Paruppurundai Vetha Kozhambu – Lentil Dumplings in spicy gravy

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Paruppurundai Vetha Kozhambu – Lentil Dumplings in spicy gravy
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Ok … So this is  very traditional, very South Indian dish, that I would compare to the North Indian Kofta perhaps –  I have found that koftas can be made in a variety of different ways, whereas, as the name suggests the balls or dumplings in the southern counterpart is made up of lentils – I guess we can change up the lentils we use or change the name of the dish :) There are various gravies one can use for this recipe, I decided to go with another traditional one Vetha Kozhambu. Please note in the vetha Kozhambu recipe, normally tamarind paste is used in place of kokum and this is how I made the preparation below – all else remains the same in the recipe.

Lentil dumplings

Here are the ingredients for the dumplings
1 cup toor dal/ thoram paruppu
3-5 ref chillies
1tbsp moong dal
1/4 tsp asafetida
1/2 cup grated coconuts
1 stem of curry leaves
1tbsp of sesame oil + 2 tsp
1/3 cup water +

Method
Heat the oil in a pan and add all the ingredients and roast until the lentils and coconut are golden brown. Cool it down and dry grind into a coarse powder.
Then in a pan, add the 2 tsp of oil and splutter some mustard seeds. Add the powder and turn once. Now add 1/3 cup of water and mix ingredients well until it gets to a dumpling-able stage – Be cautious in adding more water – if you need to.

Once this is somewhat cool, make balls out of them and keep. Get your steamer out, spray them with non-stick oil.
Arrange the balls spaced apart and steam for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, make your vetha kozhambu –
Once the balls are cooked, allow them to cool while you are still boiling the kozhambu.  Once fully cooked, transfer the kozhambu into the serving dish –
Gently add the dumplings into the gravy when it is still hot.
Allow it to soak in nicely before serving

pukozhambu

NOTE: If the gravy cools down – no sweat – make sure the rice you serve it with is piping hot :)
Or the chappatis!

Enjoy this healthy and utterly delicious dish to your heart’s content!

Skills

Posted on

January 26, 2012

49 Comments

  1. Wholesome, scrumptious dish that is new to me. Thanks for posting it. They are perfectly done. Is the steaming process the secret behind the urundai not falling apart in the kuzhambu?

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  2. wow…super tempting tangy and spicy paruppu urundai kuzhambu…excellent preparation…will try this for sure!!
    thanks for sharing it.

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  3. I make a little different version of this, I soak the dals and grind, I'll try yours next time..

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  4. Looks really interesting. Will definitely try :-)

    Aparna from Square Meals

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  5. Mmmm…..this looks sooo YUMM!

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  6. This looks fabulous Priya – I definitely want to try these, although I need to try to find somewhere which sells mung dal first :( Maybe I can find a place online!

    Charles @ FiveEuroFood.com

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  7. wow..urundai kuzhambu looks utterly delicious..even i have the paruppu urundai kuzhambu in my draft..will post soon..loved your version !

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  8. Wow…a delicacy!! Inviting!! It's been a while I had this :). YUM!!

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  9. Kulambhu looks so tempting and delicious,wish to have it now…

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  10. urundai looks perfect and delicious

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  11. South Indian flavours always intrigue me. I have made koftas with every vegetable but never tried lentils. I like the steaming part.

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  12. super yummy gravy. love it.

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  13. Would be great with rice… Yummy… Nice flavors. Urundai super

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  14. loved the preparation..south indian style koftas look healthy n delicious..bookmarked :)

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  15. Hey Priya..I love paruppu urundai kozhumbu a lot and like your version..next time I will make it your way.

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  16. Seriously cant take my eyes from ur irresistible click,super tempting dish.

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  17. This is definitely one of my favorites but somehow don't prepare it regularly…seeing yours am tempted to have some

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  18. lovely curry…..yummy dear

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  19. I really appreciate the fact that u took ur precious time to hop in my space,thanks for liking my work…U too have an amazing blog with so many delightful recipes packed with nutrients…I would love to try many of ur recipes…Would be here more often…

    This dish of urs looks absolutely delicious,south Indian kofta tempting me to attempt..Will surely give a try…

    Jai Sai Raam…

    Njoy Cooking n Happy Blogging…..

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  20. This is such a coincidence, we too prepared it but with red lentils, next time will try your version, am very fond of these dish.

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  21. Priya– u r seriously making me drool- super a irukku

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  22. Yummy looking Kozhambu recipe. Perfect with fresh, hot rice. YUM!!

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  23. This would be perfect with some malabar parathas..
    Love Ash.,

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  24. Delicious looking curry! Well done. :) Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

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  25. super yummy delicious !!

    maha
    visit my space too

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  26. This would be such a comfort food to me. It looks wonderful and delicious!

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  27. This looks absolutely amazing–I'd never heard of lentil dumplings, but I know I'd love them!

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  28. Love this one. Yummy flavours.

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  29. Tangy and delicious urundai kuzhambu.

    simplehomefood.com

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  30. Yippee we both have dumplings (kofta) in our blogs today,,,same pinch !!! Very nice recipe, never heard of lentil dumplings..will have to give them a try for sure!

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  31. Curry looks delicious.

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  32. Koftas are usually fried before adding to the gravy, these steamed koftas sound a lot healthier :)

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  33. As I read the title of the post I translated it in my mind to south indian Kofta, and as I read further you confirmed it. I've never had it but would love to try it out!

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  34. This looks very tempting with the tangy yummy taste…

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  35. Ohhh Drooling!!!!Delicious!!!!

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  36. Wow. My favourite vetha kuzhambu.Looks so delicious and inviting

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  37. I love lentils and always need new ways to prepare them…this looks amazing!

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  38. Very nice recipe , Priya..Must give a try soon

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  39. hi priya….love your page… this recipe sounds very new n cant wait to try it to see how it tastes,,,looks wonderful!

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  40. yum! love this traditional recipe!

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