Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambhu

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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. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Served AsLunch
Servings 4


  • 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
  • To temper: Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Fenegreek seeds – ½ tsp
  • Curry Leaves – few springs


  • Soak channa dal in water for one hr.
  • In a mixer, add red chili and fennel seeds, give a quick grind for coarse level.
  • Drain soaked channa dal,add in a mixer. Grind it to coarse level. Do not grind it to finer level.
  • 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 
  • Arrange the lentil balls in idli plate and steam it for ten minutes and cool in a plate.
  • Soak tamarind water for 10 mins, squeeze and drain the water.
  • Mix chili powder, coriander powder, kuzhambhu chili powder, salt and coriander leaves in tamarind water and keep aside.
  • 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.
  • 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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