Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu | Urundai Kulambu

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu or Urundai kuzhambu ,a lentil dumpling in tangy tamarind based gravy and it's one of the most favorite curries of us. It tastes great with rice, so usually make this for lunch.  If you're beginner in making this curry, there are few points to note before proceed this, so check the notes section below.
(updated this post on Jun 23,2016, i kept the old photos as it is :-) )

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu

Preparation Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 25 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
For Paruppu urundai
Channa Dal - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1/2(finely chopped)
Green chili - 2 (chopped,Optional) 
Curry leaves - 1 strand
Oil - 1 tbsp
For Gravy 
Tamarind - 1 inch round ball size(approx)
Pearl onion - 8 nos(chopped)
Tomato - 1(chopped)
Turmeric powder - pinch
Red chili powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves - few
To grind
Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
Cumin seed - 1 tsp
Garlic - 2 small pods
Pearl onion - 2 nos

Soak the channa dal for minimum 1 hr and then grind the dal into fine paste,If needed add few tbsp water.Soak the tamarind for gravy and heat oil in a pan and then add onions .Once the onion become translucent, add the dal paste & salt ,mix well until the moisture evaporates and it becomes a single mass , switch off the flame.Keep the dal mixture in the same pan . When the mixture comes to hand bearable temperature, make small balls and keep it aside. And then chop the onions and tomato for gravy into fine pieces.Heat oil in the pan ,add mustard and urad dal, let the mustard splutter, add onion and fry it , once onion become translucent add tomatoes and fry it for 2 minsThen add tamarind juice extract from soaked tamarind and enough water.Than add all the spices (tumeric & Chili powder) and salt , bring it to boil. In the mean time grind the ingredients under "To grind "  in to fine paste .Once the tamarind water comes to boil, add the coconut paste, and bring to boil.Once the raw smell goes off, add the paruppu urundai  in the gravy and dont stir it for 5 mins (make sure that the gravy should be in boiling stage,otherwise paruppu urundai disintegrate in gravy).Keep the flame in medium for 10 mins  and then add coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
Now the delicious Paruppu urundai kuzhambu is ready.Serve this gravy with steamed rice

  • Make balls from dal when it's warm, if it cools completely, it's difficult to make balls, and also the paruppu urundai disintegrate into kuzhambu when you add it in gravy.
  • Make sure the gravy is little watery  when you add the paruppu urundai,Once the paruppu urundai get cooked it will absorb water and then the gravy will come to right consistency.
  • Grind the dal into fine paste. 
  • Make sure that the gravy is boiling, when you add the paruppu urundai into it.
  • After addind the paruppu urundai, dont stir immediately.

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