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March 13, 2013

PAKODA KUZHAMBU RECIPE

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Pakoda kuzhambu
Blogging has helped me to get many good friends.One such friend is Sudha..We became friends very recently, we discuss much about varieties of recipes..She always encourages me to post unique dishes. Last week when we were chatting , she asked me about pakoda kuzhambu. Though i have not tasted or tried it , i remembered the recipe i wrote in my cookbook long time back..She told its a famous gravy in chennai & asked me to try and post here..I quickly referred some websites to compare with my cookbook recipe and tried it. I loved it very much. The procedure and the taste is very similar to vada curry. After i surfed , i came to know this is a chettinad famous dish and it tastes good for rice , idli & dosa too. This gravy can be made with or without coconut as per our taste. I added little coconut paste for thickness.Also the pakoda recipe i’ve given here is an instant version. I have not used channa dal for making pakoda.Instead i used besan flour and made it like our onion pakoda. Usually Onions are chopped finely and added.I sliced it and used..Pakoda was very crispy..Do try this and let me know how u liked it.
Pakoda - kuzhambu

INGREDIENTS
FOR PAKODA
  • Gram flour/ Besan flour – 6 tsp
  • Rice flour – 2 tsp
  • Big onion – 2 nos ( thinly sliced)
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • fennel – 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking soda – A small pinch
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Salt & Water – As needed
FOR GRAVY
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 piece
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Small onion – 10 nos (finely chopped)
  • Whole Garlic cloves – 10 nos
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Red chillies – 1 no
  • Tamarind – A big goose berry size
  • Sambhar powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp (to grind)
METHOD
  • Take a wide bowl and mix all the ingredients given under “For pakoda” adding little water to make a thick paste. Pinch small balls and deep fry the pakoda till onions turn golden brown.Set aside.
Pakoda kuzhambu tile 1
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  • In a kadai , heat oil and add cinnamon , mustard seeds , urad dal , fennel seeds, red chillies .. Once they r sautéed add onions , garlic cloves, curry leaves .Saute till onions turn transparent.
  • Now add the tamarind extract , sambar powder, a piece of jaggery and required salt & water. Allow it to roll boil for sometime.
Pakoda kuzhambu tile3
  • Grind the grated coconut to a smooth paste adding little water.
  • Mix the paste in the tamarind mixture.Add some more water if necessary and boil for few minutes. Finally add the pakodas , mix well and switch off the flame.
Pakoda kuzhambu tile 4
  • Garnish with coriander leaves..Serve hot !

Pakoda kuzhambu ladle
Note
  • If u want to make channa dal pakora , soak channa dal for 1 hour and grind it coarsely along with other ingredients given above. Finally sprinkle coriander leaves, mix well and deep fry ..
  • If u do not add coconut paste , the gravy tastes more like vatral kuzhambu..
  • While grinding coconut , u can also try adding fried gram dal , khus khus for variations.
  • Some people adds one small onion and jeera  while grinding coconut..


26 comments :

  1. Looks so yummy Chitra!!
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  2. one of my fav.. i always keep few pakodas to make this one..i love the spices u hv used..

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  3. wow that is an interesting one:) delicious!!!
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  4. heard this but never tasted it ! need to try one day !

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  5. We do make this same way but for pakoda use the soaked channa dal and grind it..ur version sounds inviting and tempting..

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  6. wow..delicious and tempting .

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  7. This is a famous dish in chettinad which will served in marriages

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  8. Wow that looks so delicious, luvly clicks.

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  9. What an interesting combination, looks so tempting!!

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  10. Thanks for sharing the recipe Chitu.Will try n let u know.

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  11. Nice one, like the vada curry :)

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  12. never heard of pakoda curry, would love to try it out :)

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  13. I add kadalai paruppu or vadai paruppu pakoda in this kuzhambu. Adding kadalai maavu pakoda is new to me. Kuzhambu looks good. Shall try it sometimes.

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  14. This is a new recipe to me,can imagine the flavor

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  15. Pakoda kuhambu is nice idea, mostly pakoda gets over,I have to keep some to make this one. delicious.

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  16. This is new to me.. Looks so delicious and interesting!

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  17. One of my moooosssstttt favorite one !
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  18. Would be great for dosas or chapathis na... Nice kulambhu

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  19. Love the pictures..This also one of my family favorite recipe..pefect combination for Idli or dosai..My mom's recipe is slightly different than this.Will post her version soon..

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  20. Yummilicious curry I have not made this for days will make it soon.. Love it anytime :) Nice clicks too :)

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  21. Wow, never knew there was something like this..

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