Passipayaru Kulambu/Mung beans in Tamarind Sauce

The theme for the second week of blogging marathon #27 is traditional dishes and today recipe is a healthy kulambhu with mung beans.
This is a Chettinadu delicacy which goes very well with rice,idly and spongy dosas,the speciality of the kulambhu is slightly watery,unlike other varieties.Now off to the recipe.......  


Mung beans/paasipayaru1/2cup
Shallots/chinna vengayam1/2cup(roughly chopped)
Chilly powder/milagai podi 11/2tsp
Coriander powder/dhania podi1tsp
Turmeric powder1/8tsp
Tamarind/pulibig gooseberry size
Coconut (grated)3tbs
Saltto taste
Oilas needed
For the tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Fennel seeds/sombhu1/2tsp
Garlic(crushed)2-3 cloves
Curry leaves/karivepillai1sprig


  • Grind the coconut to a fine paste,soak the tamarind in water and take the extract.Add 1 cup of water and dilute it and set it aside.
  • Dry roast the mung beans in a pan till a nice aroma comes out and the color changes slightly.Pressure cook it for a whistle.
  • In a pan add the tamarind water,shallota,garlic,chilly powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder and salt,boil it for 5 minutes or till the raw smell disappears.
  • Now add the cooked mung beans and cook it for one boil,then add the coconut paste and cook it for couple of minutes.
  • In another heat up the oil,crackle the mustard seeds and fennel theh add the crushed garlic and curry leaves.Add it to the kulambhu and put off the fire.
  • Kulambhu is ready.

Serve it with rice along with papad and poriyal.


  • This kulambu tastes good with shallots and instead of mung bean,red chori can be used.
  • The kulambu is slightly watery so it is called as paasipayaru thanni kulambu and instead of coconut paste,coconut milk can be used.
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Nutritious kuzhambu, i can have it happily with some rice and papads..

Healthy kulambu..appetizing!!

wow delicious kuzhambu,loved this version...

My mom used to prepare this kuzhambu and I totally addictive to this tangy gravy..Love your pictorial..

the spread looks very inviting!...fantastic!!

perfect with rice and appalam.. healthy kuzhambu..

Beautiful pictures Nalini and such a healthy dish..I like how the onions peak out of the pictures..

looks healthy n delicious...

How wow Amma used to make this great getting the recipe.Thanks.

healthy curry and beautiful serving dish

mouthwatering nalini...i am really craving for this kuzhambu...

Awesome clicks, looks very tempting with the shallots..

very nutritious indeed!! I wonder if folks at home will be happy with Dosa and this :)

this is diff from our paasiparuppu kuzhambu, would like to try this Nalini...sounds tangy and yummy...lovely pics n presentation, liked the last one more :)

healthy and nutritious gravy...

Nice combination of beans and tamarind. Have never tried it before...

Wow. What an amazing looking curry. Bookmarked!! I love lentil dishes and this sounds so flavorful and yummy.

wow looks stunning.. so elegant and so flavorful!! yum yum yummy!!
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