Paal kozhambu

Last month, during navrathri, N,lil R and I went for Lunch at our neighbor Mrs.G’s place. She had cooked an extensive lunch for all our desi neighbors, the menu included vadai’s, pasayam, sakkarai pongal,rasam, tamarind rice,yogurt rice, kootu and a paal kozhambu. Mrs.G’s home is the place where I get to relax a bit these days, I hand over lil R to her and then I proceed to gobble up all the delicious food she cooks. I must admit, after a long time I was able to sit and wolf down hot and crispy dosas right off the griddle at her place.

After that lunch,I got couple of hints on how to make it as Mrs.G guards her recipes :). N was after me to get that recipe and while browsing one day I found a similar recipe from Lavi’s place. I made a couple of changes to the original recipe to suit our taste buds,it tastes good either way.I make the kozhambu as per Lavi has instructed and when I need some richness in the gravy I add coconut milk like how Mrs.G makes it.


The original recipe calls for drumstick,jackfruit seeds and brinjals, the day I clicked pictures, I made it only with drumstick.

Drumstick(Murungaikai) – 8-12 pieces
Onion – 1
Tomato – 1
Coconut milk- about a glass(150 ml)
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Sambar powder or red chili powder + coriander seed powder – 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water- 1 cup
Oil – 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
Dry Red chilli – 1
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
Hing(asafoetida)- 2 pinches


I used frozen drumsticks so I just washed it once and microwaved them in a bowl with 2 tbsp of water for 2 minutes.

Heat oil in an kadai/pan, add mustard and when it splutters, add dry red chili, curry leaves and hing. Add the chopped onions, salt and turmeric powder and stir fry well. When the onions turn transparent, add tomatoes and sambar powder(or red chili powder and coriander seed powder).

Add the drumstick pieces,stir once to mix, add a cup of water, cover and let it boil for 5 minutes. Do not add a lot of water as there is no thickening agent other than coconut milk(as there is no dal in this recipe), else the kozhambu will be very watery instead of thick kozhambu.

Once the drumsticks are cooked,add the coconut milk immediately(but do not boil), just let it be on the stove for a minute and switch off. Serve hot!

Goes great with lemon rice, tamarind rice or coconut rice. On its own you can serve it with jeera aloo,aloo kari or achari aloo too.

This paal kozhambu goes to Priya’s bookmarked recipes event.

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5 Comments to “Paal kozhambu”

  1. Lata Raja says:

    Good one and even with fewer vegetables it will still taste good. The thengai paal adds to the richness and the taste!

  2. sravani says:

    very inviting and delicious !!

    Ongoing Event – Festive Food

  3. Priya says:

    Super delicious kuzhambu,soo tempting..

  4. Rachana says:

    This must have tasted delicious. Love the recipe.

  5. Raks says:

    Nice recipe :) I have one with potato, will post soon :)

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