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Dec 30, 2014

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu Recipe / Lentil Dumplings Cooked in a Spicy Tamarind Gravy

I am kind of addicted to paruppu urundai kuzhambu. I have three varieties of this gravy in my blog already and this is the fourth one. This kuzhambu is completely satisfying and i loved the lentil dumplings so much when mixed with hot rice.

Similar Recipes,
Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu
Amma's Urundai Kuzhambu
Horse Gram Urundai Kuzhambu

This kuzhambu is so simple to make, because it has no veggies in it. Just a spicy tamarind gravy which is the base for this kuzhambu.

Hope you will try this out and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Soaking Time : 1 hour
Cooking Time : 25 to 30 mins
Serves : 4


For Paruppu Urundai:
Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu - 1 cup
Dry Red Chilli - 1
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Kuzhambu:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - a pinch
Curry Leaves a sprig
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 1.5 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 2  tblspn
Water -  2 cup
Salt to taste


Soak toor dal for 1 hour. Drain it and grind it coarsely in a blender with a dry chilli.

Now heat oil in a kadai. Add the ground mix and saute for 3 to 5 mins till raw smell leaves from the mix. 

Remove it to a bowl and let it cool a bit. Now shape it into small balls and set aside.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in all the seasoning ingredients and spice powders. Saute for 30- sec.

Add in tamarind pulp and water. Add salt to taste and bring this whole thing to a boil.

Once it boils, add in the urundai one by one and once all the dumplings is added. Boil it for 2 mins, Simmer it for 8 mins.


Soak toor dal for 1 hour

Add in drained toor dal in a blender

add in dry chilli

Grind it to a coarse mix

remove it to a bowl

Heat a tsp of oil

add in ground mix

add some salt

Saute for 2 to 3 mins

now the raw smell has leaved away

remove it to a bowl

take small portion

shape it into balls

set aside

Heat oil in a kadai

Add in mustard seeds and urad dal

add in asafoetida

add in curry leaves

saute for 30 sec

add in chilli, coriander and turmeric powder

Saute for 30 sec

add in tamarind water


add some salt

bring this to boil

drop balls one by one

boil this for 2 mins

simmer for 8 mins

now the gravy is done



  1. Tried tis dish today with a little modification (added grinded paste of onion and tomato).. thanks for tis easy and yummy recipe..Cheers!!

  2. Hi.. tried this.. very yummy.. thanks a lot for sharing such wonderful recipes..


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