Thursday, February 26, 2009

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu/Lentils Dumplings In Tamarind Gravy

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu is just the steamed lentils dumplings cooked in tamarind gravy, this steamed dumplings absorbs the tangy taste of tamarind gravy n tastes really delicious..this is my mom's signature dish, she used to prepare whenever we feel like having something tangy without any special side dish coz this lentils dumplings goes very well as even side dish for any rice dishes, splly for rasam n curd rice, we used to call this gravy as 2 in 1 gravy when we were kids...This Kuzhambu tastes really divine after a day as side dish for idlies, dosas also for rotis...Needless to say this is one of my favourite dish.

For Lentils Dumplings:
1cup Channa dal
1no Onion chopped
2nos Green chillies chopped
1/2tsp Fennel seeds
1/4cup Grated coconut
1tsp Ginger pieces
1/4tsp Salt
5nos Curry leaves

For Gravy:
1cup Tamarind juice
1no Onion chopped
1no Tomato chopped
5nos Garlic cloves (crushed)
1tsp Redchilly powder
1tsp Coriander powder
1/4cup Coconut milk
1/2tsp Mustard seeds+fenugreek seeds
Curry leaves

Soak the channa dal in water for atleast 2hours...wash thoroughly n grind the soaked channa dal with fennel seeds n salt  into coarse paste, add the chopped onion pieces,chopped green chilly pieces, ginger pieces, curry leaves and grated coconut, mix everything well with ur fingers, take a small portion and roll them as small lemon size, finish everything as small lemon size balls, meanwhile heat a cup of water in pressure cooker n place the lemon sized channadal balls over a plate and steam cook as we do for idlies upto 10 minutes..
Keep aside n let them cool..

Heat enough oil in a kadai, add the mustardseeds n fenugreek seeds, let them splutters, add the onion pieces, crushed garlic,curry leaves n tomato pieces , saute everything until they get cooked, add the tamarind juice with redchilly powder, coriander powder and salt (dont add much salt,as we have already added salt in the dumplings, if salt is not enough can also add them before putting off the stove),once they starts boiling add the coconut milk n put in simmer..let them boil for few minutes, add the steam cooked dumplings to the boiling tamarind gravy, cook everything for 10 minutes, check for salt and put off the stove...

Serve hot with hot steaming rice n fried papads!!


  1. Wow! Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu is looking great. I have also been planning this for sometime now. But yet to make it.

  2. This is a new dish for me....looks really delicious and must have tasted tangy and spicy

  3. ummm inviting pic and lovely recipe priya

  4. Omg..Priya,this is my first fav dish ..i can have this three times a day..Paruppu urundai kuzhambu is made at least once in a week in our home and yours looks like the one made in my home..yummy..

  5. Looks delicious, love the color of the gravy. Healthy too, good one! :)

  6. This is one of my favorite dishes. I just like everything about it.

  7. i luv paruppu urundai kozhumbu...

    thanks for sharing

  8. my fav dish. looks yummy & healthy dish ..

  9. I planned this kuzhambu for the mela but my version is not based in tamarind. My favo kuzhambu, perfect!

  10. Seeing for the first time..can imagine the taste..nutritoius too.

  11. yummy dish... and I love the colour that you have got :)

  12. lentil dumplings looks very delicious Priya ...this dish is new to me thanks for sharing this recipe

  13. Paruppu urundai kuzhambhu looks fabulous! Nice entry! Lovely and Yummy!

  14. wow it sounds like kofta but it is very different than that..i love the flavour of imli it must have been tasted awesome..

  15. dumplings drenched in that tamarind sauce will be so so delightful..!!!

  16. nice kuzhambu.. i have tried only once. it does taste delicious.. just like koftas in the gravy.

    i enjoyed annul malae song from ur music player.. good song indeed.

  17. I have to try all your soup recipes. I love soup and what you have here is different than anything else I have seen. I have a barbecue blog, but that is not the only kind of cooking I do. You have a wonderful blog. Best to you and your family!

    BBQing Tips From Deep In The Heart Of Oregon

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  19. Deliciour urundai kuzhambu priya!!:)


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