Molagu kozhambu (black pepper sauce)

a theraupatic accompaniment

Recipe by lalita iyer of

this is given at mealtimes with rice, to new mothers in s.india and is good esp. in the winter. the pepper is said to promote milk production

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 2 tsp black pepper
    • 2 tsp toovar dal
    • 2 tsp asafotaeda (hing powder)
    • 3 bunches curry leaves
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
    • 2 lemon sized balls of tamarind
    • 1/2 cup sesame (til) oil
    • 1 tsp mustard seeds
    • 2 tsp turmeric powder
    • salt to taste
    • jaggery - a small piece- optional.


    1. Soak tamarind in 400 ml warm water to make a thick extract.
    2. In thick bottomed pan heat a spoon of oil and fry pepper, dal, 1/2 special jeera, hing.
    3. Remove and grind to a very fine paste with curry leaves. in the pan add the rest of the oil, and mustard and jeera when hot.
    4. When seeds burst add tamarind extract and turmeric. simmer till raw tamarind taste boils away.
    5. Add salt to taste. Add paste (and jaggery). Boil for another 5 mins. remove from fire.
    6. This thick sauce becomes thicker on cooling.
    7. Keeps well for 2 days and for a week in the 'fridge. is served with hot rice and always with 2 tsp. ghee.a very small qty is sufficient due to its richness of spice and flavour. Promotes appetite.
    8. if storing in 'fridge, heat op only the quantity to be used immediately.



    Hi ! Nice recipe . Is this also called as Rasam ? Thank U . Black pepper is known as the King of spices . It has anti- inflammatory and antioxidant properties . It's an Energy and Brain booster . Powerful digestive Stimulant . Prevents bacterial growth in our intestines . Alleviates loss of appetite . Enhances metabolism and helps in weight loss . Helps to absorb nutrients better. Induces Sweating and Urination . Helps in the treatment of Influenza (flu) . Pneumonia , Bronchitis , Sinusitus , Arthritis and high cholesterol . Prevents heart burn and helps to control heart beat and blood pressure .