Mixed veg kulambu

Mixed vegetable kulambu( kadambha kulambu) is a curry with mixed vegetables like bitter gourd, yellow pumpkin and ladies finger. This kulambu is our family’s favourite and we prepare this usually on ammavasaya (no moon day). It has all the tastes of  life bitterness from bitter gourd, sourness from tamarind and sweetness from pumpkin. When I was a kid, our whole family unite on the ammavasaya day, we meet our cousins, moms all cook together, we sit in the floor and eat the food served in banana leaves, eat- chat with our blood relations and it was fun. I used to hate this kulambu that time but later on when I grew up understood how healthy and the mixture of taste it blends with also the memories it bring… every dish has a story like every saree has its own story.  My kids love to have it with rice and papad. Do try this curry and enjoy with your family.

PREP TIME : 20 minutes

COOK TIME : 30 minutes

CUISINE : South Indian

COURSE : Sidedish

YIELD : 4 servings


Bitter gourd – 150 gm

Ladies finger – 100 gm

Yellow pumpkin – 150 gm

Coconut grated – 90 gm

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Sambar powder – 1 & 1/2 tsp

Tamarind – a small lemon size

Salt as required

To temper  :

Sesame oil – 5 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Sprigs of curry leaves

Methi seeds – 1/4 tsp

Red chillies – 2no.

Asafoetida – 2 pinches


Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan add chopped ladies finger saute until half cooked and keep it aside.

In same pan add chopped bitter gourd and saute untill cooked and keep it aside.

In another pan add 2 glasses of water, add chopped pumpkins, turmeric powder and close it. Let it cook.

Meanwhile take grated coconut in a mixer jar and grind it to a very fine paste using little water.

Once the pumpkins are cooked, add the sauted veggies and ground coconut.

Add sambar powder, tamarind extract, salt and adjust water accordingly.

Allow it to boil well, check for the taste and  stop the flame.

Finally heat 2tbsp oil, temper mustard seeds, methi seeds, curry leaves, red chillies and asafoetida.

Add in the tempered mixture to the pan.

Mixed vegetable kulambu is now ready to serve with rice.


You can also add  carrots and broad beans to this kulambu.

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