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Milagu Kuzhambu - Pepper Kuzhambu

Milagu kuzhambu is a delicious, flavorful south Indian gravy with black peppercorns, curry leaves and few more medicinal spices. No onion no garlic recipe, vegan recipe.
Pepper kuzhambu is a traditional recipe where black peppercorns are ground with few spices and simmered with tamarind pulp. It stays good for a week in refrigerator and tastes good with rice, dosa, idli
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: milagu kuzhambu, pepper kuzhambu
Servings: 3
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Harini


Grind to a smooth paste:

  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 table spoon urad dal
  • 1 1/2 table spoon gram dal
  • 1 teaspoon toor dal
  • 3-4 dried red chilies
  • 15-20 curry leaves
  • Small lemon size tamarind

Other ingredients for kuzhmbu

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1 small piece jaggery
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 cups water


  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil. Fry all the ingredients mentioned under "grind to a smooth paste" until color changes slightly.
    frying black peppercorns and lentils for milagu kuzhambu
  • Cool and grind to a smooth paste.
    ground spice paste pepper kuzhambu
  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a kadai. Temper with mustard and curry leaves.
    frying mustard seeds and curry leaves for making kuzhambu
  • Add the ground paste and saute well.
    sauteing ground paste in oil for pepper kulambu
  • Add tamarind extract, 1 cup water and mix without an lumps. Cook for 5 minutes.
    cooking milagu kuzhambu
  • Add salt and jaggery, cool till the gravy thickens well. Serve with rice.
    thick milagu kuzhambu


Milagu kuzhambu should be thicker than other kuzhambus.
You can add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds along with other ingredients for grinding.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 140mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg