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Thursday, December 29, 2011



Toor dhal - 1 cup
Dry red chillies - 3 or 4
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 2 tsp.
Tamarind - half the size of lemon
Rasam powder - 1 1/2 tsp.
Tomato - 1 big
Coriander leaves - for garnishing

To temper:
Ghee - 1 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Curry leaves - a sprig


For the urundais (balls):
Soak toor dhal and red chillies in water for 1 hour. Drain the water completely and grind to a coarse paste alongwith salt. Heat oil, add this paste and saute well till the colour changes and well cooked. Alternatively, you can steam in idli plates for 10 minutes. 
When cool, shape into small balls. Keep aside.

For the rasam:
Grind tomato to puree. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of water and extract juice from it. In a deep vessel, add pureed tomato, tamarind extract, salt, and hing.  When it boils,
 add rasam powderAllow it to boil till the raw smell is diffused.  Now add 3 1/2 cups of water. When it is slightly hot, "simmer the stove" and add the balls (koftas) one by one gently. Now, cook in "medium flame" till the balls float on top ( approx. 6-7 minutes).

Transfer to a serving dish and temper with the given ingredients. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot.  


  1. Tasted paruppu urundai kuzhambu but this is new to me. Looks good.

  2. yummy ...love paruppu urundai..Happy New year akka

  3. paruppu urundai in rasam makes me drool..luvly recipe..bookmarking it..

  4. Omg,akka love this paruppu urundai rasam,definitely a comforting food..

  5. This is similar to our rasa vada which we get in Trivandrum....love it...happy new year dear.

  6. its very new to me. looks yummy..

  7. Very comforting and homely looking rasam

  8. it kind of reminds me of the rasa vadai we get in kerala made of thick masala vada

  9. I make parupu urundai mor kuzhambu and puli kuzhambu but now rasam is worth trying.
    indu srinivasan

  10. Such a delicious and comforting dish,its been ages since I had this one,will try it soon.Wish you a very Happy New Year.

  11. My very very fav one.. I can have this without rice as a snack itself..i am droooooooooooling...

  12. What an interesting recipe it looks delicious.

  13. I have heard of paruppu urundai kuzhambu and is often being made.Paruppu urundai rasam is novel.I have requested my daughter to make this.The picture as usual with you is very appealing.

  14. Heard paruppu urundai kuzhambu this is very new to me...Looks very yummy...happy new year!!!!

  15. you have got an amazing collection of Tamil recipes i'll definitely try some out........
    Happy New Year Shanthi !!!

  16. Gosh must try unique mouth watering recipe.Happy New Year to you and your family.

  17. Shanti Aunty can u pls send me the handwritten notes for postpartum care..I delivered baby boy recently.. It will be very useful for me.. Thanks in advance

  18. Wish you and family a very happy new year:-)
    Lovely combo ..Paruppu urundai and rasam:-)

  19. I tried a similar recipe from another blog and loved it. This one looks great too. Can the lentil balls be made with some other lentils too ?


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