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Kulambhu karuvadam | traditional south indian recipes

by Jeyashri suresh

Kulambhu karuvadam|Kulambhu Vadam is an authentic Tamil brahmin recipe, made at our houses during summer season. Apart from that we have the practise of making this if a girl is got engaged. Few weeks before wedding we make this karuvadam as it is considered good. I remember the days before my wedding, when i made this in our terrace. Amma prepares the dough and we will be asked to put them in the plastic sheets. Some houses they make during sumangali poojas too.

   This vadam is used in sambars, kootus,vathakulambhu and some people like to eat the fried one with curd rice  too. My mom made this and my nephew clicked the step wise pictures and sent to me.
Few readers asked me to post this this kulambhu vadam recipe and other vadam recipes.  We are travelling to India next week. Will try my best to make it possible.



  Preparation Time : 20 mins+7 hour soaking time | Drying time: 3  days |   Yields : 2 cups(Approx)
     Karamani | Lobia  1/2 cup
     Urad dal       1 Cup
     Red chili  5-6
     Mustard seeds  1 tsp
     Curry leaves   few
     Asafoetida   1/4 tsp
     Salt   As needed


  • Wash and soak the lobia | karamani and the urad dal separately over night or for 7-8 hours. Grind this into a fine paste along with red chilies, asafoetida, salt and curry leaves. Grind karamani and urad dal separately. Mix well now. Add Mustard seeds to this and mix well. The batter should be thick as the Vadai batter. Do not add too much water while grinding. Add very little water.

ingredients-for-kulambhu karuvadam

  • In a  clean,dry plastic sheet make small small balls of the batter. Keep in the open terrace or in the place where you get abundant sun light.
  • The second day you just flip the vadams.  Let this dry in the bright sun light till they become completely dried up. It took 3 days for it to completely dry. After the secon day you can even transfer it to a wide plate and dry it too.


  • Once dried completely, store it in a airtight container. You can store this for an year if handled with dry hands.



  • The reason for soaking and grinding the karamani and urad dal separately is , the karamani gets grind fastly. where as the urad dal takes little time to grind.

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AparnaRajeshkumar June 6, 2014 - 7:26 am

i never knew this .. i will ask amma about this. Nice recipe

Sailaja Damodaran June 6, 2014 - 7:57 am

So you fry & add it to kara kuzhambu? Looks interesting

jeyashri suresh June 7, 2014 - 1:30 am

We add it while tempering the mustard seeds for sambar, vatha kulambhu and kootu too

Prabha vathi November 28, 2019 - 6:11 pm

Try to post some recipe using this kuzhambu vadagam. On what sort of graveys we can use this

Jeyashris Kitchen December 2, 2019 - 2:22 pm

We use in sambar, keerai masiyal and kootu. Right now i don't have stock of kuzhambu vadam to post the recipes. Will post once i get.

Nivedhanams Sowmya June 6, 2014 - 9:05 am

perfect for this season!!! good recipe..

nandoos Kitchen June 6, 2014 - 10:05 am

I have never heard about this. Nice recipe..

Shailaja R June 6, 2014 - 1:25 pm

I know with urad dal only. You combine with lobia. Nice recipe.

Sathya Priya June 6, 2014 - 1:45 pm

i know abt karivadagam ,but not about this.Looks very tempting .

rw07 June 6, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Instead of karamani we add vellai poosanikai

rw07 June 6, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Instead of karamani we add vellai poosanikai

Gayathri srinivasan June 6, 2014 - 6:04 pm

ya we add vellai poosani with this.

Durga Karthik. June 7, 2014 - 12:07 am

New one.

Kalpana Sareesh June 7, 2014 - 3:02 pm

tis is awesome n a keeper.. i never knew its made wit lobia n urad dhal..

roshini June 8, 2014 - 8:39 am

how long should we soak both lobia and urad dal?

annam senthil June 9, 2014 - 8:02 am

Which Karamani White or Black?

Vishnupriya Angarasan June 10, 2014 - 5:27 am

Thanks for posting this. Looking for vengaya vadam.

Ramachandran sujatha April 20, 2017 - 3:04 am

Last year Amma did. Let me also try.


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