Sunday, 15 June 2014

Curry Leaves Gravy or Karuvepillai kuzhambu

This curry leaves gravy is slightly different because I'm not using coriander seeds and also increased the quantity of  tamarind so, the bitterness of curry leaves is mild and taste just like vathal kuzhambu but still packed with lots of goodness. Curry leaves is the best remedy to improve indigestion problems, ward off anemia as it is rich in folic acid and iron. The usage of curry leaves is also indispensable to prevent diabetes because it regulates blood sugar level and last but not least check greying of the hair and strengthen the hair root allowing proper absorption of nutrients which is important for the hair growth. Do give a try of this recipe.

Indian style stir fried egg cabbage and curry leaves gravy

Ingredients :

Small onions :6 (optional )
Garlic : 6 cloves (optional)
Curry leaves : 2 handfuls
Thoor dal : 2 tbsp
Bengal dal : 1 tsp
Dry red chillies : 5
Black pepper : 2 tsp
Grated coconut : 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Asofetida or hing : 1/2 tsp
Tamarind : small lemon size
Water : 3 to 4 cups

To Temper :

Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek : 1/2 tsp
Salt : as needed
Gingerly oil : 3 tbsp

1. In a pan, adding 1 tbsp gingerly oil, fry onions and garlic lightly. Keep aside.

2. With leftover oil in that same pan, fry thoor dal and bengal dal till light brown colour and keep aside. After that, you need to fry curry leaves till crisp and followed by red chillies. Remove them and keep aside. Grated coconut is fried till brownish colour along with black pepper. All the fried ingredients need to be ground to a fine powder without adding water.

3. Soak tamarind in 4 cups warm water for 10 minutes  and squeeze the extract out. To the tamarind extract, mix turmeric and asofetida.

4. Using 3 tbsp gingerly oil, splutter mustard seeds, ensued by cumin and fenugreek. 

5. Then add the ground curry leaves powder and tamarind extract. Let it simmer and reduced to a thick semi gravy consistency with little oil floating on top. Lastly, add lightly fried onions and garlic pods.


6. The consistency of the gravy is according to your preference. You can bring the gravy to thick stage or semi gravy.

7. Curry leaves gravy could last at least for 3 to 4 days when keep well in refrigerator.


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