Kodi Kai Kuzhambu

Kodi Kai Kuzhambu

Pongal Special Kodi Kai Kuzhambu:

Pongal Festival Special Legumes Curry. Pongal side dish Kuzhambu. Kadhamba Kuzhambu. Kadamba Kuzhambu. Ven Pongal Side Dish. Milagu Pongal Side Dish. Kadalai Curry. Kadalai Kuzhambu.

My parents used to make this curry to go with Pongal(rice dish)recipe only on Pongal day(A festival that falls on Jan 14th). Its a harvest festival. I guess almost all countries have their own harvest festival! Its like giving thanks to natural forces, water, sun, fire…etc which helped them to succeed in their produce.

So the food prepared on this day will be all from fresh produce! Pongal dish(main course, rice dish)calls for raw rice, freshly husked/hand pounded…something city dwellers can’t find!:( So we substitute with ‘plain store bought new raw rice bag’! This dish calls for all legumes and all vegetables(produced during the season), sounds very interesting to me! Absolutely no use of powdered spices/ready made sambar sachets or anything is allowed!:( Again whole cooking episode here takes place under the sun/in a mutram(central open space, in a country house). They use only fire woods and specially build stone stoves for the day…all signifies thanking & living with natural forces! Anyways…Happy Pongal to Everyone!!!

Much like Thiruvathirai Kootu/Ezhu Kari kuzhambu(7 vegetable curry)…but here they use still lot more vegetables + Legumes.

Use 1 or 2 pieces of each vegetables(like potatoes, carrots…)Use just 1 small slice of few vegetables(Yam, pumpkin…). Use 1 fistful of legumes…soak them ahead of preparing, usually overnight!



White Pumpkin
Red pumpkin
Beet Root
Broad Beans

Dry Legumes:

Mochai(Indian Lima Beans)
Karamani- both large and small variety/white & brown variety(Black Eye Beans/Kidney Beans)
Pattani- both Yellow & Green(Peas)
Kondaikadalai- both Brown & White(Garbanzos)
Pachai Payiru(Green Gram)
Thuvarai(Red gram)

Spices for Curry:

No Onion
No Garlic
Chilies yes 3-6 slitted
No Tomatoes
Tamarind fresh pods 6-8 shelled & soaked in warm water then de seed, puree
Turmeric 1/2 spoon
Chili powder 2-4 spoons
Peanut Oil/Sesame oil – freshly cold pressed.

Tempering Spices:

Mustard seeds 1 spoons
Cumin seeds 2 spoons
Fenugreek seeds 1/2 spoon
Peppercorns 1/2 spoon
Asafoetida 1/2 spoon
Curry leaves few
Sesame oil few spoons.


In a wide + deep, heavy bottomed vessel, heat oil. Add chilies and wait till it splutters.

Then add all the vegetables + soaked legumes. Saute for few minutes. Then add salt, turmeric and chili powder.

Add tamarind puree to it. Cover and cook till they are done.

In a separate pan, heat oil. Add tempering spices and run this over the curry prepared.

Serve to go with your Ven Pongal or Milagu Pongal.


19 Responses so far.

  1. Happy Pongal Malar.Thats such a healthy and yummy dish..Loved the rich texture..:)

  2. Ann says:

    Malar,Kulambu looks thick and spicy..Happy pongal to you and family

  3. LG says:

    Malar, Happy Pongal to you and family. Curry looks spicy and yummy

  4. Cham says:

    I imagine with pongal , we make it too… Happy Pongal

  5. a delicious healthy recipe…..veggies,legumes…awesome taste…happy pongal

  6. SriLekha says:

    looks yum and very healthy!

  7. Ana Powell says:

    Hi Malar
    Its always a good surprise to come to visit you.
    Lovely dishes full of flavour.
    Just lovely x

  8. Viki Xavier. says:

    Wish You and family a prosperous and happy Pongal.

  9. AnuSriram says:

    Thats a lot of ingredients made as one nutritious side dish. Looks yummy!

  10. aquadaze says:

    hi malar, first time here. Oh the food here is so mouth watering!Happy pongal to you…didn’t manage to make anything for pongal, vicariously enjoying the food on blogs!

  11. Asha says:

    That’s a great dish, I love Field beans. Happy Pongal to you. I didn’t know it was Pongal today and I posted a Sorpotel at FH, blasphemy! :D

  12. This is a very nice recipe. Look so good. YUM!

    Happy Pongal!!!

  13. This healthy and vegetable rich curry looks yummy. Happy Pongal!

  14. sneh says:

    Hey this korma looks yummy.I am going to try it soon.
    Happy Pongal to you too!

  15. merajugr8 says:

    I have been looking for this curry from a reliable source for a long time as I donot know the correct method. Good that I got it from u:) We usually make a milagu + veggie kind of aviyal along with sarkarai pongal and tamarind curry of many root veggies for white pongal.
    Book marked this recipe. Thanks dear.

  16. Wish you a Very Happy Pongal Malar, sorry I am a bit late in wishing dear..I too made a similar kuzambu for pongal :)

  17. Keerthana says:

    Hi malar, that’s a very healthy and delicious looking curry. may be it is just right for ‘my legume love affair event’:)

  18. nice curry/kootu malar.. we too make them on pongal day..

  19. Nutritious recipie..Am sure this tastes good..

    You have something waiting for in my blog. Plz check..

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