uppu charu1

It is a famous traditional item for us, of kuzhambu/kootu  variety, made with til, gingelly oil (good qty) and other items.  I want to thank my chithi, my mom’s younger sister who is an expert in preparing this. she is next to my mom in cooking, lives in Sivakasi, gave a quick recap of uppu charu when I called her over phone while arranging items for making it.


Raw banana                               1 (I have not shown in photo)

Brinjal                                            3

Sepankizhangu                       3

Avarakkai                                   5

Lady’s finger                             6

Mustard                                       1 ½ spoons

Til                                                   handful

Urad dal                                     handful

Channa dal                              handful

Toor dal                                     handful

Red chilly                                 10

Gingelly oil                             1 small cup

Curry leaves                          1 strip

Methi seeds                            very very small pinch(optional)

Hing                                            very very small pinch(optional)

Salt                                              as required

Rice                                              ½ spoon

Tamarind extract               made from full lime size tamarind.

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  • Dry fry, til, mustard-1 spoon, urad dal, channa dal, toor dal, rice and allow to warm up for making powder. 
  • Fry in little oil, red chillies.
  • Powder all together.
  • Cut all the vegetables of equal size, wash them ,boil and cook well in tamarind water along with salt.
  • Heat oil in kadai, add mustard, half of curry leaves, methi seeds(optional, hing(optional).
  • Transfer the powder to kadai.  When it starts coming up, (may be a minute), transfer the boiled contents of tamarind water with vegetables and allow to boil for few more minutes.
  • Switch off and garnish with curry leaves.

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Very tasty gravy like kuzhambu is ready, which can be taken with white rice and ghee.


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