Beetroot Kola Urundai - Chettinadu Special

Coming to the day 2 of mega BM under Journey through the cuisines A-Z series is a Chettinadu Special.
Chettinadu recipes are popular all over the world and they use varieties of spices and make the food unique.
As my maternal grandfather's base is from Karaikudi,the food culture reflects in our everyday cooking in the kitchen.Some of the dishes such as masala seeyam,kandarappam,vella paniyaram appears often in our households.
When I was thinking about the alphabet B,my sister suggested boondi,bajji and beetroot.As I have the recipe for the boondi laddu,wanted something different.
Suddenly one day got the idea of making beetroot kola urundai  after I got the fresh beets from the nearby farmers market.
For non-veg lovers,this same kola urundai is made with minced mutton instead of beetroot.The beetroot kola urundai can be served as a snack or appetizer.This method of making kola urundai is an instant method where there is no soaking of dhal.The kola urundai can be made with dhals which I will share the recipe soon.
In some of the families,a simple masala kulambhu is made and the urundai is soaked in the kulambhu and served for rice.Will share the kulambhu recipe soon in a different alphabet for this series.

                                                Beetroot Kola Urundai

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 15-20 minutes
   Makes ~ 25-30 


Beetroot (grated)
1 cup
Coconut (grated)
1 cup
Roasted gram dhal/pottukadalai
5 tbs
Shallots/chinna vengayam
2 -3 cloves
1 inch piece
Red Chilly/varamilagai
Fennel seeds/sombu
1.5 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai
1-2 sprigs
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)
1-2 tbs
1.25 tsp
for frying

  • Powder the roasted gram dhal and set it aside.Now in a blender jar take the grated coconut,red chilly,shallots,garlic,ginger,curry leaves,fennel seeds,cashews.Pulse it without adding any water,if needed use around 2 tsp of water.Then to this pulsed mixture add the grated beetroot.If the beetroot has lots of water content after grating,then squeeze and remove the excess water.Grind it to a bit coarse paste.
  • Now take the ground paste in a bowl and to this add the powdered roasted gram dhal,salt and finely chopped coriander leaves.Mix it well and make small gooseberry size of balls out of it.Keep it on a plate.

  • Heat the oil in a pan and the flame should in a medium high.Once the oil becomes hot drop in 7-8 rolled balls and fry it till it becomes nice and brown.Remove it from the oil and drain it on a paper towel.
  • Serve it as a starter/snack or an accompaniment for rice varieties.


  •  If the batter becomes watery add little more pottukadalai powder or besan.
  • Green chillies or red chilly powder can be used.
  • Oil should be in a medium flame,if the oil not hot enough the balls may separate,too hot means it changes color without cooking inside.
  • Don't make the balls too big,a gooseberry size is good enough otherwise it won't cook properly or chances are there for disintegrating in the oil.


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Just now saw Gayathri's version and your looks equally delicious.Beautiful pics as always :)

You and Gayathri are killing me early in the morning with your delicious Beetroot Kola urundai. Looks awesome and love your dreamy pictures.

Mouthwatering... Kola urundai looks so tempting book marked and informative post...

Stunning picture!..I am so so tempted looking at the pics..loved that beet root click..super!and of course these munchies are so flavorful.

loved that beetroot click !! u r a true artist, Nalini :) those Urundais are out of the world !! well done :)

Omg, this gorgeous kola urundai is just calling me, wish i could grab some rite now from the lappy screen, so prefect they are Nalini.

Up until today I saw Gayathri's post, I hadn't heard about this dish. The urundai looks lovely.

WOW!! Such perfect rounds and such an easy recipe. Pinning it :)

Such beautiful clicks nalini. Especially those snack to be made with these.

Beetroot urundai looks too tempting.Love to taste them now.I am scrolling the page up and down ,stunning clicks Nanili.

Beautifully shaped and perfectly fried urundai. We too make urundai with meat in somewhat similar way.

Awesome clicks Nalini. Beet kola urundai look so inviting and delicious.

Nice clicks Nalini, beet kola urundai look perfectly done. Crispy and delicious:)

A very new and fascinating recipe. Looks so crispy and tempting.

Same pich Nalini. Even I made this but a different version. Yours have turned out beautiful..

wow, the pictures of beetroot kola urundai are just too tempting. Lovely snack idea.

Amazing snaps.. Great choice from chettinadu cuisine.

How did you get such perfect rounds - urundais. Envying you. And awesome snaps. Feel like grabbing one out of the pic now...

wow yours looks so crispy and golden - must be delicious

Can't take my eyes off the screen Nalini. They are so perfectly shaped and looks so so good. amazing clicks!!

Yeah Nalini the pictures are so tempting and the balls are so cute and uniform! Lovely. Should try this one.

Tried this today.. Awesome receipe !!!! Guests were impressed.. Party fav

Tried this today.. Awesome receipe !!!! Guests were impressed.. Party fav

Thank you so much for trying,glad you like it..

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