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Milagu varutha puli

simple palakkad style tangy curry made with tamarind, small onion and red chilli
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala cuisine
Keyword: curry for rice, south indian curry, south indian recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jinoo Jayakrishnan
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  • 1 lemon sized Tamarind - soaked in 3 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup small onions - chopped/sliced
  • 2-3 no Red chillies - broken
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt - to taste


  • Soak tamarind in 3 cups warm water before starting to cook
  • Preheat the pan, add coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds.
  • when it crackles, add Fenugreek seeds and saute it in simmer until it turns slightly brown.
  • further add curry leaves, red chilli and sliced onions. saute until onions turn slightly brown.
  • Squeeze out the Tamarind water and filter it. Add the filtered tamarind water to the pan and bring it to a boil.
  • Put off when it comes to a rolling boil. Serve hot with Rice and chammanthi.



  • Optionally, you can add urad dal and chana dal while tempering. 
  • Also, some recipes call for chopped green chilies and garlic along with red chilies. But that is optional.