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Paruppu Urundai Kulambu (Lentil Dumpling Curry)

 Published 2022-Aug-29   Updated 2022-Aug-29

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Lentil Dumpling in Spicy Curry)

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Paruppu urundai kulambu is a South Indian variation of Kofta curry. Lentil balls are made with channa dal paste and cooked in a tangy, spicy gravy.  It is one of a delicious gravy with rice. It doesn’t need any side dish actually. Just appalam is enough to make it a satisfying meal.

Brahmins prefer to make Paruppu Urindai Kuzhambu without onions. My friend Raji has already shared the recipe of that variations. The recipe shared today is with a thick gravy including onion, tomato and coconut paste. Do try this out.

Recipe For Paruppu Urundai Kulambu

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4


To make the Paruppu Urundai

  • Channa Dal – 1 cup
  • Dry Red Chilies – 5
  • Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  • Onion -1
  • Curry Leaves – few
  • Salt – as required

To make the Kuzhambu

  • Onion – 2 (finely chopped)
  • Garlic – 10 cloves (crushed)
  • Tomato -1 (chopped or pureed)
  • Tamarind – lemon sized (soaked in water)
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
  • Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Fennel Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Salt – as required
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Coriander Leaves – 2 sprigs


  1. Wash and soak the channa dal with dry red chilies for 1 hour.
  2. Drain all the water and grind the soaked dal with dry red chilies, fennel seeds and salt. Grind it coarsely without adding any water.
  3. Take the ground dal mix in a bowl. Finely chop the onion and curry leaves and mix with it.

    Paruppu Urundai Kulambu Preparation Step

  4. Make small balls with this ball mix and keep aside.

    Paruppu Urundai Kulambu Preparation Step

  5. In the meantime, heat oil in a kadai. Pop the mustard seeds and fennel seeds. 
  6. Add crushed garlic cloves and curry leaves. After a minute of frying, add the chopped onions.

    Paruppu Urundai Kulambu Preparation Step

  7. Saute until it turns golden brown and then add the chopped tomato.

    Paruppu Urundai Kulambu Preparation Step

  8. Once the tomatoes become totally mashed up, add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder. Add extracted tamarind juice and required salt.

    Paruppu Urundai Kulambu Preparation Step

  9. Cook for about 5 minutes for the raw smell of the spices and tamarind to vanish.

    Paruppu Urundai Kulambu Preparation Step

  10. Add about 3 cups of water with salt if needed and bring to a boil. Adjust water consistency according to gravy required.

    Paruppu Urundai Kulambu Preparation Step

  11. Reduce the flame and gently drop the prepared paruppu balls in the gravy. Cook partially covered for 15 minutes.

    Paruppu Urundai Kulambu Preparation Step

  12. The lentil balls start floating once its cooked. Oil starts oozing out. Switch off and add finely chopped coriander leaves.

    Paruppu Urundai Kulambu Preparation Step

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