Puli Illa Kuzhambu – Poruthanni

Chetti households make a lot of ‘pathiya samaiyal’.There are varieties of curries made without tamarind or dhal, which are ideal for convalescing people.When you are just out of some illness your appetite is lost and you donot have the  urge to eat well. This type of ‘pathiya samaiyal’ rejuvenates your taste buds and brings back the appetite.Poruthanni is a type of ‘puli illa kuzhambu’ which does not have tamarind and contains lot of jeera,pepper and garlic.It is supposed to be very good for women after their delivery time.You can use drumstick,broadbeans and any other fresh beans in this kuzhambu.We donot make any poriyal/vegetable sidedish when we make this kuzhambu.Since the kuzhambu lacks tamarind the ideal sidedish is some thuvaiyal with tamarind such as varuthu araitha thengai thuvaiyal, pachai kothumalli thuvaiyal, inji thuvaiyal etc.

Reposting this recipe for ‘Herbs and flowers – garlic’ event started by PJ of Seduce your taste buds and hosted by Vardhini of Zesty Palette.

Puli Illa Kuzhambu – Poruthanni


1 cup cut broadbeans

1 drumstick cut into pieces

1 cup mochai payiru/broken beans

20-25 garlic flakes

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

salt as required

To grind:

5-6 red chillies (dry roasted)

3-4 sprigs curry leaves

2 tsp jeera

10-12 black peppercorns

2 tsp mustard

10-12 garlic flakes

2 tsp oil

For tempering:

2 tsp oil

1 tsp jeera

1 tsp mustard


  1. Boil broad beans, drumstick and broken beans in water with salt.
  2. Grind all the ingredients for grinding into a smooth paste.(Only the redchilies should be dryroasted.Other ingredients  should be used raw only.)
  3. Mix the ground paste in 2 cups of water.Add the boiled vegetables.Add turmeric powder and salt as required.
  4. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan.Saute the garlic flakes well and add to the kuzhambu.
  5. Allow the kuzhambu to boil till the raw smell disappears.Allow to simmer for 5 more minutes.
  6. Do the tempering with jeera and mustard.Serve hot with white rice and thuvaiyal.

September 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , . chetti veetu samaiyal, Curry/Gravy, Pathiya samaiyal, Puli Illa Kuzhambu, Sprouts/Legumes.


  1. Vardhini replied:

    This is a new kuzhambu. So flavorful. Thx for linking to the event

  2. hema replied:

    Thanks a lot Vardhini 🙂

  3. loganayaki replied:

    are u from madurai?…i was searching for these receipes long since….thanks for yourpost…pls post more of chetti receipes…

    • hema replied:

      Hi Loganayaki,
      Thank you ..Actually my husband is a native of madurai and after marriage I learnt these recipes from my MIL.
      I have posted some other chetti recipes also..check them out..will post some more recipes too..

      • loganayaki replied:

        The same here….my husband is also from Madurai. yesterday he was asking me to cook poruthanni and i searched for this receipe. Luckily i found yours. Tomorrow i will make this receipe and let you know.Actually my MIL also taught me and took notes of it , but unfortunatlly she is ill now and i couldnt not disturb her.Also post receipes like Theeyal, poricha kulambhu and puli kari. thanks 🙂

  4. hema replied:

    Sure Loganayaki, will post about theeyal and other recipes which you asked. Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

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