Puzhi (Tamarind) Charu

Puzhi charu is a traditional South Indian dish made with tamarind and spices. It is typically served with rice and is known for its tangy and spicy flavor. It is a quick and effortless dish, popular in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Puzhi (Tamarind) Charu

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: Rasam/CharuCuisine: Indian, tamilDifficulty: Easy


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A simple rasam made with tamarind and seasoned with chilies and curry leaves.


  • Tamarind – a big gooseberry size

  • Onion – 1 big

  • Red Chillies – 3 to 4

  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves – few

  • Oil – 1 tablespoon

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Soak tamarind in water, squeeze to extract the juice, and add water to make three cups of tamarind juice. Chop the onion.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and wait for them to pop. Then add fenugreek seeds, broken red chillies, chopped onion, and curry leaves. Fry until the onion is transparent.
  • Add tamarind juice and salt, bring to a boil, then simmer on medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with hot rice for a dish that’s like rasam in looks but tastes like puliyodharai.

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  1. v.srinivasan

    I have been searching 4 lot & varities of menu 4 so long . after being advised by one of my relatives 2 c ur website I was really shocked with pleasure & spellbound. Thanks a lot. & ALL THE BEST..

  2. Hi Srinivasan,

    Welcome to my site. Thank you for your kind comments.

  3. i learnt this recipe from my mom… Same method as you.. But most people doesn't know this… thanks for giving this recipe.

  4. Hi Viji,

    Yes. As you rightly said most people doesn'know this recipe. It is a regional recipe prepared most in Thanjavur side.

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