Apr 22, 2015

Kondakalai Masala Kuzhambu Recipe / Chana Kulambu Recipe

Chana kulambu my favourite. I love my mom's kadala theeyal so much and this is my recent favourite. It goes well with rice, but it can be had with puttu, appam or anything you like.

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

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 45 mins
Serves : 5 to 6


Oil - 4 tblspn
Onion - 1 large sliced 
Tomatoes - 2 chopped
Curry leaves a handful
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Brinjal - 1 chopped
Drumstick - 1 cut into pieces
Dry Chana - 3 cups (I used kala chana)

For Grinding:
Coconut - 1 cup grated
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 2 tsp
Dry Red Chillies - 5 to 6
Garlic - 2 cloves


Soak chana overnight, drain water add it to a pressure cooker, cover with fresh water, add little salt and pressure cook this for 15 to 20 whistle till chana gets soft. Set aside.

Grind all the ingredients given for grinding to a smooth paste. Set aside.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in onions and curry leaves. Saute till onions turn golden.

Add in tomatoes, salt, turmeric and cook till mushy.

Add in brinjal and drumstick along with some water. Cook covered till veggies are half cooked.

Now add in the chana along with cooking liquid.. Add in coconut paste and mix well.

Cover and simmer this till oil separates.

Serve with rice.

Take coconut in a blender

add in chillies

take some garlic

add in some fennel seeds

make it into a smooth puree

Now take your ingredients

I cooked black chana till it is completely cooked

Heat oil in a pan

add in onions

curry leaves

saute till golden

add in tomatoes

turmeric powder


saute them

cook till tomatoes turn mushy

add in brinjal and drumsticks

saute for a while

pour in water

cook till veggies are half cooked

add in cooked chana along with the cooking liquid

mix well

add in coconut masala

mix well

cover and simmer till oil separates



  1. This looks delicious! I can't wait to make it. One question, the drumstick mentioned in the recipe looks like what is called okra where I live, would they be the same thing, or is this something different? Thank you!

  2. @Anonymousokra is ladies finger, it is diff from drumstick. u can skip that add okra as well in this recipe

  3. So nice. I just used chana sprouts


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