Thursday, February 14, 2013

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu/ Lentil Balls In Tomato Coconut Gravy

          The last few days have proved to me, how much I am attached to my blog, I had lost my internet connection last Saturday and got it back just an hour back, I felt so lost without it. Though I have taken breaks from blogging, this is the first time I was forced to do it because of this internet problem, made me so sulky and irritated. Coming to today's dish, Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu, basically it's deep fried lentil balls in a tomato-coconut gravy. There are a couple of versions of this, I follow my mother's recipe, the lentil balls soaked in the gravy tastes so delicious, simply love it with some plain rice or even as a side dish for idlis, dosas or rotis, a must try dish..

Need To Have
For the Urundais/ Lentil Balls

  • Chana Dal/ Bengal Gram - 1 cup
  • Dried Red Chillies - 3
  • Fennel Seeds - 2 teaspoons
  • Onion - 1 medium, chopped
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Curry Leaves - 10, roughly torn into small pieces
  • Salt - to taste

For The Gravy

  • Onion - 1 medium chopped
  • Tomatoes - 2 big chopped
  • Garlic - 5 cloves
  • Grated Ginger - 1 tablespoon
  • Green Chillies - 2
  • Tamarind - a small marble size
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder - 3 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon  - 1" stick
  • Cloves - 2, coarsely crushed
  • Fennel Seeds - Coarsely Pounded , 2 teaspoons
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves - 2 tablespoons
  • Curry Leaves - 10

To Grind

  • Grated Coconut - 3 tablespoons
  • Cashews - 5

To Prepare The Urundais

          Soak the chana dal/ bengal gram for 2 hours and grind it with the red chillies and fennel seeds without adding any water ( using the pulse button in the blender).

          To this, add the chopped onions, coriander, curry leaves and salt and mix it. Make lemon sized balls with it.

          Heat some oil for deep frying. Add the lentil balls, five or more at a time (depending on the amount of oil you are using for deep frying) and deep fry them. Don't wait for it to turn brown, remove it when you see it changing into a light golden color. Drain and keep them.

To Prepare The Gravy
          Grind the grated coconut and cashews and keep. Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup hot water, extract the juice and keep.

          Heat some oil, add the crushed fennel seeds, cinnamon and cloves. When it starts sizzling, add the chopped onions, green chilli, garlic and ginger, saute for 2 minutes till the onion turns pink in color.

          Now add the tomatoes and saute till it turns mushy. Then add the turmeric, chilli and coriander powders and mix for a minute. Add the tamarind extract and about 2 cups of water, salt, bring it to a boil and simmer it for 5 minutes.

          Now add the ground coconut-cashew paste and boil it for a couple of minutes. At this stage, add the deep fried lentil balls/ urundais and simmer for another 2 or 3 minutes. Add the chopped coriander and curry leaves and switch off. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes for the balls to soak in the gravy, then serve it.

If you fry the lentil balls too much, they will not soak up the gravy.
When you add the fried balls at the end, the gravy should be slightly thin, otherwise, once the urundais soak the gravy, it'll be really thick and without any gravy left.
Though I used 1 cup chana dal, I made only 15 balls and used in the gravy, the remaining I saved up for making vadais.
If you make more urundais, increase the gravy.
Can leave out the tamarind and use only tomatoes for this gravy, add one more small tomato or a tablespoon of crushed tomatoes instead of the tamarind.
Can double the amount of coconut for a much more richer gravy.
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  1. We use the steam, have not tasted deep fried too. Sounds interesting.

  2. அம்மா ஆவியில் வேகவைத்து அல்லது இதே எண்ணெயில் பொரித்து செய்வாங்க,பெரும்பாலும் நான் ஸ்டீம் செய்தே செய்வேன்...இதுபோல் செய்வது ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்கும்...

  3. Have always wanted to try making this kuzhambu.. Looks so delicious.

  4. Glad to see you back with my favorite recipe...Looks delicious..It really gets very frustrating without the internet connection

  5. Yummy kulambu,looks so good..tempting gravy

  6. A south indian kofta curry. I always shy away because of the effort. Must do it at least once.

  7. Amazing photographs & recipe, Hema!! :)
    I know what you mean.. I cannot stay away from my blog for even a single day! :)


  8. OMG! what a stunning pic! Drooling here...

  9. so delicious looking urundai.. Must do this weekend

  10. Delicious love the addition of coconut in there . Welcome back.

  11. looks super attractive, i love dumpling curries :) Happy Valentines Day Hema :)

  12. Looks delicious . Happy valentines day

  13. Looks wonderful! On the list 'to try'...Thanks

  14. Give me that bowl, such a droolworthy urundai kuzhambu,my mom always goes for fried balls, but personally i like to steam cook mine.

  15. yummy balls..looks delicious,love the bowl too!!

  16. Delicious kuzhambu with neat pictures Hema!

  17. looks so yummy and delicious..

  18. Ooo, lentil balls are SUCH a good idea. This dish look very nice, and very very tasty!

  19. Yummy curry...!!! This is sure to be on our next party menu..A change from regular koftas..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  20. Aiyo would be perfect for dosas... super dish

  21. wow... fabulous looking gravy... delicious!!

  22. wow...super yummy n tempting paruppu urundai kuzhambu, my fav too...inviting pics it!

  23. very much tempting gravy