Seeraga Kulambu ~ Spicy Cumin Gravy

Seeraga Kulambu
Hi friends, I’m back after a long break, I guess. Its been something or the other lately which took more priority and I had to leave this space of mine go hungry. But not anymore. I’m sure many of us may feel a bit stuffed and so full especially after the day we had celebrated and eaten too much and want to keep the food simple yet hearty the next day. If so, please meet the new comfort food on the block that you are gonna love. It is quick to prepare, takes minimal ingredients (just 5) and is full of digestive properties that is going to keep your tummy happy.

This is my MIL’s recipe and I’m eternally thankful to her for this recipe. I make it often especially during the winter season when you do not feel like eating anything. Also as you do not need any vegetables for making this gravy, life becomes easier when you do not have anything in your refrigerator. This is one gravy that will taste even better the next day as you keep reheating it and you can store this for 3-4 days. You can use this gravy as an instant kulambu paste like you get from stores to mix rice for the kids lunch boxes along with some chips or papads to school.

Seeraga Kulambu / Spicy Cumin Gravy

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Shelf life: 3-4 days


To roast & grind:


1. Heat a pan with 1/2 tsp oil. When the oil is hot simmer the flame completely, add cumin seeds and roast it till you get the aroma and the color changes slightly. Take care not to burn it by roasting over high flame as it will give the gravy a bitter taste. Remove and keep aside.

2. Next add tuvar dal and roast again over low flame till you get the aroma and the dal changes color. Transfer it to the same bowl and once both considerably cools down, grind to a fine powder in a food processor. Keep aside.

3. Soak tamarind in some warm water and extract thick pulp and keep aside.

4. Add the remaining oil to the pan and when hot add vengaya kari vadagam for seasoning. When it starts to sizzle add the garlic pods and roast for a minute till it changes color and shrinks a bit.

5. Add the tamarind extract from the sides of the pan. Add salt and bring it to a bubbling boil.

6. Add the sambar powder, mix well and once again let it come to a boil.

7. Now add the ground powder and mix well. Simmer the flame completely, close the pan with a lid leaving a small gap and let it cook for 5-7 minutes.

8. When you remove the lid after 7 minutes or so the gravy would have thickened and the oil would have started to leave the sides and will float on top and you will get the aroma of the gravy. Then it is done.

9. Take off the stove. Serve hot with rice to which a liberal dash of ghee has been added. Chips or papads/appalams for the sides will go very well.


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