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Thursday, March 29, 2012


paruppu urundai kuzhambu, Iyengar paruppu urundai kuzhambu


For paruppu urundai:
  • Toor dhal - 1 cup (1/2 cup bengal gram and 1/2 cup tur dal can also be used)
  • Dry red chillies - 3 or 4
  • Rice flour - 1 tablespoon
  • Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
  • Salt - as per taste
Other ingredients for kuzhambu:
  • Tamarind - lemon sized ball
  • Sambhar powder - 1 1/2 tsp.
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
  • Gingelly oil - 2 tsp.
  • Hing
To temper:
  • Ghee - 1 tsp.
  • Gingelly oil
  • Mustard 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 with salt. Add rice flour, curry leaves, mix well and shape into small balls. Keep aside.
For the kuzhambu:
  • Soak tamarind in 3 cups of water and extract juice from it. 
  • In a kadai, pour in the tamarind extract, salt, turmeric powder and hing. When it boils, add sambhar powder. Allow it to boil till the raw smell is diffused. 
  • When it starts boiling, 'simmer the stove' and add the balls (koftas) one by one gently. 
  • Now, cook in 'medium flame' until the balls float on top ( approx. 6-7 minutes). By this time, the tamarind water will also thicken.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Serve hot with rice.
NOTE: Do not put all the balls at the same time. Put only 3 to 4 balls at a time. When it floats on top, repeat the procedure till all the balls are done.

1. Scraped coconut can be added to the ground paste.
2. Onions slightly sauteed can be added to the ground mixture.


  1. Your house thaligai is so similar to ours.. this is how i learnt it too from my Mil :).. we love this one! Super aa irruke .. Unga bday eppdi poche..enjoy pannale aa ?

  2. It is very nice and the picture makes it tempting.This kuzhambu tastes betterafter the lapse of a few hours when fully soaked than hot from the oven

  3. Shanthi, this is totally new to me...yummy recipe..thanks for sharing.

  4. great recipe. I'm not familiar with this type of kozhambu.
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  5. delicious... by the way, did you keep a tray upside down for the background :)

  6. Super kuzhambu, nice preparation..

  7. i have tried to post a comment as many as five times and hve been thrown errors....hope this one goes!
    I love paruppu urundai in kuzhambhu and you have given a great recipe to try here!

  8. this is something new and interesting. nice recipe

  9. I have never made this! Sounds delicious!!

  10. Thanks for dropping in my space.Lovely dish!

  11. Deliciously made paruppu urundai kuzhambu.

  12. My favorite kuzhambu of all! Looks perfectly done :)

  13. yum yum, wat a super tempting dish..

  14. perfect. This is one of my favorite.


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