Sunday, September 18, 2011

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu (Dal dumplings in gravy)

This is yet another traditional recipe from the South Indian household. With a lot of ready to make food and other junk food available in the market, some of the new generation are even growing up not knowing our traditional cuisine and its taste.
Lets promote and ensure that the future generation does not forget our age old Indian recipes.
Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu
Ingredients for the Urundai (Dumpling):

1/2 cup Red gram dal

1/2 cup Bengal gram dal

1 tbsp rice

5 - 6 Dried chillies

Pinch Asafoetida

Pinch Turmeric powder

One small lemon size Tamarind

1 Litre water

Salt to taste

Ingredients for the Kuzhambu(Gravy):

1 - 2 tbsp grated coconut

Few fenugreek seeds

6 - 7 Dried chillies

2 tbsp Black gram dal

1 tsp Dania (Coriander seeds)

1 sp oil to fry

Method to make the dumplings:

1. Soak the Dals and rice for atleast for an hour.

2. Strain the water and grind it along with Asafoetida and chillies.

3. Dont add water while grinding and the batter must be thick.

4. Add salt and turmeric powder and make small urundai (dumplings).

Method for making Kuzhambu (gravy):

1. Fry all ingredients except coconut & tamarind.

2. Let the mixture cool and grind it with coconut.

3. Add 1 lit of water to the tamarind and extract.

4. Take a pan and boil the tamarind extract.

5. Add salt and turmeric and let it boil for some time.

6. Add the ground masala & Let it boil for some time.

7. Put the dumplings into the kuzhambu (gravy) one by one very carefully.

8. Ensure that the dumplings are not stuck to each other.

9. The dumplings will float when cooked.

10. Garnish it with mustard, bengal gram dhal and curry leaves. This may be fried with ghee or coconut oil.

11. You can mix this gravy with rice and have the dumplings as the side dish.



  1. This really looks delicious aunty...will try and post my feedback

  2. interesting recipe...i like the way u organise all ingredients and take a wholesome pic:-)!

  3. @hyma thanx :-)

    @lady do try and post ur feedback !!!

  4. Hi! Yes anything other than desserts will qualify for my event, will be awesome if you can participate!!

    and thanks for visiting my blog.. I love yours! SOme delish recipes!

  5. Thanks Richa! I am sending my mom's entry today but not sure if I have linked it correctly.

  6. yummy yum it came out. It was a good change from everyday sambar. Satish loved it too!! Finally have some time to make more iyengar traditional food. Please post more recipes.