Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu


Post after a longtime! Felt good while drafting this:-) Thank you all for stopping by, and noticing my absence and asking me. I feel blessed to have such sweet people around me:-)

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu is a traditional dish prepared with lentils.  Whenever we get bored of sambar, vatha kuzhambu, moor kuzhambu, milagu kuzhambu etc., my mom prepares this. Takes little extra time when compared to other Kuzhambu, but after tasting the dish we won’t mind spending the extra time. Yet another recipe from my Amma’s cookbook.

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu

Preparation Time : 10 minutes | Soaking time – 2 hours | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 4


For lentil Balls:

Toor dal – 1/2 cup

Channa dal  – 1/4 cup

Fennel Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Red Chilli – 2 (Adjust according to your taste)

Ginger – 1/4 tsp

Kuzhambu (Gravy):

Onion – 1

Garlic – 3 pods, finely chopped

Tomato – 1

Tamarind – 1 lemon sized ball

Coconut grated (optional) – 3 tbsp

Sambar powder/ chilli powder – 1 tsp ( I used Sambar powder)

Salt – to taste

To temper:

Sesame Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek – 1/8 tsp



  • Soak the dal and red chilli for 2 hours and strain the water. Add ginger and fennel seeds to the dal, and grind them into coarse mixture without adding water. Add onion and required salt to the mixture and combine well. Make marble sized balls out of it and keep aside.


  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup of luke warm water and keep aside for 5 – 10 minutes, and extract the juice
  • Add oil to the pan. When oil is hot add ‘to temper’ ingredients and let them splutter. Add garlic and onion and sauté till the onion is translucent. Add tomato and cook till becomes mushy


  • Add sambar powder and give a quick stir. Add the tamrind juice, 2 cup of water, salt  and cook till the raw smell goes off


  • From the side, gently add the lentil balls one by one and cover with lid. Lentil balls initially sink, and float after cooking



  • Avoid sauting till the lentil balls are cooked, to prevent them from breaking. Add grated coconut and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes and switch off


My Notes:

  • While lentil balls are cooking avoid sauting, as the  balls may get mushy
  • Can grind and add coconut
  • Instead of cooking lentil balls directly in gravy, can also steam them and add it to the gravy
  • Gravy thickens overtime, so switch off before it comes to gravy consistency
  • Can also saute and grind (onion and tomatoes) instead of adding directly
  • Can also grind lentil into fine paste

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77 thoughts on “Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu

  1. sarithakumbakkara March 3, 2015 at 8:58 PM Reply

    Yummy Yummy! 🙂

  2. Chhapan Bhog September 25, 2014 at 5:00 AM Reply

    Looks so yummy.. But I doubt once those lentil balls are ready I could resist them, and how many of them would actually go into the gravy…:):D

  3. Swayam September 25, 2014 at 12:51 AM Reply

    What an amazing share Vidya!! Muuuuaaahh… Thnx soo much darling… I asked for authentic Tam, and U gave me a gem of a recipe…and tht too from Amma’s cookbook..and everyone knows how much i love those moments of nostalgic cooking 🙂 Thank u sooo much for taking out the time darling.. .U hv made a fabulous dish for all of us at Lapetitchef…
    Loads of love,
    to u and Lo…

  4. Swayam September 25, 2014 at 12:40 AM Reply

    This is soooo delicious darling!! Thank u ever so so so much for an amazing share for us here at Lapetitchef.. It just made my day!! 🙂
    You give it your best, don’t you?? will have to try this instead of sambhar soon..
    Thanks once again..
    Much much love,
    to u and darling Lo..
    🙂 ❤

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 25, 2014 at 11:20 PM Reply

      Oh ya I wanted to give Sambar as I told but I couldn’t get fresh drumstick here so changed my mind and Gabe this dish dear

  5. Namrata September 24, 2014 at 11:24 PM Reply

    I’ve never seen this… looks delicious.

  6. Sophie33 September 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM Reply

    The whole dish & these tasty lentil balls look so delicious. I Will make this tomorrow for dinner,…Ooh yes! Xx

  7. swethadhaara September 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM Reply

    my recipe notes is being filled with your delicious recipes…so tasty i will try this weekend!! Happy navaraatri!!

  8. deliciouslynell September 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM Reply

    This looks so good! 😀

  9. Nish Kitchen September 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM Reply

    Looks delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Loretta September 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM Reply

    I’m not so sure I’ve had this before….is it from a certain part of India? It looks oh so yummy though 🙂

  11. tortadellafiglia September 23, 2014 at 4:21 PM Reply

    this is absolutely fantastic! I’ve never eaten anything like this! I’d die to taste it!

  12. radhikasethi September 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM Reply

    Wow! Looks good Vidya! 🙂

  13. apuginthekitchen September 23, 2014 at 2:21 PM Reply

    What a beautiful and delicious dish, so glad to see you back.

  14. coconutcraze September 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM Reply

    This is a terrific recipe! I guess it is a Chennai special kuzhambu! I love such elaborate curries…just for the fun of it!

  15. Sarah 'n Spice September 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM Reply

    These lentil balls sound wonderful!

  16. Chitra Jagadish September 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM Reply

    This is completely new to me…We make dal dumplings and steam but in gravy never tried… looks luscious
    btwn missed you around… hope all is well… 🙂 👍

  17. marudhuskitchen September 23, 2014 at 9:29 AM Reply

    wow its very tempting recipe…looks perfect

  18. platedujour September 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM Reply

    I admit I didn’t ask where you’ve been but I was wondering 🙂 it felt like a loooog time! And this recipe seems to be easy enough to follow, I know most of the ingredients including the lentils so I will be able to follow it!

  19. sindhoooo September 23, 2014 at 9:17 AM Reply

    Wow! This is so different! Looks tasty! Hey, happy come back 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂 Happy cooking!

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 23, 2014 at 9:21 AM Reply

      Thanku Sindhu:-)Missed you guys

      • sindhoooo September 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        Me too Vidya 🙂 Even I was away for a while…

      • Traditionally Modern Food September 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Hope everything is fine at your end Sindhu:-) tc

      • sindhoooo September 24, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Thank you for your concern Vidya 🙂 I am fine dear, it was that some tutorial posts require a lot of work and sometimes I get some ideas to input when everything is ready to be online… That’s crazy me 😀

      • Traditionally Modern Food September 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Your stepwise tutorial is awesome:-) for the person like me its very useful Sindhu

  20. Liz September 23, 2014 at 9:14 AM Reply

    Looks delicious and thanks for sharing!

  21. apsara September 23, 2014 at 9:08 AM Reply

    I love paruppu urundai kuzhambu! Your recipe has me drooling…

  22. My Kitchen Moments September 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM Reply

    Oh my goodness! I love Paruppu Urundai kozhambu and makes me go nostalgic. My grandma makes such yummy Paruppu urundai kozhambu and i as a kid used to eat the urundai as is or with curd rice. Simply yum!!

  23. natasha September 23, 2014 at 5:15 AM Reply

    Vidya…very nice recipe…so much to make this is also on my to make list…missed you for sure….

  24. Rekha Vengalil September 23, 2014 at 5:03 AM Reply

    Never tired this before but looks delicious 🙂

  25. Charanya September 23, 2014 at 3:56 AM Reply

    And BTW, missed you here. Back with a bang ❤

  26. Charanya September 23, 2014 at 3:51 AM Reply

    Yum <3. I so want to come over. Apparently, Sanju's granny makes an awesome version of this. She explained the process for 30 mins and I was like 'It's tiring to listen to it'. I will feature her recipe when I go to India next year ❤

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 23, 2014 at 9:13 AM Reply

      Thanks dear:-) I am waiting for your recipes. Granny’s recipes have a authentic touch I love it

  27. Francesca Trucco September 23, 2014 at 3:23 AM Reply

    Love this kuzhambhu …not sure I will be able to do them…but I will try. Francesca from Rome, Italy 🙂

  28. kurinji September 23, 2014 at 2:06 AM Reply

    mouthwatering kuzhambu…

  29. Madraasi September 23, 2014 at 12:26 AM Reply

    Vacation got over?

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM Reply

      No vacation Deepa. Due to some personal commitment couldn’t be active for some days

      • Madraasi September 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        oh! Have thinking of you, wondering why no post from you in my reader 🙂 Welcome back:)

      • Traditionally Modern Food September 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        So sweet of u Deepa thanks:-)

  30. Priya Shiva September 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM Reply

    yummy kolumbu! one of my fav too 🙂 ❤

  31. Ranjani September 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM Reply

    Vidya.. so traditional and flavourful recipe.. But if we add the lentils directly, is the raw smell leaves? because my mom used to fry the balls in oil for this kuzhambhu.. will try this version for sure..

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 23, 2014 at 9:23 AM Reply

      Thanks Ranjini:-) Yes, lentil balls get cooked in tamrind water so won’t have raw flavour

      • Ranjani September 26, 2014 at 2:53 AM

        thats great 🙂

  32. Aruna Panangipally September 22, 2014 at 11:53 PM Reply

    I have been wanting to make this for a long long time and now I have the recipe!

    And welcome back. 🙂

  33. srividhya September 22, 2014 at 10:57 PM Reply

    Welcome back and my favorite 🙂

  34. Malar September 22, 2014 at 10:57 PM Reply

    Absolutely fabulous post for Swayam… Love this kuzhambhu any time and one of my favorite 🙂 mine is a little different from your version, we don’t add channa dal and tomato gotta try your version soon Vidya…looks so yummy 🙂

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