May 6, 2013

Ajwain Gravy

Ajwain/omum has many medicinal values.I had a pack of ajwain in my store cubboard, i thought i will prepare some gravy with tamarid.We use only 1/4 tsp ,if you use more than this it will be very overpowering.All the flavours should be very mild,this is not a spicy dish.

Serve Kulambu with hot rice ,pappad and Avial.It taste delicious.

Duration- 30min

  1. Tomato-1,small,cut into cubes
  2. Greenchilly-2,slit
  3. Ginger - 1/4 tsp,grated or ground
  4. Curry leaves- 2 string
  5. Turmeric powder-1/4tsp 
  6. Hing-1/4 tsp
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Tamarid paste- 1 small gooseberry size ,soak  and extract the juice.
  9. Gingelly oil- 3 tbsp
  10. Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
  11. Jaggery/Palm Sugar-1/4 tsp
 To Grind
  1. Ajwain- 1/ 4tsp
  2. Coriander seeds-2 tsp
  3. Pepper- 1/4 tsp
  4. Jeera - 1 tsp
  5. Rice- 1/4 tsp
  6. Red chilly- 2 
 Dry roast each of them separately and dry grind them into smooth powder , bit coarse.

  1. Heat  oil  in  a kadai,add the mustard seeds ,when it splutters and greeenchilly ,ginger paste and curryleaves and leave it for 2 sec.
  2. Add the tomato ,hing,turmeric and salt  when it turns pulpy            
  3. Add the strained tamarid juice and a cup of water.
  4. Allow it to boil for 10min in  medium flame till the raw smell goes.
  5. Now add the ground powder and let it boil for 3min.
  6. Keep it in simmer for 5 min,so that the oil floats.
  7. Add the jaggery/palm sugar ,give it a stir and remove from heat.
  8. Serve with hot rice and pappad. 
  1.  It should be neither too spicy,do adjust according to your taste.
  2. Dont increase the ajwain ,it has quite strong odor ,the kids might not prefer them.
  3. Jaggery/Palm Sugar is a must as it will balance the taste.
  4. If you want it to be more spicy try adding pepper alone more.


  1. Very new to me Meena I have not made Ajwain gravy, looks very delicious. But I remeber my mom making marundhu kuzhambu which will include this, but your version is entirely different.
    Thank you very much for sharing.

  2. Superb flavors and can't take my eyes away from the thick gravy. That spicy touch is heavenly and yes with rice.

  3. Looks fabulous.. I am learning new recipes from awesome bloggers like you.

  4. Never heard about this..very interesting gravy..will try and let you know....
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  5. love the clicks , guess it would have really flavorful gravy

  6. Completely new dish to me. Delicious

  7. New recipe to me,very interesting gravy!!

  8. Ajwain saved me at critical times of mine, my son was born and there was no milk for him that i could give him. My mother in law made me drink the ajwain water for next 10 hours and afer 10 hours i could feel some liqid flowing down, it was the milk for my baby. I adore ajwain since then. Its a boon :-)

    1. thanks sushmita for sharing your experience will be very helpful for many mothers with new born.I am definitely sharing this with my friend ,who has just delivered a beautiful boy.

  9. wow spicy gravy , i am all in.

  10. Delicious and healthy ajwain gravy!!!

  11. Ajwain gravy is new to me. I need to try. Thanks for sharing with us Meena.

  12. Wow......Meena, very luscious look of your gravy. A new recipe to me, yummy and delicious.

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  13. Interesting and delicious gravy !!

  14. Yummy and flavourful ajwain gravy! :)

  15. very different gravy and this gravy has all the gudness .. thank you for sharing such an yummy and interesting gravy dear:)

  16. Flavorful and healthy curry dear

  17. Different and healthy gravy. Must try.

    1. Do try it Shailaja and let me know whether you liked it.

  18. Healthy gravy....loos very comforting...should have been wonderful with the avial :)

  19. Delicious, my MIL makes a slightly different version and we love it. Will try your recipe soon.

    1. Thanks for your lovely comments,please do try and let me know how it turned out.

  20. Bursting flavors and an aromatic one.good for health as well..Very yummy dear Meena.
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  21. New to me.. Looks delicious and mouthwatering Meena :-)

  22. sounds new to me meena.. will try it..

  23. Thank you for stopping by my space Meena, i appreciate it and happy to follow you on your wonderful space :)

  24. Sound very new to me.. Yummy and nice clicks.. Thanks for sharing..