Thursday, March 15, 2012

Masal Vadai Kuzhambu

For Gravy/Kuzhambu

  • Onion - 2
  • Tomato - 2
  • Tamarind - 1(small) lemon size
  • Pepper - 1/2 tsp (coarse powder)
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 2 pinch
  • Fenugreek seeds - 2 pinch
  • Garlic - 4 to 5 cloves
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt - as need
  • Oil - 3 to 4 tsp

For Masal Vadai

  • Kadalai Paruppu/Channa dhal - 2 cups
  • Ulutham Paruppu/Urud dhal - 5 tsp
  • Onion - 2 big 
  • Dry Chillies - 4 (chopped finely)
  • Green chillies - 2 (chopped finely)
  • Garlic - 6 cloves (chopped finely)
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 2 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick - 2" (crushed to pieces)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - few
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt as per taste


To prepare gravy

  • Soak the tamarind for 10min in hot water.
  • In a pan, add oil, and when it is bit hot, add fenugreek seeds.
  • Take half of the onion and garlic and keep aside.
  • Now add onion and salt and fry for 2 to 3 min.
  • Add tomato and garlic(crushed) and saute well.
  • Now add the tamarind water, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and allow it to boil.
  • In mixie, add the remaining half of the onion, garlic, pepper and cumin seeds and grind to a fine paste.
  • Add this to the boiling gravy and allow to boil for another 20 min.
  • Add coconut milk and again allow to boil in less flame.

To prepare Masal Vadai
  • Soak the dal (kadalai paruppu)  for nearly 3 to 4 hours.
  • Filter the water throughly.
  • In the mixie or food processor, grind the soaked dhall. (do not add water).
  • Transfer this into a big bowl and mix the other ingredients except oil.
  • In a kadai, pour enough oil and heat it keeping in medium flame.
  • Make them in to vadai shape and put it in the oil slowly. 
  • Fry them till golden brown and put it in the boiling kuzhambu/gravy immediately, so that it soaks nicely.

23 lovely comments:

Menaga Sathia

what a tempting n tangy khuzhambu!!

Shama Nagarajan

wow..interesting recipe .
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Just looking at the picture is making my mouth water.
yum yum !


Looks so inviting. Delicious gravy...


Hi Akila, first time here, thanks for dropping by my place, nice kuzhambu, even I make almost a similar version, following U..


Tangy and yummy kuzhambu.

Vimitha Durai

Would be perfect for dosas dear... Looks yum

very new 2 me..gravy looks yumm n delicious too....

thank u so much 4 ur lovely words in my space n tahnx 4 following....


very yummy and tempting the gravy ...


Thanks akila for dropping by & commuting on my space.. helped me find urs.. you are such seasoned blogger.. wow! i love the masala vadai.. have had something similar in ratna cafe :)

Santosh Bangar

tempting curry. new idea to use chana dal

Binys Recipes

long time not been here....have to catch up on a lot of recipes here....the gravy is thick and luscious

Follow Foodie

Glad to follow you!
Thanks for dropping in my space..U have a excellent blog..


nice masala vadai kuzampu, thanks for cisit my space..


Delicious looking kuzhambu n mouthwatering presentation.

Sobha Shyam

wonderful vadai in gravy, looks delicious..Thanx for stopping by my space :)

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Purabi Naha

This recipe looks great and something I'm going to try for sure!


That looks wonderful ! Though your blog name says, learning to cook, I can't believe that after seeing a recipe like this :D Thanks for visiting my blog :-)


Delicious and yummy kuzhambu


delicious, spicy and very tempting curry..loved the colour of the gravy..


Curry looks very inviting and mouthwatering. Love the recipe.


Sounds very tempting! wish I have this with rice now :)

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