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April 21, 2020

Appala Kulambu – Iyengar Appalam Kuzhambu Recipe

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Last week when I was looking for kuzhambu without vegetables, I made this Iyengar style appala  kulambu for the first time. I never thought a vatha kuzhambu adding fried appalam / papad tastes so good. Its so easy to prepare and also stays good for 3 to 4 days in refrigerator.

Day by day, its taste and flavor got improved when I reheated and consumed it. I am sure this kuzhambu recipe without vegetable, coconut, onion, garlic would be helpful during this lockdown period. Use sesame oil / gingely oil / nalla ennai and fry the papad in oil for best taste.

 Ok friends, lets see how to make this no onion, no garlic, no vegetable, no coconut appala kulambu recipe with step by step pictures.

Appala Kulambu Recipe

Kheer / Payasam

Iyengar appala kuzhambu without any vegetables, onion, garlic and coconut.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish for rice
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

To saute in oil ( 1 cup = 240ml)
  • Sesame Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Appalam / Plain Papad - 3 ( small)
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Red chilli - 1 ( pinched into 2)  
  • Hing / Asafetida – a pinch
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1 tbsp ( add more based on taste)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Jaggery – 1/2 tsp
  • Rice flour – 1 tsp
  • Water & Salt – as required
  1. Heat sesame oil in a kadai. Tear the papad into small pieces. Fry the papad in oil.
  2. Lower the flame and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, methi seeds, cumin seeds and red chilli.
  3. Once the dal turns golden, lower the flame completely. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder, salt, hing and pinched curry leaves. 
  4. Saute quickly and add 1 cup of tamarind extract immediately.
  5. Add jaggery and boil the kulambu till raw smell leaves.
  6. Mix rice flour in little water without lumps.
  7. Add to the kuzhambu and boil till it becomes thick and oil starts to float on top.
  8. Switch off the flame. Serve with plain rice and enjoy !
  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup warm water for 15 minutes and take the extract. Take the papad and tear it into small pieces. Heat sesame oil in a kadai and fry the papad pieces. 

  • Lower the flame and add the mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, methi seeds, pinched red chilli, hing and curry leaves.
  • Saute till dal turns golden brown. Lower the flame completely. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder. Mix quickly without burning. 
  • Add 1 cup of tamarind extract. Mix well, add required salt, jaggery. Boil till raw smell of tamarind goes off. If needed, add 1/2 cup more water. Check for taste and add more sambar powder if necessary.
  • Mix 1 tsp of rice flour in 1/4 cup water without lumps. Add to the kuzhambu and boil till it becomes thick and oil starts to float on top. 
  • Switch off the flame. Transfer to a bowl, serve with plain rice with any kootu as side dish.


  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste. 
  • You can also fry the papad in oil separately and add to kulambu while boiling at the end.  

Friends, try this easy, yummy appala kulambu for rice and enjoy  !

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