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Paruppu kuzhambu Recipe | Nellai Paruppu Kulambu

Nellai Paruppu Kuzhambu
Nellai Paruppu Kuzhambu sets itself apart from the traditional Paruppu Kuzhambu with its unique characteristics. Slightly more liquid in consistency, the preparation method resembles that of sambar. However, the distinction lies in the absence of sambar powder in this recipe. The inclusion of vegetables remains optional, as the true essence of its flavors shines through even with its thinner texture. For an ideal accompaniment, indulge in the delightful Drumstick Leaves Poriyal. 
Paruppu kuzhambu

 Nellai Paruppu Kuzhambu


Toor dal / Thuvaram Paruppu - 1 cup
Tomato - 1
Green chilli - 6
Small onion - 2
Garlic - 4
Tamarind - 1 small pulp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Potato - 1
Brinjal - 2
Drumstick - 1/2
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

To Grind:

Grated Coconut - 1 tblspn
Cumin - 1/2 tspn

To Temper:

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Small onion - 1
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Oil - 1 tblspn


Grind together coconut and cumin without water.

Extract tamarind juice and keep aside.

Pressure cook everything under ingredients except tamarind (toor dal, tomato, onion, green chilli, garlic, turmeric , asafoetida and vegetables) and mash it.

Add ground coconut, tamarind extract along with 2 cups water and salt.

Keep in flame for 5 mins.

Serve with rice and your favorite side dish.

  • Adding vegetables is optional.

Ingredients for paruppu kuzhambu
Keep all your ingredients ready
to pressure cook
In a pressure cooker, take dal, chopped small onion, tomato, green chilli, garlic asafoetida, turmeric and pressure cook till dals get cooked. Once the pressure is released, mash it
wash and soak
Cut the vegetables and soak in water till use
cook vegetables
Add the vegetables to the mashed dal and pressure cook for another 2-3 whistles
tamarind extract
After 3 whistles, add tamarind extract
Grated coconut
2.5 cups of water
and salt. Cook for 5 minutes in medium flame without the lids closed
pour tempering
Heat a tadka pan with 1 tblspn oil, add mustard seeds, onion and curry leaves. Pour this tempering over the kuzhambu
Paruppu kuzhambu ready
Its ready!

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