December 14, 2006


I got this recipe from a telugu weekly.I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this pulusu.I must say though, that this is for someone who truly enjoys curry leaves in all its forms.I am one of those .I love any dish made with curry leaves.Curry leaves also provide good nutrients for hair growth.So all of you who are looking to improve your hair,this is a good way to get curry leaves into your diet.

Ingredients:2 1/2 cups of loosely packed curry leaves(about 20 sprigs)

2 tsp sambar powder

2 lime sized balls of tamarind/3 tsp tamarind paste

2 tsp rice flour/chickpea(besan)flour

2 medium sized onions,chopped fine

3 green chillies

2 tsp Jaggery(Optional)

For Tempering/Tadka/Popu

1 tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds

1 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp Asafoetida/Hing

Method:Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the curry leaves for a few mins.Grind this paste in a blender to a smooth paste,adding very little water.

Soak tamarind in warm water and extract the thick paste.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep pan,add the cumin,mustard and asafoetida/hing along with slit green chillies.

As soon as these splutter,add the ground curry leaf paste.Fry until the paste leaves its raw smell,about 5 mins.

Now add 3 cups of water to this along with the tamarind pulp/paste.
Add the sambar powder,salt,and 1/2 tsp turmeric to it.Let this boil and cook for 10 mins.

Add the chickpea/besan flour or the rice flour mixed with 3-4 tbsp of water and the jaggery at this stage.Let cook until a bit thick.

Serve hot with rice.

My Notes:I did not have onions and jaggery on hand when I prepared this pulusu.It still turned out very good.I am sure anyone who loves the flavour of curry leaves will like this one.

Added on 18 Dec 2006:I have decided to send in this recipe for VKN's FAHC campaign.


Asha said...

I love the flavor of Curry leaves but I don't get it often.I will try when I get some,looks delicious!Adding jaggery is a good idea too.

shilpa said...

Never heard of curry leaves sambar. It looks very tempting. I will try it today itself. Thanks dear

swapna said...

hai vini

recipe is great...i will try this.
my hubby alos likes...thanku for sharing..

Trupti said...

This is a new recipe for me....I love the smell of curry leaves in my daals...looks great, Vini.


USHA said...

Hi Vini,

I never heard this before, but i like curry leavespowder, chutney even tomix with hotrice and ghee..

let me try this sure.

Seema Bhat said...

i Love curry leaves too and i never ever knew that u can make sambar out of it.I am definately gonna try this one for sure vini
Thanks buddy

Lakshmi said...

Hi Vini, even i luv the flavor, have to give it a try, will let u know.

indosungod said...

Curry leaves Sambhar, that is going to be a must try for me. My mom makes curry leaves chutney but this kind of preparation new.

Vini K said...

Hi Asha,do try this one and let me know.

Shilpa,I am sure you will like this one because we south indians don't make any dish wchich does not use curry leaves!do let me know how it turns out.

Swapna,do try this one.You will like it.

Trupti,yes,the flavour of curry leaves is very nice.But this has a nice taste too because you actually taste the curry try it.

Usha,ya,I also like curry leaves chutney.But this pulusu is also very good.try it.

Seema,definitely give it a try.

Lakshmi,I am sure you will like it too.

ISG,Yes we make curry leaves chutney too.My MIL has a curry leaves tree at home.This time I think I will make it there too.

Shaheen said...

its the term curry leaves that attracted me.. I have to try this recipe!thanks.

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