Omam Puli Kuzhambu (Ajwain Tamarind Curry)

Omam Kulambu (Ajwain curry) 1

Omam Puli kuzhambu is a delicious South Indian curry goes well with hot steamed rice. Omam/Ajwain helps in proper digestion. As a home remedy for gastric problem, you can crush the omam with your palm and have it along with some warm water, which gives a good relief.

Mainly, this curry is apt during winter season. And it’s a saviour when you are running out of vegetables at home. It will be tastier if you rest it for a while before serving and you can have it the next day also. Here the recipe with step wise pictures for the delicious omam puli kuzhambu.

Omam Puli Kuzhambu (Ajwain Tamarind Curry)

  • Recipe Cuisine: Tamilnadu
  • Recipe Category: Rice accompaniment
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 4


                ITEM                 QUANTITY
Oil (Sesame oil or Coconut oil) 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds ¼ tsp
Fenugreek seeds ½ tsp
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Garlic 5 to 7 cloves
Shallots or Onion ½ cup chopped
Tomato 1 medium chopped
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Salt As needed
Tamarind 1 small amla size
Water 3 cups

To Grind:

Dry red chili 3 to 5
Coriander seeds 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Pepper corns 1tsp
Ajwain/Omam 1 ½ tsp
Coconut 2 tbsp
Curry leaves 1 sprig


1. Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Then add chopped or whole garlic and onion. Sauté it well along with turmeric powder and salt.

Omam Kulambu (Ajwain curry) a

2. Add chopped tomatoes and mix well. Cook covered till it’s mushy.

Omam Kulambu (Ajwain curry) b

3. Soak tamarind in half cup water and extract the tamarind pulp. Add it to the curry once the oil oozes out. Mix well and bring it to a nice boil for around 10 mins in medium to high flame.

Omam Kulambu (Ajwain curry) c

4. Meanwhile dry roast the items listed under `To Grind`.

Omam Kulambu (Ajwain curry) d

5. Grind it with ¼ cup water to a thick paste and add it to the boiling curry in medium flame.

Omam Kulambu (Ajwain curry) e

6. Mix well and bring it to a single boil in medium flame. Switch off the flame once the oil starts floating on the top.

Omam Kulambu (Ajwain curry) f

Serve it with hot rice for this rainy weather 🙂

Omam Kulambu (Ajwain curry) 2


* If you want to try a no grinding version you can temper with ajwain/omam and use sambar powder or coriander powder and chilli powder instead of the ground paste, and skip the grinding part.

* Shallots gives a nice taste to the curry but you can replace it with red or white onion based on the availability.

* Coriander leaves are optional. Mostly I do not add coriander leaves for tamarind curry. You can garnish with curry leaves and you can add some coconut oil on the top for a nice flavour.

* You can do the tempering either in the beginning or in the last as well.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Mom says:

    Different type of this recipe …. I’ll try this menu..


    1. Yes mom 🙂 . Do try it and let me know how you liked it .


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