Food Recipes Sambhar/Kuzhambu

MILAGU KUZHAMBU (Pepper gravy /மிளகு குழம்பு)

Milagu Kuzhambu (மிளகு குழம்பு) or pepper gravy is a traditional south Indian gravy that is prepared using major ingredients such as pepper, curry leaves, spices. It is also common to add dry sundakkai (காய்ந்த சுண்டைக்காய்) that contains antioxidant properties and regulates stomach and bowel movements.Pepper has medicinal properties and generally gives relief from common cold. Curry leaves are rich in iron. Milagu kuzhambu is taken mixed with rice and paruppu thogaiyal (பருப்பு தொகையல்). It gives a great taste when rice is mixed with milagu kuzhambu and paruppu thogayal. Normally curd pachidi and roasted papad/appalam are supporting side dishes. It has great effect when taken on week ends after an oil bath. The course meal also includes rice with pepper rasam and curd rice as the ending course.


Red chili 2 nos.

Black pepper 1 tbsp

Urad dhal 1 1/2 tbsp

Hing small piece

Curry leaves 1/2 cup

Tamarind 1 big lemon size

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Dry sundakkai 20-25 pieces

Gingelly oil 4 tsp


Preparation time 05 min

Cooking time 15 min

Makes 1 1/2 cups



Text Procedure

Step 1

Road red chili, black pepper, urad dhal and hing. Keep aside for 5 minutes Step 2

Transfer roasted ingredients to a mixie jar.Add 1/2 cup curry leaves and water. Grind to smooth paste.

Step 3

Extract 1 1/2 cup tamarind water from a lemon sized tamarind after soaking in water.

Step 4

Add turmeric powder to tamarind water and boil for 4-5 minutes. Then add ground curry leaves paste and salt. Boil again for 3-4 minutes and then turn off stove. The gravy is ready.

Step 5

Tempering: Heat 3 tsp of gingelly oil and roast sundakkai till it turns to black color. Add mustard and allow it to crackle. Then turn off stove.

Step 6

Add the tempered ingredients to the gravy. Medicinal Milagu kuzhambu is now ready.

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