Apr 1, 2009


Chintachiguru -- young tamarind leaves Ihave to tell a big thanks to my mom for this. she purchased fresh young tamarind leaves and cleaned and washed them and dry them in the shade for some time and packed in small plastic bags and she stored them in the fridge.
in the fridge they become dry and looks like this.you can make a powder with this dry leaves and store in a bottle these leaves will stay for 1 year in the fridge.
and you can use these leaves for kheema curry, fish curry and even for dal(chintachiguru pappu) check my dal recipe here .
And chintachiguru dishes are most favorites in Andhra people. And now it is time for young tamarind leaves I think.

Goruchikkudu kayalu (guvar beans, cluster beans, kotthavarai) --- 200gms
Young tamarind leaves (dry or fresh) ---100
Onion – 1 big chopped
Green chilies --- 3 cut in to small pieces
Ginger garlic paste --- 1 tea sp
Red chili powder --- 1 tea sp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tea sp
Salt to taste
Oil --- 2 tab sp
Mustard seeds --- 1/2 tea sp
Urad dal – 1 tea sp
Cumin seeds – 1 tea sp
Dry red chili – 1 brokenCurry leaves a few

Curry leaves a few

Wash cluster beans well and cut in to small pieces and add 1 cup water and1/4 tea sp salt and cook till beans become soft remove from heat and drain extra water and leave a side.
Take dry young tamarind leaves and grind them in to a powder, or if you are using fresh leaves then clean, wash and just crush with hand.
Now heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds and let them popup then add urad dal, broken dry red chilies, cumin seeds, curry leaves let them fry for a while.
Then add chopped onion and green chilies and fry till onion become soft.
Now add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, and stir once and then add tamarind leaves, red chili powder and cooked cluster beans, salt to taste (check the taste and add salt here because we add salt when we are cooking the beans) mix well and add 1/4 cup water, stir in between and cook till water evaporates.
Make sure there is no water left in the curry and then remove from heat and serve hot.
Serve hot with rice or rotis

And also you can cook this in a pressure cooker for that what you need to do is.

Heat presure cooker pan and add mustard seeds and let them popup then add urad dal, cumin seeds, redchili pieces and curry leaves then add chopped onion and green chilies and fry till onion become soft.

Now add ginger garlic paste stir once and then add cluster beans pieces, tamarind leaves powder or fresh leaves,salt to taste, turmeric powder, and 1/4 cup water and cook for 2 whistles.

Remove from heat and let it cool and open check if there is any water left again bring back to heat and cook in a high flame till all water evaporates and then remove from the heat and serve.

this is the easy way to cook this curry I think

in this way no need to cook cluster beans before.


jayasree said...

I have a podi recipe with tamarind leaves. Never knew u cld dry it and use it in curries. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Priya Suresh said...

Rekha, never heard of this curry, looks yummy n quite interesting..thats so nice of ur mom na!!u know wat i even never seen the young tamarind leaves yet, its completely new to me..

Indian Khana said...

Hey the pics are cool...looks very nice...and so the curry dear

bhavani said...

i like this chintachiguru all varieties. how can bring this just now i knew. thank u padma.

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely delicious curry

Rajee said...

Never heard. Yummy and inviting.

notyet100 said...

thnks for the tip to preserve tamaind leaves,..never knw could prepae curry with them,..thnks fo sharin rekha,..;-)

Deepthi Shankar said...

this one os very new to me.. looks delicious Rekha

Lavanya said...

rekha..your recipe is killing me..i am craving for chinthachiguru now..i am missiing alot here :(
curry looks fabuous dear!!

Deepa Hari said...

Lovely combo Rekha...looks delicious and inviting.

Pooja said...

Never got this idea of bringing dry chintachiguru rekha...Thanks for it..Love all the dishes made with this...Curry is looking yummy rekha..

Chutneytales said...

Wow..this is new to me..Never knew that one can use tamarind leaves for cooking..Looks so yummy!

Poornima Nair said...

This is something new...looks delicious.

Manju said...

wow! tamarind leaves?!! that is something new to me..but i can totally imagine how it will tste in dal or other curries!!!

Cham said...

I learn something new, The leaf is prepared in dish! Looks so good Rekha!

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Very new to me. Never knew that we tamarind leaves can be used for cooking. Looks fantastic.

lubnakarim06 said...

Chintachiguru is my favourite....I can have with dal and meat....This combo sounds yum.......

CurryLeaf said...

love the unique dish and the leaves.I have never worked with tam leaves

L.Goswami said...

Thanks for the recipe.