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Puli Illa Kuzhambu Recipe (Tirunelveli Special kuzhambu withouttamarind) | Kuzhambu Recipes

Puli Illa Kulambu - Tirunelveli Style Kuzhambu without tamarind
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: South Indian
Author: Kalyani


  • Brinjal - 2 nos
  • Drumstick - 2 nos
  • Moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Coconut grated - 1/2 cup
  • Small onions - 2
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic gloves - 2
  • Red chillies - 5

To Temper

  • Thalipu vadagam - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few



  • Pressure cook moong dal with little water for three whistles and mash it well. Set aside. Wash drumsticks and brinjals well. Then chop it lengthwise and keep it immersed in water till use.
  • Grind red chillies with water to a fine paste and keep aside.
  • Grind coconut, small onions, cumin seeds and garlic cloves with little water to a fine paste and keep it ready.


  • Add one cup of water to the red chilli paste and put the chopped drumsticks and brinjals to it. Boil it in a heavy bottomed vessel until it gets cooked well. Add salt while boiling. Once the drumsticks got cooked well add pressure cooked moong dal along with coconut paste.
  • Mix everything together and boil the Kuzhambu in low flame for five minutes. In the meantime, heat oil in tadka pan and add mustard seeds & thalipu vadagam.
  • Once mustard seed cracks, add curry leaves. Switch off the flame and remove the tadka pan from flame. Add the tempered items to the Kuzhambu and mix well. Switch off the flame once done.


Serving: 3g