clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Chettinad Summa Kuzhambu

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Recipe for chettinad style summa kuzhambu. A curry made without any veggies and can be made very quickly. With step by step pictures.


  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil (gingely oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 12 Indian shallots (chinna vengayam)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon kuzhambu milagai thool ( or sambar powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • a small lime size tamarind
  • 1/4 cup cooked toor dal
  • 1 teaspoon jaggery powder


  1. Heat sesame oil in a pan till hot. Add in the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds. Let the seeds splutter.
  2. Add in the chopped Indian shallots and chopped garlic. Add in the curry leaves. Fry for 3-4 minutes until the shallots are soft. Add in the chopped tomatoes and the salt. Fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add in the kuzhambu milagai thool and coriander powder. If you dont have kuzhambu milagai thool, you can use sambar powder. Add in 1/4 cup of water and let it simmer for five minutes.
  4. Add in the tamarind pulp and the cooked toor dal. Simmer for 10 minutes more. Add in a teaspoon of jaggery in the end and switch of the flame. Serve hot with rice.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Curry
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu