Paruppu urundai More Kuzhambu (Steamed lentil dumplings in buttermilk stew)

2nd Oct, 2012

This dish is my husband’s all time favorite. On any day at any given opportunity, this would be his first choice for lunch/dinner. The paruppu urundai in the kuzhambu is a wonderful way to get more protein in the meal and also serves as a vegetable component for the kuzhambu.

I generally like the combo ‘more kuzhambu and paruppu usilli’. But when I am making the paruppu urundai more kuzhambu, I do not make the usilli curry. That would be too much paruppu in the meal and no vegetable. So today, we had this with potato curry (recipe follows).

Preparation time – 15 mins
Cooking time – 30 mins
Difficulty level – medium

Ingredients – (serves 4)

For the more kuzhambu –

  • Tuvaram paruppu/toor dal/split red lentil – 1 tsp
  • Kadalai paruppu/ channa dal/Bengal gram dal – 1 tsp
  • Rice – ½ tsp
  • Sour butter milk- 2 cups
  • Green chilies – 2
  • Red chilies – 2
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Coconut (grated) – ¼ cup (optional)
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – as needed
For the paruppu urundai (lentil balls)
  • Tuvaram paruppu/toor dal/split red lentil – ½ cup
  • Red chilies – 3
  • Green chilies – 2
  • Salt – as needed
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
For seasoning –
  • Coconut oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Red chilies – 1
  • Curry leaves – few
Procedure –
To make the paruppu urundai –
  • Soak the toor dal for about ½ hr to an hour.
  • Combine all the other ingredients to the soaked and drained dal and grind it to a coarse paste adding very little water.
  • Make small balls out of the ground mixture and arrange it on greased idli plates or steaming plates and steam for about 10 mins.

To make the more Kuzhambu –
  • Soak the dals and rice for about ½ hr and grind it with the chilies, cumin and coconut. Then add the buttermilk to the mixture and give it a quick mix in the mixer.
  • Transfer this to a sauce pan and add the turmeric powder and salt. 
  • Now add the steamed paruppu urundais into the kuzhambu and bring it to a very slow boil.
  • Once it comes to a boil, you will notice that kuzhambu comes to a thicker consistency.
  • Make sure that you do not boil it over high heat. This will make the buttermilk to separate and the kuzhambu will not get the right consistency.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a small pan and add all the seasoning ingredients. Add it to the more kuzhambu.
  • Serve hot with rice!!

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10 thoughts on “Paruppu urundai More Kuzhambu (Steamed lentil dumplings in buttermilk stew)

  1. As a yogurt lover, this recipe makes me to try immediately and going to make on monday.

    As u mentioned, rice-1/2 tsp, which rice u were using for this one(ponni rawrice or ponni parboiled rice we use for saadham)

    Asked to use 2 cups of buttermilk,
    What is the ratio of curd(store bought) : water in cup measures to get 2 cups buttermilk.

    Verynew to cooking and wishes to try this recipe sooooo eagerly and kindly help regarding the queries.


    1. Hi Santosh,
      You could use any rice that you have in hand. It is just to thicken the stew.

      I would use about a 3/4 cup of curd and then the remaining water.

      Hope you like the recipe. let me know once you make it.


    2. Firstly thanks for your help in replying regarding our queries.
      We searched enough for the potato curry(in the pic) that goes well with more kulambu,but we couldn't find it.
      Can u give the link?
      Looking forward for your reply to make these recipes today.
      Thanks again,

  2. We tried ' paruppu urundai more kulambu' now for dinner and it came out absolutely delicious and the taste was extremely good to have & we liked it very much.we will often make this for sure.Thanks for this awesome recipe.
    Along with this today we wanted to make potato curry ( which is there in the pic) & we searched in your webspace to the maximum but couldn't find it & can u plz give the link of that recipe from ur webspace.
    We like to make again next time with the potato curry & let u know the outcome of it.


    1. Hi Santosh,
      Thanks for getting back! I am so glad that you liked the recipe and it came out well. I do not have the recipe for the potato curry yet in my blog. Will post it soon and let you know.


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