Friday, July 17, 2009

Race Kuzhambu

The Samaithu Paar (சமைத்து பார்) by S. Meenakshi Ammal is my cookbook Bible. My sister purchased it for me sometime in 1988, and I may have tried 80% of the recipes in these 20 years. I cook these regularly and just love the variety the three volumes offer. The Race Kuzhambu (ரேஸ் குழம்பு) is one such kuzhambu that tastes excellent.

This is best made using tender brinjals or ladies finger. However, you can use drumsticks too.
The following measure of ingredients will serve 4.
Ladies fingers/Okra 8 to 10, cut 2'' pieces or brinjals 2- cut in eights.
Thoor dhal, Urad dhal, Channa dhal and Moong dhal - 1 teaspoon of each.
Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon.
Coriander seeds - 2 teaspoon.
Black pepper - 4 -6 corns.
Red chillies - 6.
Fenugreek seeds -1/2 teaspoon.
Rice - 1/2 teaspoon
Tamarind - a small lemon sized ball.(aged tamarind will taste best)
Salt to taste.
Oil (preferably gingely oil) -2 tablespoons.

For tempering:
Oil -1 teaspoon.
Mustard seeds -1 teaspoon.
Curry leaves - few sprigs.
Green chillies - 2.

Wash, dry and cut ladies fingers or the brinjals and cook until soft.
In a pan first roast without oil the rice. Next roast the fenugreek seeds.
Put oil in the pan and roast separately the dhals until golden.
Roast the redchillies, peppercorns and the coriander seed.
Put all the above roasted ingredients in a spice blender and grind to a fine powder.
Soak tamarind and extract the pulp.
Place pan back on the stove, add oil and temper the mustard seeds. Add the greenchillies and curry leaves and saute for few minutes.
Add the tamarind pulp and the cooked vegetable. Let the tamarind water simmer until the raw flavour subsides. Add salt and the powder with some more water. Bring to a boil and lowering heat simmer for few minutes.
Serve hot with steamed rice.


  1. Thats a new recipe to me Lata..Looks lovely..and with the ingredients mentioned,can imagine the flavour..!!

  2. Wow i like these type of kulambhus... i sure love to try this lata.. have bookmarked it..the color of kulambhu is really tempting and mouthwatering

  3. New to me too,sounds awesome with all those lentils together! Sure will be spicy with pepper in it! Thanks for sharing and that a cool picture of the kuzhambu in a kutti kadai :)

  4. I too have purchased thse books recently and will be trying some of them soon..sambar looks tempting

  5. This recipe is new to me,looks soo delicious..tnx a lot for sharing...

  6. That's a different name for sure and your description of it sounds great, as does the picture... bookmarking it.

  7. This is very good. I like very much
    it's very simple and good.
    Thanks a lot

  8. I'm a huge fan of Race Kuzhambu that my mom makes. It's absolutely delicious. I'm going to try this today. Thanks for the recipe.


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