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Thursday, March 29, 2012



Toor dhal - 1 cup
Dry red chillies - 3 or 4
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 2 tsp.
Tamarind -  lemon sized ball

Sambhar powder - 1 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder  - 1 pinch

To temper:
Ghee - 1 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Curry leaves - a sprig


For the urundais (balls):
Soak toor dhal and red chillies in water for 1 hour. Drain the water completely and grind to a coarse paste alongwith salt. Heat oil, add this paste and saute well till the colour changes and well cooked. When cool, shape into small balls. Keep aside.

For the kozhambhu:
Soak tamarind in 3 cups of water and extract juice from it. In a broad vessel, pour in the tamarind extract, salt, turmeric powder and hing. When it boils, add sambhar powder. Allow it to boil till the raw smell is diffused.  When it starts boiling, "simmer the stove" and add the balls (koftas) one by one gently. Now, cook in "medium flame" till the balls float on top ( approx. 6-7 minutes).  By this time, the tamarind water will also thicken.

Transfer to a serving dish and temper with the given ingredients. Temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Serve hot with rice.

NOTE: Do not  put all the  balls at the same time. Put only 3 to 4 balls at a time. When it floats on top, repeat the procedure till all the balls are done. 

1. Scraped coconut can be added to the ground paste.
2. Onions slightly sauteed can be added to the  ground mixture.


  1. Your house thaligai is so similar to ours.. this is how i learnt it too from my Mil :).. we love this one! Super aa irruke .. Unga bday eppdi poche..enjoy pannale aa ?

  2. It is very nice and the picture makes it tempting.This kuzhambu tastes betterafter the lapse of a few hours when fully soaked than hot from the oven

  3. Shanthi, this is totally new to me...yummy recipe..thanks for sharing.

  4. great recipe. I'm not familiar with this type of kozhambu.
    Edible Entertainment

  5. delicious... by the way, did you keep a tray upside down for the background :)

  6. Super kuzhambu, nice preparation..

  7. i have tried to post a comment as many as five times and hve been thrown errors....hope this one goes!
    I love paruppu urundai in kuzhambhu and you have given a great recipe to try here!

  8. this is something new and interesting. nice recipe

  9. I have never made this! Sounds delicious!!

  10. Thanks for dropping in my space.Lovely dish!

  11. Deliciously made paruppu urundai kuzhambu.

  12. My favorite kuzhambu of all! Looks perfectly done :)

  13. yum yum, wat a super tempting dish..

  14. perfect. This is one of my favorite.


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