Tomato Garlic Kuzhambu


  • Tomato – 3 Nos
  • Tamarind – Gooseberry size
  • Garlic flakes – 20 to 25 Nos
  • Sambar Onion – 10 to 15 Nos
  • Sambar Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Gingelly Oil – 2 tablespoon
  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Jeera – 1 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafotida powder – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – 2 teaspoon or as per taste


  1. Soak tamarind in water and squeeze out the juice.
  2. Bring four cups of water to boil and add whole tomatoes. Allow to boil for two minutes and switch off the stove. When it is cold, take out the tomatos from water and peel off the skin gently. Mash the tomatoes well (or put it in a mixie and run for one second).
  3. In a kadai, pour the gingelly oil and when it is hot add mustard. When it pops up add jeera, fenugreek and asafotida. Fry till the fenugreek turns light brown. Add garlic flakes and fry for one minute. Then add sambar onion chopped along with curry leaves and fry nicely. Now add tamarind water, tomato puree, sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt and stir well. Allow to boil. Reduce the heat and cook on low flame till the kuzhambu is thick.


  1. I tried this recipe y’day for dinner. It tasted nice. My husband also like this kulambhu very much. Thanks a lot for the recipe and keep up your hard work.

  2. Subbulakshmi

    I love this Tomato Garlic Kuzhambu. Its easy to prepare and that too who is very new to cooking. All your cooking recipe are too good and its very helpful to all and especially beginner in cooking like me. I have searched so many sites for real south Indian food recipes at last landed in to your site. Thanks for your blogs and keep posting new one.

  3. Aunty.. unga tomato garlic kulambhu is a hit.. Priya ku innaiku naan samachi koduthaen..Quick and awesome..

    • Hi Ramesh,

      Thank you for your kind feed back. Meantime, where are you now and what happened to Priya. I am not seeing her posts in her blog now-a-days.

  4. Loved this recipe! esp because it does’nt have anything to grind (i hate having to grind stuff as then u have extra dishes to wash plus i dont have an indian mixie so it never comes smooth!).. my husband also loves this recipe and has requested this on many occasions!

  5. Kamala madam

    Image this receipe it’s very taste

    I like your receipes very simple and tasty.

  6. Aunty superb today I tried this. My family went to my native place.i was alone and tried to cook and very helpful. Thank you

  7. For one person what is the quantity should i want to use? Can we use this for white rice like kuzhambu?

    • Yes. You can serve this kuzhambu with rice. You can reduce the quantity of all the ingredients to half measure to make lesser amount of kuzhambu. However you cannot make exactly for one person since to boil the kuzhambu atleast a glass of water is required. You can keep this kuzhambu for few days in the fridge and use it.

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