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January 20, 2020

Iyengar Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu Recipe – No Onion No Garlic Recipe

Paruppu urundai kuzhambu is our family favorite. Usually I make in this method. But this time I tried Iyengar style no onion, no garlic paruppu urundai kuzhambu recipe following the recipe from Iyengar thaligai. It came out very well and super flavorful as I cooked in tin coated bronze pot which I recently got from Zishta. Its an organic cookware shop in Jayanagar, Bangalore. You can get handcrafted, quality checked, traditional cook wares in this shop. Actually I have a bronze pot given by my mom for my marriage. Every year I use that pot for making sweet pongal on Pongal festival day. In bronze pot, we cannot cook tamarind based or lemon based tangy dishes. But tin coated bronze pot can be used to prepare all the tamarind, lemon based dishes and rice dish like pongal, upma, payasam, So I got this pot from Zishta. Its really good. I can feel its handcrafted and not a machine mould. I am not sure about wear off of the tin coating. But I hope it will take at least an year if used on a daily basis. But proper washing care is needed. Click this link on how to maintain this pot. When I made this kuzhambu in tin coated bronze pot, it was so flavorful which I never experienced in my kitchen. It was amazing and I had a different cooking experience. Though the pot takes slightly more time to heat up and cook, it holds the heat for hours together. So we can enjoy this kuzhambu hot or warm for more time. Overall, I am happy with this purchase. Friends, do check out this recipe and try in a traditional cookware. You will love its taste and flavor ! Lets see how to make Iyengar style paruppu urundai kuzhambu with step by step pictures.

Check out my Iyengar style milagu kuzhambu recipe, manathakkali vathal kuzhambu , Iyengar sweet pongal too.





Iyengar Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu Recipe


Iyengar Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu Recipe

Learn how to make this delicious Iyengar paruppu urundai kuzhambu recipe



Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 120 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 140 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 240ml (For paruppu urundai)
  • Bengal gram / chana dal - 1/4 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Red chilli - 2
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
  • Cooking oil or gingely oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cooking soda - a small pinch ( optional)
  • Asafetida / hing - 1/4 tsp
For kuzhambu
  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Kuzhambu milagai thool or sambar powder - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed for kuzhambu 
To temper
  • Gingely oil/ Sesame oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 (pinch into 2)
  • Hing / Asafetida - a pinch
HOW TO MAKE IYENGAR PARUPPU URUNDAI KUZHAMBU
  1. Soak tamarind. Wash and soak dals, red chilli in required water for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. Drain the water and grind coarsely adding salt and hing.
  3. Take in a bowl. Add rice flour, coriander leaves, oil and cooking soda.
  4. Make balls and keep aside. In a pot or kadai, take 2 cups of tamarind extract.
  5. Add sambar powder, salt and hing. When it boils, add the dal balls one by one.
  6. Cook till balls float on top and gets cooked. Switch off the stove once the kuzhambu becomes thick.
  7. Lastly temper the ingredients in gingely oil and add to kuzhambu. Garnish with curry leaves.
  8. Serve hot with plain rice adding ghee or gingely oil. Tastes great for 2 to 3 days when refrigerated.
IYENGAR PARUPPU URUNDAI KUZHAMBU - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and soak dals and chilli in required water for 2 to 4 hours. Drain the water completely. Grind coarsely adding required salt and hing. Soak tamarind in 2 cups of water.

  • Take in a bowl. Add rice flour, coriander leaves, gingely oil and cooking soda (If using). Mix well and make balls. Set aside.

  • Take 2 cups of tamarind extract. Add sambar powder, hing and required salt. Boil in high flame. When the tamarind extract starts to roll boil, add dal balls one by one keeping the flame high.

  • After adding all the balls, lower the flame to medium. Cook in medium flame till urundai gets cooked. Balls float on top after its cooked. Adjust water quantity based on need. Check the kuzhambu taste and add more sambar powder, salt if needed. Boil for few minutes. 

  • Switch off the flame when the kuzhambu turns thick as you like. Lastly do the tempering part. Heat gingely oil. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, hing and red chilli. Add to kuzhambu. 

  • Garnish with curry leaves and serve with plain rice adding ghee or gingely oil. It stays good for 2 days when refrigerated.

    Enjoy !

Note

  • Addition of baking soda and oil in the urundai mixture helps to make the urundai soft and well cooked.
  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste.
  • Thickness comes to this kuzhambu from the dal balls/ urundai. If necessary you can mash one or two urundai in the kuzhambu. 

Try this Iyengar style paruppu urundai kuzhambu and enjoy with plain rice and roasted papad !
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January 13, 2020

Tomato bath Recipe - Karnataka Style Tomato Pulao Recipe

Karnataka style tomato bath
Karnataka style tomato masala bath was in my try list for years. Here in Bangalore, people make tomato rice in different ways and call it in different names like tomato masala bath, tomato bath, tomato chitranna, tomato palav etc. Recently I followed a recipe from Rekha aduge’s YouTube channel. It came out so good and flavorful. Its taste reminded few restaurants to me. Its a simple one pot recipe. It can be prepared easily in a pressure cooker. So you can make it quickly during busy morning hours. Ideal for lunch box. Kids would also love it. You can add green peas or avarekalu  / field beans during its season. But I made it simple and plain. Friends, do try this Karnataka style tomato bath recipe and share your feedback with me.
tomato bath recipe

Tomato bath recipe


Tomato bath recipe

Tomato masala bath recipe in pressure cooker



Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 240ml
  • Raw rice - 1 cup (Sona masoori rice)
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 small piece
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Big onion - 1 (Finely chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 2 (Use 1 if using Tamil nadu tomato, I used Bangalore tomato)
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp to 3/4 tsp (Use Kashmiri chilli powder)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
  • Mint leaves - 10
  • Salt - as needed
To grind masala
  • Ripe tomato - 1
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic cloves - 7
  • Cinnamon - 1 small piece
  • Cloves - 2
  • Water – to grind masala
HOW TO MAKE TOMATO BATH
  1. Wash and chop onion, tomato and set aside. Wash the rice and soak in water for 10 minutes.
  2. Grind all the ingredients given under” to grind masala”.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Saute cinnamon, bay leaf, cloves and cardamom.
  4. Saute onion and ground masala paste till raw smell leaves.
  5. Add tomato, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and saute till mushy.
  6. Lastly add mint + coriander leaves. Add rice along with soaked water.
  7. Mix well. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  8. Switch off the flame. Open the cooker and fluff the rice.
  9. Serve hot with onion raita. Enjoy !!
TOMATO BATH RECIPE METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash the rice and soak in water for 10 minutes. In the mean time, wash and chop onion and tomato.

  • Grind all the ingredients given under “To grind masala” to a smooth paste adding required water. Set aside.
  • Tomato bath recipe
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and cardamom. Saute for a while. Add onion and saute till transparent.
  • Tomato bath recipe
  • Add the ground masala paste and saute till raw smell vanishes. Add tomato, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and saute till tomato becomes mushy.
  • Tomato bath recipe
  • Lastly add coriander + mint leaves. Mix quickly. Add rice + soaked water. Mix gently. Check for taste and add salt or chilli powder if needed.
  • Tomato bath recipe
  • Keep the flame high and close the pressure cooker. Put the weight valve as soon as steam comes off. Lower the flame completely and pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. Open the cooker after the steam is released naturally. Fluff the rice gently and serve hot with onion raita ! Enjoy !Tomato bath recipe

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder as per your taste.
  • Use Kashmiri chilli powder to get this bright color.
  • Do not add more coriander and mint leaves.
Try this easy, yummy Karnataka style tomato bath recipe and share your feedback !
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April 2, 2019

Arachuvitta Sambar Without Dal For Rice

sambar without dal for rice
I wanted to try arachuvitta sambar without dal for long time. My friend told it tastes great for both rice and idli. So I wanted to give a shot and I had bookmarked some YouTube videos too. Finally I tried it last week for my lunch as I was in short of toor dal in my kitchen. This is more like Tamil brahmin’s style varuthu aracha kuzhambu / arachuvitta kulambu for rice but without using dal. You don’t need to use toor dal or moong dal in this recipe. The aroma of freshly roasted and ground spices is the highlight for this sambar recipe. It helps to give great flavor and thickness to this sambar.  Not only dal, less tamarind and coconut is used in this recipe. When you feel bored of the regular paruppu sambar for rice, you can try this. If you want to avoid dal in your diet for health reasons, you can make this kuzhambu. As I prepared this with mixed vegetables like carrot, beans, potato, chayote, brinjal it came out very flavorful, tasty and healthy. You can also add drumstick, lady’s finger, pumpkin, turnip if you like. You can also prepare this masala powder in advance and make this sambar instantly. Bachelors and working women would find it helpful. Friends , do try this sambar recipe without dal and enjoy with rice. I personally liked it with idli, dosa too !

Check out my brahmin style arachuvitta sambar, no onion no garlic udupi sambarbrahmin style potato currybrahmin style vatha kuzhambu

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Arachuvitta sambar without dal for rice


Arachuvitta sambar without dal for rice

Arachuvitta sambar without dal for rice adding mixed vegetables.



Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Mixed vegetables - 1 cup ( 1 carrot, 5 beans, 1 potato, 1/2 chayote, 2 brinjals)
  • Big onion - 1 (Chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 1
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Hing/Asafetida - 2 pinches
  • Salt & water - as needed
To roast and grind
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander seeds / Dhania - 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds/ Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 5 leaves
  • Red chilli - 4 ( I used Kashmiri chilli/ Byadgi chilli for bright red color)
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Raw rice – 1/2 tsp
To Temper
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
HOW TO MAKE SAMBAR WITHOUT DAL FOR RICE
  1. Wash and chop all the vegetables into cubes. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and roast all the ingredients given under ‘To roast’. Lastly add coconut, roast for a minute. Grind to a powder. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Saute onion,curry leaves and mixed vegetables.
  4. Add tomato and saute till mushy. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder, salt and tamarind extract.
  5. Lastly add the ground powder, mix well. Add some water if needed.
  6. Pressure cook for one whistle in low flame. Temper mustard seeds in ghee and add to sambar. Garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy with plain rice !
SAMBAR WITHOUT DAL FOR RICE - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and chop vegetables, onion, tomato and set aside. Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water. Heat oil in a kadai. Roast chana dal, coriander seeds, red chilli, methi seeds, cumin seeds, raw rice in low flame till nice aroma arises. Lastly add curry leaves , grated coconut. Saute for a minute. Switch off the flame. Grind to a powder. Set aside.
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    sambar without dal for rice

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Saute onion few curry leaves, mixed vegetables. Then add tomato and saute till mushy.
  • sambar without dal for rice
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, sambar powder. Saute well. Add 1 cup of tamarind extract.  Add the freshly ground masala powder too.
  • sambar without dal for rice
  • Mix well. If the kuzhambu is too thick, add 1/2 cup more water. Pressure cook everything in very low flame for one whistle. For this, keep the flame high till steam comes out. As soon as steam starts to come off, reduce the flame to completely low.

  • Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Switch off the flame. Remove the lid after steam is released. Mix well and see the consistency of kuzhambu. If thick, add some water, check for salt and boil for a minute. If fine, you can do the tempering part.
  • sambar without dal for rice
  • For tempering , heat ghee in a small kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves and cumin seeds. Add to the sambar and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves. Close the bowl with a lid. Give a standing time of 30 minutes to 1 hour for best taste. Tastes great the next day. So you can refrigerate and use this kuzhambu for 2 to 3 days.

  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of red chillies as per your taste. I used byadgi chillies which gives bright color but tastes less spicy. 
  • Flavor of this sambar varies based on the red chilli. 
  • Addition of rice in the masala helps to give thickness to the kuzhambu. You can skip it too.

Try this yummy arachuvitta sambar without dal. Enjoy with plain rice adding a tsp of ghee !
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March 13, 2019

Bottle Gourd Sambar Recipe / Sorakkai Sambar / Lauki Sambar

Sorakkai sambar
Sorakkai sambar / Bottle gourd sambar with freshly ground spices (Arachuvitta sorakkai sambar in Tamil) is an yummy, flavorful sambar recipe for rice. I have never tried varieties of sorakkai recipes for rice apart from  paal kootu , Poricha kuzhambusorakkai dosai and poriyal. When I heard about this sorakka sambar from my neighbor, I was tempted to give a try.  Basically bottle gourd is a bland vegetable. It doesn’t have any appealing flavor or taste. But its a healthy vegetable with lots of benefits. It has more water content which helps for weight loss, provides cooling effect to body, reduces liver inflammation, treats constipation etc. So I try to include this veggie atleast once in a week in my diet. For this sambar instead of following my usual sambar recipe, I added Tamil brahmin style arachuvitta sambar masala by roasting and grinding the spices, chilli and coconut. It came out very well with an awesome aroma. We loved this sambar very much. In Karnataka, my friends make Sorakkai sambar in a different way by adding a different masala. Soon I will try to learn from them and make a post. Now lets see how to make Tamilnadu style sorakkai sambar recipe with step by step pictures.

Check out my other sambar varieties for rice.

Also check out my 70+ kuzhambu recipes !



Sorakkai Samabr / Bottle gourd sambar recipe


Sorakkai Samabr / Bottle gourd sambar recipe

Arachuvitta Sorakkai sambar / Bottle gourd sambar for rice with freshly ground masala.



Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Sambar
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Toor dal - 1/3 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil - few drops
  • Bottle gourd - 1/2 ( Cut into big chunks)
  • Big onion - 1 (Chop into cubes)
  • Tomato - 1 (Chop into cubes)
  • Green chilli – 1 (slit into two)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp (Optional, Use any brand or homemade)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To roast and grind
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds / dhania - 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli - 6
  • Raw rice - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing - 2 pinches
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
To Temper
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
HOW TO MAKE SORAKKAI SAMBAR
  1. Wash and peel the skin of sorakkai / bottle gourd. Cut into two and chop the spongy portion. Discard it. Chop sorakkai into big cubes and set aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker, take the toor dal, chopped bottle gourd, onion, tomato, green chilli, cumin seeds, required water and a drop of cooking oil. Cook for 1 whistle in very low flame. Mash the dal gently and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Roast all the items given under “To roast and grind”. Grind to smooth paste.
  4. To the cooked dal add tamarind extract, ground masala paste, salt and some water.
  5. Roll boil for 5 minutes till nice aroma wafts. Temper in ghee and add to sambar. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with rice !
SORAKKAI SAMBAR RECIPE - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water. Wash the bottle gourd and peel its outer skin using a peeler. Cut into two pieces and remove the center, spongy part using a knife and hands. Discard the soft part with seeds. Now chop the sorakkai into big pieces as we are making sambar with it. For poriyal or kootu, you can chop it finely.

  • In a pressure cooker base, take toor dal, chopped bottle gourd, chopped big onion, tomato, slit green chilli, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, required water and a drop of cooking oil. Keep the flame high and cook till steam starts to come out of the nozzle. As soon as steam comes out, lower the flame completely and put the weight valve. Let it pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. It may take 8 to 12 minutes depending on the size of cooker. (If you use small sized cooker, keep it in small burner gas stove. For bigger sized cooker, use big burner.). Open the cooker lid after the steam is released on its own. Mash the dal gently with a ladle. Make sure you don’t mash the sorakkai pieces.

  • While pressure cooking, you can roast the ingredients for sambar masala. For this, heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai. Roast chana dal, urad dal, red chilli, methi seeds, coriander seeds and raw rice. Roast in medium flame till dal turns golden brown. Do not burn any ingredient. After roasting, grind everything to a smooth paste adding coconut and water. 
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  • Add 1 cup of tamarind extract, sambar powder (optional), ground sambar masala paste to the cooked dal. Adjust the consistency of sambar by adding water. Add required salt. Let the sambar roll boil for few minutes till nice aroma wafts through your house. Add little water based on the thickness of sambar. Switch off the flame and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

  • Last but not the least do the tempering part. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a small kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves and add to sambar. Mix well and close with a lid. Give a standing time of 30 minutes to 1 hour for best taste and flavor.

  • Mix this sambar with plain rice. Do not forget to add few drops of ghee while serving !(This sambar thickens as it cools down. So add some water, give a boil and serve hot whenever needed). Enjoy !

Note

  • Do not chop sorakkai into small pieces. It gets mashed up while pressure cooking. So use big pieces.
  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli as per your spice level.
  • This sambar thickens over time. So you should add water whenever needed, give a boil and serve hot.
  • Addition of sambar powder is optional in arachuvitta kuzhambu. But I use little.
  • Do not forget to temper in ghee for more flavor.

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March 5, 2019

Palak Pulao Recipe – Spinach Pulao Recipe

Palak pulao
Palak pulao is an easy, healthy one pot rice variety that can be prepared easily under 15 minutes. Indian style Spinach rice can be prepared in many ways. Today I have shared an easy version of palak rice using a pressure cooker. I learnt it from my School moms friend Tara. This recipe is very similar to my Karnataka style veg palav recipe. To make this palak rice bright green in color, add some turmeric powder and sugar. I have added frozen green peas. You can also add mixed vegetables like carrot, beans, potato to make this rice more healthy and filling. Ok, lets see how to make palak pulao / spinach rice recipe with step by step pictures.

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Palak pulao recipe


Palak pulao recipe

Palak pulao recipe / Spinach rice using a pressure cooker for lunch box



Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Black stone flower / Kalpasi - 1
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Cashew nuts - Few
  • Green peas – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Salt - as needed
  • Lemon juice - few drops
To grind
  • Palak leaves - 1.5 cups
  • Green chilli - 2 to 3
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic cloves - 5
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion - 1/2
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2tsp
HOW TO MAKE PALAK PULAO / SPINACH PULAO
  1. Wash and chop the palak leaves. Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes.
  2. In a mixie jar, grind palak and other ingredients given under “To Grind” to a smooth paste.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Saute the spices, onion and cashews.
  4. Saute the palak masala adding sugar and salt. Add peas.
  5. Add water and bring to boil. Add the rice and lemon juice.
  6. Mix well and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  7. Open the cooker after steam is released. Fluff the rice and serve with onion raita !
PALAK PULAO / SPINACH PULAO - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Cut the root and stem part of palak leaves/ spinach. Wash it well. Chop roughly and set aside. Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 15 minutes. In the mean time, grind the masala.

  • In a mixie jar, take the palak leaves, cinnamon , cloves, cardamom, ginger, garlic, green chilli, fennel seeds, big onion and turmeric powder to a smooth paste adding water. Set aside.
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  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker. Saute a bayleaf and black stone flower. Add onion and saute till transparent. Add cashews and saute for a minute.
  • Palak pulao
  • Now add the ground palak masala paste. Saute in medium flame till its raw smell goes off. Add some sugar and required salt. Add frozen green peas and mixed vegetables (if using). Mix well.
  • Palak pulao
  • Lastly add 1.5 cups of water and sprinkle some lemon juice. Let it come to a roll boil. Taste the water to check the salt and spices.  Now add the soaked rice. Mix gently and close the lid of pressure cooker.
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  • Keep the flame high till steam comes out of the nozzle. As soon as vapor comes out, lower the flame completely and put the weight valve. Pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. It takes nearly 8 to 10 minutes. Switch off the flame. Open the lid after the steam is released. Fluff the rice gently with a fork like ladle. Serve hot with onion raita.
  • Palak pulao
    Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli as per your taste.
  • To retain the green color of rice, add some turmeric powder and sugar.
  • Do not keep the palak puree for long time. Use it as soon as you grind the masala to avoid discoloration.

Easy, yummy, one pot palak pulao is ready, Enjoy !
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February 27, 2019

Karamani Kuzhambu – Thatta Payaru Kulambu Recipe

Karamani kuzhambu
I tried this Karamani kuzhambu aka Thatta payaru kuzhambu in Tamil (cowpeas / black eyed pea gravy in English) for the first time by getting the recipe from a friend. This kulambu recipe is with coconut and fennel seeds masala. So it was so good and flavorful just like hotel kara kuzhambu. The flavor of roasted red karamani enhanced it even better. We all loved this Kulambu. We had a satisfaction of including a healthy legume in our regular diet. My friend told me to soak the cowpeas over night and pressure cook it before adding to the kuzhambu. But I simplified the job by following my MIL’s technique of cooking karamani instantly without soaking. Yes, I roasted the karamani in some oil till its aromatic and then pressure cooked it in the kulambu itself. It was well cooked and soft to eat. Friends, if you follow this method you can make cowpeas gravy for rice under 15 minutes using a pressure cooker. I am sure you will love to see the layer of oil floating on top once you open the cooker. If you want try the same recipe by soaking and pre cooking karamani, you can try that too. In that case soak it for 3 to 4 hours in hot water. Similarly you can use white Lobia/ cowpeas or brown chana. If you like, you can pair it with any vegetables like brinjal, potato or lady’s finger. Ok, lets see how to make karamani / thatta payir kuzhambu recipe with step by step pictures.

If you want to try this kuzhambu without coconut, please check my brown chana kuzhambu for an idea. You can use karamani instead of kondakadalai.
thatta payaru kuzhambu

Karamani kuzhambu / thatta payir kulambu recipe


Karamani kuzhambu / thatta payir kulambu recipe

Thatta payaru kuzhambu / Karamani kulambu recipe for rice made instantly without soaking cowpeas in an easy way using a pressure cooker.



Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Kuzhambu recipes
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Cowpeas / red karamani / thattai payir - 1/2 cup
  • Sesame oil or cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek / Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion - 1 (chopped finely)
  • Garlic cloves – 10 no.
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Ripe tomato - 1 (chopped finely)
  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt and water - as needed
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
HOW TO MAKE KARAMANI KUZHAMBU
  1. Wash and keep the karamai aside.  You ca n soak it for 4 hours optionally. Wash and chop onion, tomato.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds, cumin seeds and urad dal.
  3. Saute onion, garlic cloves and curry leaves till transparent.
  4. Add karamani and roast for 5 minutes in low to medium flame.
  5. Add chopped tomato and saute till mushy. Add sambar powder, salt and turmeric powder.
  6. Saute quickly without burning. Add 1 cup of tamarind extract, ground coconut paste. Mix well.
  7. Pressure cook in low flame for 3 to 4 whistles. Switch off the flame and remove after steam is released. Mix well and serve hot with plain rice. Enjoy !
THATTA PAYARU KULAMBU / KARAMANI KUZHAMBU RECIPE - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash the karamani/ cowpeas and drain the water completely.  You can soak the karamani adding enough water for 4 to 6 hours OR make it without soaking too. I did not soak the karamani instead I roasted in oil till flavorful and pressure cooked as told below.  Wash and chop onion, tomato finely. Peel garlic cloves.

  • Grind coconut, fennel seeds to a smooth paste adding required water. Set aside.
  • Karamani kuzhambu
  • In a pressure cooker base, heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, methi seeds and cumin seeds. Add onion, garlic cloves and curry leaves. Saute till onion becomes transparent.
Karamani kuzhambu

  • Add karamani. Roast it for 5 minutes in low to medium flame till nice aroma arises. Then add tomato and saute till mushy. (Instead of roasting karamani, you can soak it for 4 hours, pressure cook it and add to the cooker. In that case pressure cook the kuzhambu for one whistle in low flame).
  • Karamani kuzhambu
  • Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt. Saute quickly. Then add 1 cup of tamarind extract. Mix well. When it comes to a boil, add the ground coconut paste. Mix well and check for taste. Add more salt and sambar powder if needed. Cover the cooker with a lid. Keep the flame high. When the steam starts to come out, put the weight valve. Reduce the flame completely low.
  • Karamani kuzhambu
  • Cook for 4 to 5 whistles in low flame. Karamani cooks well and soft. Don't worry, it won't turn mushy. If you are using soaked karamani,  pressure cook for one whistle in low flame. Remove after the steam is released. You can see a layer of oil floating on top. Mix well an check for consistency of kuzhambu. If its too thick, add some water and give one boil. If its too thin, boil for few minutes to evaporate the excess water. Serve with plain rice. If you like, you can add a tsp of oil or ghee over the kuzhambu while serving. Enjoy ! Stays good for 2 days in refrigerator. 
  • Karamani kuzhambu

Note

  • For variations, you can use brown chana or white chana instead of cowpeas in this kuzhambu but soak them overnight, pressure cook and then add it.
  • Fennel seeds gives a nice flavor to this kuzhambu. So do not skip it.
  • This kuzhambu stays good in refrigerator for more than 2 days. You can store and enjoy.

Try this easy, yummy karamani kara kuzhambu and share your feedback with me !

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