Poppy seeds-buttermilk gravy (Gasgase tambli)

Gas gase or khus khus or poppy seeds are supposed to have a cooling effect on the body. Until recently, I had not seen any recipes which had this spice as the main ingredient. I heard about these for the first time from my Kannada colleagues. I found this recipe in a Kannada book, since I love tamblis (they are fast, easy and tasty), I prepared this. It tasted great, a very nice change to everyday gravies.

1/2 cup poppy seeds
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract
3-4 red chillies
1 cup yogurt
A pinch turmeric
1″ piece ginger

Roast poppy seeds for few minutes(this step is optional but gives a nice aroma).
Grind to a smooth paste with ginger, red chillies, tamarind, turmeric, salt.
Cook the paste for few minutes. Now take off the heat and add well beaten yogurt(this can be done after the paste cools to room temperature). Do not heat/reheat after adding yogurt.
Serve with rice.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 10mins

18 thoughts on “Poppy seeds-buttermilk gravy (Gasgase tambli)”

  1. Shilpa,
    ghase ghase is also used in making payasa and amma used to make very often during summer. may be i should get hold of that recipe from her.

    Shilpa: Yes Sia. I have heard so much about gasgase paysa. Will wait for the recipe.

  2. hi shilpa,

    I make many varieties of tambuli since i love it and its very healthy too….i have so many posts of tambuli pending….refreshed after a short break from the blogging scene…should come out with the recipes sometime…..meanwhile i will def give this kind a try for sure…


  3. Poppy seeds are quite a routine additive in sweet Kheers made during ceremonial lunches. It is not only soothing but has an excellent soporific effect.

    Thanks for the Tambli suggestion. Any tambli is always welcome. Quite a few ladies around Bangalore, South Kanara use green leaves of Cauliflower, White radish (tender though) for making tambliees.

  4. Looks like a very nice Tambli, Shilpa.
    Have got to try this one..

    Tamblis are normally not cooked. if it is cooked, it becomes a kadhi. Wonder how it will taste if not cooked.

    Did you serve it hot or cold with the rice ?

    thanks for a new Tambli recipe-love all of them.

    Shilpa: Chetna, here yogurt/buttermilk is not cooked. In this case, since poppy seeds are roasted, I think it will taste good even if the paste is not cooked. It is served cold(room temperature).Tamblis can have one or more cooked ingredients. I updated post for more clarification

  5. Hi Shilpa,

    Have u heard of mor kuzhambu, that they do in the south? Actually, i wanted a version without the coconut in it and i think i have found it here. Will try it out. Thanks.

  6. Hi Shilpa,

    Your recipes are very good..I have tried some and my husband and I have always appreciated the outcome!! :).

    Regarding the above recipe, my husband has an allergy to milk products, so I cannot use yoghurt.Is there an alternative? will Soya yoghurt taste the same?

    Shilpa: Sweta, I have never tasted/used soya yogurt, so don’t know how it will taste in this. I am very sorry. But if you have prepared any other tamblis with the soya yogurt, it will work for this too.

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