Masala Kozhambu

This recipe is an all time favourite in my home.  Actually this recipe is like handing over the tradition to the daughter-in-law.  And my MIL has done with her job of handing it over to me, perfectly.

Since S and my girls just love it, and prefer to eat it for lunch, dinner and even next day, it’s a delight to make it for them and see that happy smile and finger-licking gud comments from them.

So, here it is :



Carrots (cut into small pieces) – 1 cup

Beans (cut into small pieces) – 1 cup

Cauliflower (cut into small pieces) – 1 cup

Potatoes boiled  – 5 medium-sized

Green peas – ½ cup

Onions (finely chopped) –  6 onions medium-sized

Garlic cloves – 8

For the Masala:

Cinnamon (Dalchini) – 1” stick

Cardamom (Elaichi) – 4

Aniseed (Saunf) – 1 tsp

Cloves (Lavang) – 6

Poppy seeds (Khus Khus) – 2 tsp

Fried grams (Putnal) – 1 handful

Red chillies – 10 to 12


– Dry fry these masalas in a pan and allow it to cool. Then grind it into a powder. Add the garlic cloves and grind again.

– Pressure cook the carrots, beans, green peas and cauliflower with a little salt.

– In a heavy bottomed pan, pour 3-4 tbsp of oil. When the oil is hot, add 1 tsp mustard and let it pop. Now add 2 tsp of broken urid dal and add the finely chopped onions and fry it till light brown.

– Now the ground masala powder and let flavours arise.

– Add the cooked vegetables, crumble the boiled potatoes in big pieces.

– Sprinkle salt as required.

– Add 1 glass of water and allow it simmer for 5 to 10 mins.

This recipe is very nutritive as it includes a lot of vegetables in it.

Masala Kozhambu is a great with chappathis and puris.

Also, it tastes very well with hot rice and papads – this combo is the favourite at home.


20 Replies to “Masala Kozhambu”

  1. Isnt this similar to bhaji of pao bhaji..I tried this at home few weeks back and it turned out delicious…your extra part is masala fry and grind into powder..I will try out with this modification.. 😉


  2. Recipe is very similar to what I prepare at home, minus the garlic! 🙂
    It’s always delicious na?

    We have a different name for this in Kannada, I’m erally not too sure what that is!


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