Thursday, September 16, 2010

Basil & Pepper Curry/ Basil Milagu Kozhambu

I had some left over basil leaves in my fridge after using it for my  Thai Green Curry. I have been thinking of doing Hmm... May be pesto, may be a caprese salad, but never got around to do anything!

My mom said that she was going to make Milagu Kuzhambu, which is basically a spicy pepper and tamarind gravy reduced pretty well to be eaten with rice. So I suggested to her to use the basil leaves in it. Back home mom used to make the same gravy with tons of curry leaves. So why not try with basil!

Well, it tasted so good and I want to share it with you all!

Black Pepper has a lot medicinal values too..Check this out!

Helps to improve digestion, bactericidal and help to fight of cold and cough!
With School being started many kids and adults are fighting off colds and cough now. So here is perfect curry to combat the cold!

Get ready:

  • 1 tsp black pepper corn
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1/8th tsp Hing Asafetida
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Basil leaves a hand full
  • Tamarind a small ping pong ball size
  • 1 cup  warm water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Ghee

For tempering:
1 tsp Oil
1 tsp mustard seeds

Get Going:

  • Soak the tamarind in water for 5 mins and make a thick extract, keep aside.
  • In a pan add 1 tsp ghee and roast the pepper corn, urad dal, channa dal, red chilli and hing till the dals are golden. Turn off the heat and add the basil leaves. It will wilt with the heat in the pan.
  • Transfer to a blender and grind into a paste when cooled.
  • Add the ground paste, turmeric powder, salt to taste to the tamarind extract.If it's too thick add a little water .
  • In the same pan that you roasted the pepper, add some oil. When hot add the mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  • Add the tamarind extract mixture and let it come to a boil.
  • Simmer and cook till the raw smell is gone or the extract reduces to 2/3 rd it's original volume.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Enjoy with rice and a spoon of ghee with any vegetables or papad.
Sendind this to Low oil/ low calorie started by Pari and hosted by mharorajasthanrecipes
and Akila's DNSW B

The Kick from the pepper will wake up all your senses if you are feeling "Blah" in the middle of the week! :))



  1. Perfect and delicious for winter to combat cold ...yummy!

  2. Hi
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  3. Basil in kuzhambu, sounds very yummy and healthy..looks fantastic..

  4. wow very tempting kuzhambu,luks so delicious.

  5. Looks Delicious ....

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  6. wow lovely kuzhambu ..never heard of this before ...thanks for sharing dear


  7. Very interesting n new recipe Priya..innovative use of basil..looks awesome!!

    US Masala

  8. I like your way of cooking gonna try this recipe...

    Tasty appetite

  9. kozhumbu looks soo spicy and its very healthy for itchy throats at the time of cold...


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