Paruppu urundai kuzhambu

Paruppu urundai kuzhambu , Lentil dumplings cooked in tamarind water and chilli spices. It is good to have with steamed rice, idli or dosa. It’s a special south Indian vegetarian recipe to have for lunch.


To make Lentil balls(Urundai) :
Channa dal(kadalai paruppu) – ½ cup
Red chilies – 4 nos
Saunf(fennel seeds) – ½ tsp
Hing( Perungayam) – a generous pinch
Salt- 1 tsp
Onion – ½ cup( finely chopped)
Coriander leaves – ¼ cup (finely chopped)
For Kuzhambhu:
Big onions or shallots – ½ cup (chopped)
Garlic flakes – 10 nos
Tomatoes – ½ cup(Chopped)
Tamarind – lemon size
Kuzhambhu chili powder – 2 tbsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves – handful( chopped)
Salt – as needed
To temper:
Oil – 4 tbsp
Mustard – 1 tsp
Fenegreek seeds – ½ tsp
Curry Leaves – few springs


Step 1

1. Soak channa dal in water for one hr.

Step 2

2. In a mixer, add red chili and fennel seeds, give a quick grind for coarse level.

Step 3

3. Drain soaked channa dal,add in a mixer. Grind it to coarse level. Do not grind it to finer level.

Step 4

4. In a bowl, add chopped onions, coriander leaves, grounded channa mix , hing and salt. Mix all together , pinch a small portion and make it as round ball, Do the same for remaining

Step 5

5. Arrange the lentil balls in idli plate and steam it for ten minutes and cool in a plate.

Step 6

6. Soak tamarind water for 10 mins, squeeze and drain the water.

Step 7

7. Mix chili powder, coriander powder, kuzhambhu chili powder, salt and coriander leaves in tamarind water and keep aside.

Step 8

8. Heat a wok, add oil, then add mustard and fenugreek. Once it start spluttering, add chopped onions and garlic flakes. After it starts turning golden color, add chopped tomatoes and sauté till it becomes mushy.

Step 9

9. Add tamarind water mixture to it. After it starts boiling, add steamed lentil balls. Cook until the gravy becomes thick. Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.

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