Tuesday, June 12, 2007


This is purely an authentic dinner. It’s familiar mainly in Tamilnadu and some areas of Andhra pradesh too....



Tamarind - big lemon size

Drumstick - 1

Potato- 1 big

Onion - 1 small

Tomato - 1 small

Garlic- 3-4 flakes

Chilli powder - 2tbsp

Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp

Salt - As per taste.


Mustard - Few

Curry leaves- few

Fenugreek seeds- 6-7 seeds

Vadagam - few (optional)(This is traditional spice ball prepared from the olden days)
Click here to get details:"VADAGAM"


First soak Tamarind and get thick paste out of that, keep aside.

Boil drumstick and potato with little salt.

Add water to tamarind extract (not too thick or thin), turmeric powder, and chilli powder, salt.

Now season the things given in seasoning list, add vadagam last as it burnts very quickly.

Fry onion, tomato, garlic in the pan (if you wish you can even grind coarsely these three ingredients and fry to get thick consistency)

Pour the tarmind mix and close the lid, once you feel raw smell has disappear, drop the boiled vegetables in it.

Keep in medium flame, leave till become little thick...


As i already mentioned in my previous post, i like to give importance to colour combination too in my meals. This can be done only with cabbage too, just added few green peas to give richness to the recipe.


Cabbage - chopped 2cups

Peas - 1/4 cup

Onion - 2tbsp

Garlic - 2flakes

Green chilly - 1 big

Salt - As per taste


Mustard- few

Curry leaves- few

Broken urad dhal - few


First seasoning the things given in seasoning column.

Then fry the onion, garlic, green chilly, peas, and cabbage for few minutes.

Add little water, salt along with above ingredients and close the pan.

Once it is cooked if you wish garnish with corriander leaves and serve.


trupti said...

I love Cabbage made this way...well, any way, really! its so good!


Asha said...

I love Drumsticks.I get frozen ones here.Thanks for posting authentic recipes Usha:))

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

O O this is so mouth watering....Love it....I am hungry by seeing this...

priar's, said...

Hi usha,
Awesome dinner....
I jus love karakuzhambu.Presentation is goo dear.

USHA said...

Hi Trupti,

I'm happy you liked the recipes..do try and let me know..

Hi Ashaji,
Oh gr8 i got it..so you love drumsticks...yeah here in patel shop we get some times fresh ones...Thanks.

USHA said...

Hi Sukanya,

Thanks.Do visit my home...i can prepare for you:))

Hi Ramya,
Thanks alot dear....Do try and let me know.

Lakshmiammal said...

You are right Usha! Food has to be pleasing to our eyes, atleast for the kids to be interested in eating.

Vijiram said...


Thanks for visiting my blog!

Potato in karakuzhambu is something new to me. Gabbage and peas nice combo!

USHA said...

Hi Lakshmiammal,

Thanks.I have to thank u again for making me to give details of vadagam in your blog...which made my job very easy...

Hi Vijiram,

Thanks.Do visit again.

Kajal said...

Very nice dish with nice presentation. Love your cabbage and peas curry and thanks for sharing potato and drumstick combination...I try to find drumstick recipe and got it.
Good day.:)

Cynthia said...

Usha, how are you?

I am reading this post here at 18 minutes before midnight and you have me hungry looking at this drumstick and potato curry. Want some :)

Vcuisine said...

Usha, steaming rice with this Kuzumbu and some fried aplam... What else you need during weekends. I normally prepare and keep it two days before to get a better taste. Very nice. Feel like visiting your place now. Viji

Coffee said...

I have eaten cabbage this way at my friends place a lot!! :) Loved ur potato drumstick as well!!! Very different. :)

Aruna said...

Usha, Thx for ur nice words on my blog.
The Combo - Kara kulambu & Cabbage looks delicious :)


USHA said...

Hi Kajal,

Thanks alot dear...do try and sure you will enjoy the recipe..Do visit again.

Hi Cythia,

I'm fine.How about you...Thanks for your concern.....hahahaha!!!then why don't you give your attendence once to my home:))

USHA said...

Hi Viji,

Yep!!!you are 100% correct, it taste good the next or two....its a perfect combination karakuzhaambhu with papad,kootu or curry right? You are welcome Viji.

Hi Coffee,

Nice to see you after long time here.Do try and let me know.

USHA said...

Hi Aruna,

Thanks alot....Its was really surprise to know that you are one among frequent visitor to my blog,how could i miss your blog:((....

Keep visiting.

Sharmi said...

the name karakuzambu itself make my mouth water. will try out sometime.

Sia said...

thats my kind of food usha...very comforting yet healthy...

USHA said...

Hi Sharmi,

Do try and let me know.Thanks.

Hi Sups,

Happy you liked my recipes..Do give a try....Thanks.

DEEPA said...

this is so very comfort one ...all are mouthwatering ..great going ...

Seema said...

Usha, I love desi authentic food very much. This indeed will sooth my stomach. Love it.

USHA said...

Hi Deepa,

Thanks for dropping by...Do visit again..

Hi Seema,
Yep dear!!!!Thanks alot..Do keep a try....

swapna susarla said...

wow what a combination usha?i never tried it before.potato with drumsticks is looking nice.

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

Hi Usha :)
Romba naal achu unga samayal saptu.. Oops sorry :P Samayal paakathan vidreenga :( No tasting ;) Hehehe.. kidding.. How r u? As usual nice pics and great cooking (visually)! :D

Anonymous said...

great meal...lovely native food...I love drumsticks...so have to try your recipe....thanks for sharing

Prema Sundar said...

Kaara kuzhambu looks nice Usha. I normally use brinjal and drumsticks for making kaara kuzhambu.. adding potato should give a good taste too. I too make cabbage with peas sometimes. cabbage poriyal is a good choice with kaara kuzhmabu.
Read ur comment in my blog Usha. Really felt happy reading it and iam glad u liked it . I too prepare it often and many people ask me if it is Baadam milk??

Anjali said...

Traditional meals are always inviting! Lovely Ushi.

Richa said...

hey, ur karakuzhambu looks so thick and yummy :) you have made such a nice combination!

USHA said...

Hi Swapna,

Thanks.Do try and let me know.

Hi PK,

Vanga Madam...eppadi irrukkegga?Roamba naal acchu?Thanks ma...Find time to visit my home...then you can enjoy directly too.

USHA said...

Hi Dilipji,

Its really nice and happy to see you here again.Do visit again,.Thanks.

Hi Anjali,
Yeah!!!as you said though we love to cook modern style....still crave for traditional recipes.Thanks.

USHA said...

Hi Richa,

Thanks for your lovely comments...Please give a try,I'm sure you will enjoy the recipe...

USHA said...

Hi Prema,

Thanks alot....Really your version Kheer was excellent...now i can recommend all my friends too....

Anonymous said...

Usha..I made cabbage-peas fry. I came out quite lovely.. Do keep posting more and more recipes. Awaiting your kurma recipe :))

Sunitha Jay