Paruppu Urundai Kulambhu/Lentils Ball in Tamarind and Coconut Sauce ~ Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday

We group of friends started a event named Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday and showcasing the the traditional recipes of Tamilnadu in 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

For this event today I am sharing a kulambhu recipe which is popular in Southern part of Tamilnadu.
Paruppu urundai kulambhu is a traditional South Indian delicacy served along with rice and also tastes good with idly and dosa.

This kulambhu is one of my family's favorite and can be prepared in two ways.Today I made this kulambhu by steaming the lentil balls,it can also be made by adding the balls directly to the gravy.I prefer to make it with the former method as the balls doesn't break and feel easy to make.

My mom adds little gram flour to the urundai batter and makes some crispy pakodas to accompany with it.This kulambhu and urundai  tastes even better in the next day, now on to the recipe...............


For the gravy

Onion1no.(medium size)
Tomato1no.(medium size)
Tamarind paste/puli2-3tsp
Chilly powder/milagai podi11/2tsp
Coriander powder/kothamalli podi3tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/8tsp
Saltto taste
Curry leaves1sprig
Coriander leaves(chopped)1tbs

For the Lentil Balls(urundai) 

Toor dhal/thuvaram paruppu3/4cup
Channa dhal/kadalai paruppu1/4cup
Ginger/inji1 inch piece
Red Chilly4-5nos.
Fennel seeds/sombhu1tsp
Saltto taste
Onion(finely chopped)2nos.
Curry leaves(chopped)1sprig
Coriander leaves(chopped)1tbs

To grind 

Fennel seeds1/2tsp
Poppy seeds/kasakasa1/2tsp

For the seasoning 

Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds/sombhu1/8tsp


                           Soak the dhals in water for 2 hours and grind it along with the red chilly,fennel seeds,ginger and garlic along with salt to a coarse paste without adding water.Sprinkle water if needed.

Add the chopped onion,coriander leaves,curry leaves and mix it well.Make small balls out of it and steam it in a idly cooker or steamer for 5 minutes and keep it aside.

Meanwhile grind the coconut,fennel seeds and poppy seeds to a fine paste,keep it aside.Mix two cups of water to the tamarind paste,to this add all the spice powders ans salt.Mix it well.
Heat a pan with oil,crackle the mustard seeds,fennel.Add in the curry leaves and garlic,onion,saute it with a pinch of  salt.Once the onion becomes translucent add the chopped tomato,cook it till mushy.Add the tamarind water and allow it to boil till the raw smell disappears.

Now to this add the ground coconut paste and cook it for one boil.Add the cooked balls to it,let boil boil for another 5 minutes in the medium flame.Finally sprinkle the coriander leaves and mix it well.

Paruppu urundai kulambhu is ready.Serve it after an hour to get the flavors incorporate well.


  • If you don't want to steam the balls you can directly add the balls to the kulambhu,add 3 balls at a time after it cook add the next batch.
  • Here I used the tamarind paste,if you are using tamarind a small lemon sized ball is sufficient for this amount.
  • The kulambhu will become thick upon cooling so adjust the consistency accordingly.


Very authentic paruppu urandai kuzhambu aks... so yummy look... enoda favorite... ama next day than semmaya iruku taste urundai juicy ah irukum...

Looks so authentic... would be perfect for rice

Thanks for this lovely idea of starting an event :) I love too cook authentic recipes and this event will push me try some unknown recipes :) paruppu urundai kulambu is one of my fav and looks so so delicious dear :)

Delicious and excellent looking kulambu. Have bookmarked it for preparing this in this weekend.

One of my favorite kuzhambu, looks very delicious. Nice presentation and clicks.

Love this kuzhambu very much, appalam with paruppu urundai kuzhambhu i can survive for many days with it.

one fingerlicking gravy Nalini, my all time fav... very beautiful clicks...

I am glad to have found a new way to cook lentils! Would love that with rice!

wow....looks soooo tempting n yummy curry....very beautiful clicks...

Love the last click dear :) superb wanted to try this for really long

Perfect urundai,kuzhambu looks delicious.


the paruppu urundai kolambu is typical chettinad style......gud!

There is no one in this world who would hate to eat homely food. Thanks for sharing this article in here.

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