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Paruppu urundai kuzhambu

Paruppu Urundai kuzhambu, a very popular South Indian gravy recipe with step-by-step pictures and tips to make perfect urundais.

Paruppu urundai kuzhambu is nothing but steamed dal dumplings are cooked in tamarind gravy. Unlike Sambar, we are not adding cooked dal to the gravy. Steamed dal dumplings are added to a vatha kuzhambu style gravy.

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu, my mom makes during our childhood days, but I never used to eat it. But slowly I started loving it after I got married. The main tip I got from my mom for making urundai kuzhambu is, we should not add water while grinding the dal mixture.

The mixture should be made into a tight ball and steamed well. Adding more of toor dal and less of chana dal gives soft paruppu urundais. Paruppu urundai is a protein-rich South Indian gravy.

You can also check out Paruppu urundai rasam, Bonda mor kuzhambu, Karuveppilai kuzhambu, Poondu kuzhambu

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Paruppu urundai kuzhambu recipe

Popular South Indian gravy with steamed dal dumplings
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword South indian gravy, South Indian lunch recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3
Author Jeyashri suresh

Ingredients

For making urundai (10 urundais)

  • ¼ cup Toor dal
  • 1 tbsp chana dal
  • 2 red chili
  • 6 small onions | Shallots
  • Salt as needed
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida

For making the gravy

  • 3 cups thin tamarind extract from lemon sized tamarind
  • 2 tsp sambar powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • Few curry leaves

Instructions

  • Wash and soak the dals together for 45 minutes.
  • Drain the water completely and grind it into a slightly coarse paste by adding red chili, salt and asafoetida to this.
  • Peel the skin of the shallots and finely chop them and mix it to the ground dal mix.
  • Adding onions is optional but it gives softness and nice taste to the paruppu urundai.
  • You can even add ½ tsp of fennel seeds to this.
  • Grease your hands and make small tight balls.
  • If the balls are loose, the urundais will break after steaming.
  • Grease the idli plate and arrange the urundais on it and steam it for 12 to 15 minutes on medium flame.
  • Insert a tooth pick to check out whether it is done.
  • In a pan, add sesame oil and add the mustard seeds.
  • When it splutters add the tamarind extract and add the turmeric powder, salt, sambar powder, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  • When it starts boiling simmer the flame and add the steamed paruppu urundais carefully to the boiling gravy one by one.
  • Do not stir the gravy after adding the urundais.
  • Let this boil till it reaches a kulambu (gravy) consistency.
  • It should be slightly thicker than the sambar.
  • Serve with hot rice. Normally we mix the gravy with hot rice and keep he urundais as accompaniment.
  • We had with avarakkai (broad beans) curry and Vazhakkai chips.
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Notes

1. Adding onions is totally optional. My mom told adding onions makes it soft.
2. Some people add fennel seeds while grinding the dal.
3. You can also add a tsp of cumin seed while grinding.
4. Some people may add coconut to the gravy, if you want to add just grind 2-3 tblsp of coconut with little water and add it to the gravy in the last.
5. Always ensure that the paruppu urundai should be tight and while grinding do not add water.
6. If it is loose they may tend to break after putting it into the gravy.
7. Paruppu urundai kuzhambu pairs well with hot rice.
  • Wash and soak the dals together for 45 minutes.
  • Drain the water completely and grind it into a slightly coarse paste by adding red chili, salt and asafoetida to this.
  • Peel the skin of the shallots and finely chop them and mix it to the ground dal mix.
  • Adding onions is optional but it gives softness and nice taste to the paruppu urundai.
  • You can even add ½ tsp of fennel seeds to this.
paruppu urundai kuzhambu
  • Grease your hands and make small tight balls.
  • If the balls are loose, the urundais will break after steaming.
  • Grease the idli plate and arrange the urundais on it and steam it for 12 to 15 minutes on medium flame.
  • Insert a tooth pick to check out whether it is done.
paruppu urundai kuzhambu
  • In a pan, add sesame oil and add the mustard seeds.
  • When it splutters add the tamarind extract and add the turmeric powder, salt, sambar powder, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  • When it starts boiling simmer the flame and add the steamed paruppu urundais carefully to the boiling gravy one by one.
  • Do not stir the gravy after adding the urundais.
  • Let this boil till it reaches a kulambu (gravy) consistency.
Paruppu urundai kuzhambu
  • It should be slightly thicker than the sambar.
  • Serve with hot rice. Normally we mix the gravy with hot rice and keep he urundais as accompaniment.
  • We had with avarakkai (broad beans) curry and Vazhakkai chips.
  1. Adding onions is totally optional. My mom told adding onions makes it soft.
  2. Some people add fennel seeds while grinding the dal.
  3. You can also add a tsp of cumin seed while grinding.
  4. Some people may add coconut to the gravy, if you want to add just grind 2-3 tblsp of coconut with little water and add it to the gravy in the last.
  5. Always ensure that the paruppu urundai should be tight and while grinding do not add water.
  6. If it is loose they may tend to break after putting it into the gravy.
  7. Paruppu urundai kuzhambu pairs well with hot rice.

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    • The reason might be you must have added a lot of water or the dal urundais may be less. You can make a thin paste of 1 tsp of rice flour and add to the gravy and boil for few minutes. It will become thick

  1. thanks mam, because of you my wife cooking well,உங்களால் தான் எங்கள் வீட்டில் அடுப்பு எறியுது

  2. Awesome Jeyashri. You always rocks. I am following your recipes last six months. My wife likes my dishes now, all because of you.Now i took cooking is my hobby. Vazhga Valamudan. Vazhga pallandu.

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