Rs worth betel leaves from India and am using them in a better way. Stay tuned for some more dishes am dishing out from my kitchen with this interesting betel leaves.

11nos Betel leaves (chopped lengthwise)
1/2cup Shallots
1no Tomato (chopped)
6nos Garlic cloves
1tsp Peppercorns
1tsp Cumin seeds
2tsp Chilly powder
2cups Tamarind extract
1tsp Mustard seeds
1/4tsp Fenugreek seeds
2nos Dry red chillies
Few curry leaves
2tbsp Gingelly oil

Heat few drops of oil in a kadai, fry the shallots, tomato,cumin seeds, peppercorns, garlic together until the shallots turns transculent and put off the stove.

Transfer this to a blender, add the chilly powder and grind as fine paste.

Heat the remaining gingelly oil, let crack the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, add the red chillies, curry leaves and fry until they turns brown.

Now add the grounded paste and cook for few minutes.

Add immediately the tamarind extract,salt and bring it to boil.

Put the flame in simmer and cook for few seconds.

Add the chopped betel leaves to the cooking gravy, cook for few minutes until the oil gets separates.

Enjoy hot with rice and papads.


  1. shabba kolludae :) yennaku ippovae venum indha kuzhambu..

  2. wow looks so heavenly aks :) must be so flavourful. Wish I can have it with some hot piping white rice and appalam ;) someone is back to swing I guess ;)

  3. Interesting recipe........ very tasty!

  4. Wow seems to be very intresting recipe...Hope u had a nice journey with lot of memories in india .

  5. Delicious and flavourful to look at kuzambu. Wonderfully prepared.

  6. looks sooo delicious n inviting...

  7. Wonderful recipe from betel leaves priya. Thanks for sharing

  8. This is a very new recipe to me akka u rock

  9. Nice tangy kuzhambu akka.. healthy too

  10. I have planted this tree but never used it's leaves in cooking. Will try this soon!

  11. wow very very delicious looks and flavorsome kuzhambu :) tempting me !! welcome back aks !!

  12. Looks very tasty. Never heard of this kuzhambu. Will definitely try. Superb recipe Priya !

  13. wow !!! this shud be juusttt great !!! loved it :)

  14. Great that you carried betel leaves from india to make this virtual feast for us....lovely...

  15. Never knew that we can make gravy with betel leaves. looks interesting and delicious!! :)

  16. was catching up with all the blogs when your post caught my eye!! have never tried cooking with betal leaves and we have a huge vine in my house. got to have try with this!! have a nice week end

  17. Betel leaves kuzhambu ah? Sounds interesting...looks finger licking good..must have tasted yumm with plain rice :)


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