March 20, 2013

Urundai Kozhambu

Ingredients :
  • 1 Cup Onions, Finely chopped
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, Finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic pods
  • Handful of Curry leaves
  • ½ Tbsp plus 1 Tsp Red chilli powder 
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Cup Tamarind extract
  • ½ Cup Coconut paste (Optional and I haven’t used it in my recipe)
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ½ inch Cinnamon
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 Tsp Saunf

For Urundai / Channa balls:

1 Cup Channa dal
2 Onions, Finely chopped
Few curry leaves
5 Garlic pods, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Grated Coconut ( Optional )

Method :
  • Soak channa dal for 2 hours. 
  • Drain and grind it coarsely without adding water.
  • Add finely chopped onions, garlic, curry leaves and salt to the ground dal.
  • Mix well and make small balls. keep aside.
  • Crush the bay leaf, cinnamon and star anise.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add crushed masalas followed by saunf.
  • Add chopped onions and fry them till the color changes.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and sauté till it turns mushy.
  • Add chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Fry well and add water ( approx 1 ½ Cups).
  • Let it boil for couple of minutes and add the tamarind extract.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add coconut paste and cook for another couple of minutes. (Add water if the curry looks very thick)
  • Now simmer the flame and slowly drop the channa balls.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Slowly turn the balls without breaking it and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Once done, garnish with curry leaves and remove from the flame.

Notes :
  • Kozhambu should be little watery before adding urundai / balls.
  • If you are worried about breaking of channa balls while cooking, Just steam them before adding it.
  • Grated coconut can also be added in channa balls.
  • Adding coconut paste in kozhambu is optional.

Serving Options :

Serve with hot rice and papad or stir fries / Poriyal.

En Iniya Illam's " Passion On Plate "


  1. My favorite urunda kuzhambu, I am thinking of makin this for past two weeks, but getting carried away with something else. Now your kuzhambu is mouth watering and yummy, I am going to make this for dinner....

  2. wow dear looks so yumm am definitely going to try this today for dinner :) thank you for the delicious and my fav kuzhambu dear :)

  3. iam new to this dish Priya, looks delicious and a unique one.

  4. I love dumpling curry this looks so good and tempting.

  5. Yummyilicious and fingerlicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.

  6. I wanted to try this curry for long.. Looks so tempting and delicious, Bookmarking it

  7. Delicious curry...Am thinking long time to make this curry but i didnt get chance i think am surely make soon..

  8. Lipsmacking... Love to taste this pappad...

  9. Looks tempting! I'd love to try this out....

  10. Wow... Such a delicious curry :-)