Onion Tambli (Kande tamboli/tambli)

This is ‘the most wanted recipe’ of aayisrecipes, because many people had asked me to post this. For no reason I kept it on hold till now. Finally today I thought its the time to post it.

Now let me write something about this dish. This can be either prepared with spring onion or the normal onion. When I was a kid my aayi prepared this with spring onion, which I loved to grow in our garden. Since raw onion is used, this dish is not for those who do not prefer eating raw onion(like me!!). This dish has hardly 2-3 steps, so I can say this is one of the easy-to-do dishes.

Onion or spring onion (chopped) 1/2 cup
Coconut 3/4 cup
Tamarind extract 1/2 tea spn
Red chillies 4-5

Grind together coconut, tamarind and red chillies to a very smooth paste, adding sufficient water.
Mix salt and onions with hand. Add these onions to ground masala and mix well.
Serve with rice. (This gravy is not cooked. So keep it refrigerated. Remove from refrigerator 1/2 an hour before serving).

Serves : 3
Preparation time : 10min

16 thoughts on “Onion Tambli (Kande tamboli/tambli)”

  1. Shaila, I am not aware of ginger-onion tambli. we usually dont put ginger to this tambli.If you know the recipe, pls send it to me, I would love to try it.

  2. The recipe is the same.Mix salt onion and finely cut ginger by hand and add this to the ground masala.This tambali goes very well with rice and fried fish.This recipe is from mangalore.

  3. My mom used to grind the onions with the coconut..
    We also make lasonya tambli – grind the garlic with the coconut. Likewise you can make Tendli Panna Tambli, Shirali salli (Ridge Gourd skin) Tambli, Padwalla biya (seeds of the Snake Gourd) Tambli. However, for the last 3 tamblis we fry hing, jeera and green chilles and fry with the coconut\tamarind. The tendli paan are boiled and ground along with the coconut. The shirali salli and padwal biyyas are fried and ground with the masolu…
    hope you enjoy making them..

  4. I love this dish…but from what I recall, the ladies in my family boiled it to cook the onion, tasted delicious nevertheless!

  5. Hello Shilpa, I am a regular visitor of ur site. Suddenly yesterday night I got craving for Tambli and i knew that can rely on Ur website. Truly u r a life saver… 🙂
    But as far as I remember my mom used to put buttermilk (majjige) in Tambli recipe ….I’m not sure, will check with her.

    Shilpa: Latha, there are few tamblis where buttermilk is not added. This is one of those.

  6. Hello,

    I maintain a web site for Indians living in Wisconsin – http://WisIndians.com
    This is a community web site where we provide all the latest news, event details etc etc to the Indian community. We also have the recipe of the week section where we post the recipe given by various community
    members. We post them with their name (check at http://wisindians.com/OtherResources/Receipes.aspx).

    I would like to know if we can post some of the recipe from you on our web site with your name like what we do for others.

    Let us know, if you are OK we might start putting some of the recipes (one per week) from next week as we have a recipe for this week on hand.

    Best Regards,

  7. i am new to cooking and have a goal of learning amchigeele dishes this year,…just curious..no masala is required?, the coriander, cumin, garam masala etc.. of the world?

    Also, what kind of grinder you use?…i have a blender thats typically used to prepare drinks…i used that one..but the consistency was not as nice and the coconut was a bit crunchy..

    Finally, Huge thanks shilpa! – reminds me of my grandma everytime i try these recipes.


    – Sameer

    Shilpa: I have Sumeet mixer. I had used blender before buying this mixer, but yes, the blender does not make it so fine.

  8. Hi Shilpa,

    Onion tambali reminded of my mother who used to cook it very well. I am a very big fan of ur receipes. God bless u.

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