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Onion Kolambu

Small onions curry
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Tamil
Servings 4 people


  • 250 gm Small onions Kunjulli
  • 1 1/2 cups Tamarind juice Puli
  • 2 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 4 - Red chillies Kollamulaku
  • 1 tbsp Bengal gram Kadalaparippu
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida Kayam
  • 1 cup Coconut grated
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tsp Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt As reqd


  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan or a kadai.
  • Fry the coriander seeds, red chillies, asafoetida, pepper and Bengal gram.
  • Add the coconut and fry till reddish in colour.
  • Allow it to cool and grind it to a paste.
  • Peel the small onions and chop them finely.
  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan or a kadai and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. When mustards crackle, add the small onions and fry well for 5 mins.
  • Add turmeric powder and the ground masala and stir on low heat till the oil oozes out.
  • Add the tamarind juice with 1/2 cup water and simmer.
  • Add salt and allow it to boil.
  • Cook till the raw smell of the tamarind goes and the kolambu thickens.
  • :- Serve hot with rice and pappad.
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