Sunday, February 24, 2013

Paruppu Urundai Kulambu (Lentil balls cooked in a spicy gravy)

I'm ready for a warmer weather.  I want to free myself from wearing layer after layers just to place my garbage outside. I'm ready to wear my flipflops and go for a walk in my neighborhood. More than all, I am ready for summer food.  Grilling, Cool Frappuccino, Oberwies Sundaes - I can't wait.

Lately I have been just trying some of my favorite traditional recipes. Last week I sat back in my couch with a bunch of cook books on my lap and went through all of them. I bookmarked several recipes - a lot of them were traditional home made recipes that I have a craving for now and some of them I have not even heard of. My "To Cook" list has grown longer than ever. Paruppu Urundai Kulambu is an authentic tamil recipe made often in our state, but the preparation may differ between households. This is a perfect dish for a weekend lunch accompanied with some traditional side dishes like poriyal or koottu.

For the Paruppu Urundai: 
  • Toor Dhal - 3/4 cup
  • Chana dal - 1/4 cup
  • Red chillies - 2
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 1 small clove (optional)
  • Onions - minced - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Curry leaves and Corriander leaves - finely chopped  - a hand full.
For the Kulambu:
  • Onion - 1 medium sized - finely chopped
  • Garlic - 3 cloves - finely chopped
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Asafoetida - 2 pinches
  • Tomatoes - 2 small - chopped
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Kulambu powder - 2 tsp (You can substitute this with 2 tsp sambar powder or 1 tsp chilli powder and 2 tsp corriander powder)
  • Tamarind Water - 2 cups (or 1 tbsp tamarind paste mixed with 2 cups of water)
  • Shredded Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Fennel Seeds - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 2 tsp
  • Corriander leaves - to garnish
  • Soak the dals for 2 hrs. Grind the dals with fennel seeds, garlic, red chillies and salt. Do not add water. Mix the dal paste with Onions, curry leaves and corriander leaves.
  • Make equal sized balls of the paste and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, steam the balls (I use idli steamer - just place the balls on the idli plates and steam for 5 mins).
  • Grind the coconut and 1 tsp fennel seeds to a fine paste. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a wide and deep pan. Season with mustard seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds and asafoetida.
  • Add the onions, garlic and curry leaves and fry for a few mins until the onions start changing color.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, the spice powders and salt. Fry well in medium heat until the tomatoes are fully cooked.
  • Add the tamarind water and bring it to boil. Cover and let it cook for 10 mins in medium heat.
  • Add the coconut paste and let it boil. Now gently add the steamed balls into the gravy. Let them cook in low heat for 10 mins.
  • Garnish with corriander leaves and let it sit for half an hour before serving.


Prathima Rao said...

Love the gravy..!!! Nice 7 delicious version..Will try it soon :)
Prathima Rao
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Aruna Manikandan said...

looks delicious,my favorite too....

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Laavanya said...

This is one of my favorites and something i always request my mom to make.. she does an awesome job. Your version seems different - must try.

Cham said...

Very classy one, love this one but lazy to do the urundai :) Looks delicious!

Sona - Quick Picks said...

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Anamika Das said...

This lentil balls recipe looks delicious! I'm definitely goin to try this one too! Btw, if your are looking for dry and spicy recipe of lentil balls, check this out :

Spicy Lentil Balls (Dry)