Lentils ball cooked in Tamarind and Coconut sauce/Paruppu Urundai Kulambu



                Paruppu urundai kulambu/Lentil balls cooked in tamarind and coconut sauce is a traditional South Indian delicacy served along with rice and also tastes good with idli and dosa. This kulambu/curry can be made in two ways, by adding balls directly or by steaming and then adding them to kulambu.

lentil balls cooked in tamarind and coconut sauce.

lentil balls cooked in tamarind and coconut sauce.


For the Lentils ball:

  • Toor dhall – ¾ cup
  • Channa dhall – ¼ cup
  • Garlic – 3 pods
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Red chilly – 4-5 nos
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Big Onion – 1 nos
  • Curry leaves – a strand
  • Coriander leaves – a handful

For gravy:

  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tbsp
  • Chilli powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Curry leaves – a strand
  • Oil – 2 tbsp

For grinding:

  • Coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Poppy seeds – 1 tsp

For Seasoning:

  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Fennel seeds – ½ tsp


  • Finely chop onions and tomatoes.
  • Soak dhals in water for about 2 to 3 hrs. Grind dhal along with red chillies, fennel seeds, ginger, garlic and salt. Sprinkle water if needed.
  • Add chopped onions, tomatoes, salt and curry leaves. Now make it into balls and steam it.
  • Grind Coconut, fennel seeds, poppy seeds to fine paste.
  • Heat oil in pan. Put mustard, fennel seeds and curry leaves. Add curry leaves, onion, ginger, garlic and stir it well. Wait till it turns golden brown.
  • Now add tomato, cook it till mushy. Add all spice powders one by one and salt. Stir it well till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the tamarind water and pour a cup of water. Allow it to boil till the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour in the coconut paste and again wait till it boil and the raw smell evaporates.
  • Add the lentils balls one by one and mix well. Cook for 5 mins.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.


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