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Sep 23, 2013

Kalan Kuzhambu / Spicy Mushroom Gravy

Kalan Kuzhambu / Spicy Mushroom Gravy is one of the popular South Indian kuzhambu variety that too its popular in South Indian Wedding Dinner. In recent years, have seen in many wedding receptions in my hometown. Many people prefer this Kalan Kuzhambu and Parotta for dinner menu in Wedding Receptions. Even i tasted Mushroom first time in a wedding reception dinner only. I liked this spicy kuzhambu, its so flavorful and yummy with parotta & Ghee Rice. Then my mom got the recipe from a Cook and tried it few times. We all love this mushroom kuzhambu and i love it with hot idlis and with Jeera Rice or Ghee Rice.
If you haven't cooked Mushroom this way, please give it a try to feel the real flavor and taste of this kuzhambu. Dunno why i did not posted this recipe in my space, Thanks to Nalini for starting Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday event, in which one should post traditional or regional recipes of Tamil Nadu on every month's 2nd and 4th Tuesday. So keep watching i am gonna share few of my hometown special recipes here in coming weeks.

  1. Mushroom      8 oz. pack (cleaned & sliced)
  2. Onion    1 medium (chopped)
  3. Tomato    1 no. (chopped)
  4. Ginger Garlic Paste      1 tsp
  5. Mint Leaves      2 tbsp (chopped)
  6. Curry leaves    1 sprig
  7. Cilantro      few finely chopped
  8. Turmeric Powder     1/4 tsp
  9. Chicken Curry Powder    1 tsp
  10. Coconut Paste     2-3 tbsp
  11. Salt    to taste
To Temper
  1. Oil     2-3 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds     1/4 tsp
  3. Fennel seeds     1/4 tsp
  4. Bay leaf    1 small
  5. Cinnamon     1"piece
  6. Clove    2 no.s
To Roast  & Grind
  1. Dry Red chilli       4 no.s
  2. Coriander seeds     1 and 1/2 tbsp
  3. Poppy seeds     1/2 tsp
  4. Fennel seeds    1/2 tsp
  5. Dry coconut     1 tsp
  6. Pepper corns     8 or 10 no.s
  7. Dalia/Pottu kadalai     1/2 tsp (optional, i added)

  • First heat a pan and dry roast all the ingredients under the heading "to roast & grind" in medium heat for 1-2 minutes, then cool for a while and grind it to a fine powder and keep aside.
  • Then heat oil in a kadai, add the tempering ingredients one by one allow to splutter, fry well and add onions, mint leaves and curry leaves and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • After that add ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell leaves.
  • Now add tomato and saute until soft and mushy.
  • Then add mushroom, turmeric powder , ground masala powder, chicken masala powder and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • And add 1/2 cup water, enough salt and bring to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling add coconut paste or coconut milk and cook till the raw smell leaves and done. Adjust the kuzhambu consistency to your taste, if you are serving it for idli/dosa/parotta then make it little thin and if you serve for rice/chapathi/puri/Biryani make it little thick like mine.

it tasted great with oats too :)
You can also add chilli and coriander powder instead roasting and ground, but this method makes your kuhambu so flavorful and yummy.
Try to add mint leaves, it sure gives some nice flavor and taste to the kuzhambu.
Instead of chicken masala powder you can use garam masala powder(1/2 tsp) or curry masala powder(1 tsp)


  1. Kuzambhu looks simply yummy and mouthwatering. Saying it from the bottom of my heart.

  2. this is something totally new to me.. i will surely give this a shot.. tell me something, for a change if i want to replace mushroom, what can i do it with??

    1. you can very well use mixed vegetables, potato or even chickpeas.

  3. Yummy recipe......luv to have it with white rice!!

  4. veru inviting kozhambu :) Looks superb . I don't have mushrooms but the gravy part is so yummy looking !!:)

  5. Beautiful looking curry Sangeetha!

  6. wow yummy kuzhambu,i love the kalan recipes...yum!

  7. delicious kulambu, looks very tempting.

  8. Love mushrooms in any form. Love this kuzhambu of yours. Very inviting. Will definitely try it out.

  9. Super Kuzhambu.aaha poritha muttaiudan supero super.

  10. Very yummy and delicious Mushroom gravy

  11. inviting mom loves it

  12. Mushroom with any combination i love it..

  13. I have heard abt this but never tried or tasted. urs is looking yum. Must try once :) Lovely clicks as always

  14. Love that grinding part Sangee, can guess the flavour of this kuzhambu from here..Very delicious and fingerlicking gravy.

  15. Superb curry dear R loves mushroom so i have to try this one :)

  16. wow...super healthy treat for your way of serving...hope its egg by side :)

  17. one tempting and fingerlicking kalan kuzhambu...

  18. looks so tempting and lovely clicks !!

  19. The gravy looks so good. Yum with butter naan

  20. should we dry roast one by one

    1. No you can roast all the ingredients together but if you have time and patience then do it one by one :) roasting the ingredients one by one will give you perfect roasting and flavorful kuzhambu.


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