Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Garlic curry ( poondu kulumbu/ belluli saaru)

Garlic is such a great ingredient by itself. I love to use garlic freely in most of my recipes. Garlic curry is commonly seen in south India (specially chettinad cuisine). This curry has its own medicinal values. I prepare it at least once in 2 weeks due to its health benefits. Its very helpful in gas trouble and other digestive problems. I love this taste, hope you'll like it as well. Here it goes...

Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 stalk
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Garlic cloves - 20 nos
Small onions - 1/2 cup
Chilly powder - 3 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Tamarind extract - 2 tbsp
salt for taste
oil - 4 tbsp

To grind:
Tomatoes - 2 nos
Small onions - 8 nos
Red chillies - 4 nos

Heat oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, Asafoetida , curry leaves and fry till the seasoning is done. Add shallots(small onions), garlic cloves, red chilly powder and fry for 3 min. Now add ground paste, coriander powder and saute for 5 min. Add salt, tamarind extract, enough water and cook till its done (garlic becomes soft and oil floats on top). Serve hot with rice.

Some people prefer to add ground black peppercorns instead of chilly powder. You can do that way, if you'll prefer that.

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