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October 4, 2018

Chow Chow Kootu Recipe – Chayote Kootu Recipe In Pressure Cooker

 chow chow kootu recipe
 Chow chow kootu (Chayote in English) is one my most favorite kootu recipes. Basically chow chow is a vegetable with rich water content. It doesn’t have any particular smell or taste. Generally we Tamil people make this chow chow kootu at least once in a week in our regular lunch menu. Its a good side dish for vatha kuzhambu and puli kulambu. In my family, both mom and MIL make chow chow kootu with small variations. My MIL adds moong dal whereas my mom adds chana dal along with coconut, green chilli paste. Usually we add small onion while grinding coconut but this kootu can be prepared without onion as well. It tastes and smells good in both the ways. My mom adds little milk at the end to give a rich taste and to look white in color. I combine my mom and mil’s recipes and make this kootu in a pressure cooker directly to ease my job. For variations, this kootu can be prepared adding sambar powder too. In that case, kootu looks orange in color. Ok, lets see how to make chow chow kootu / Chayote kootu with step by step pictures in an easy way using pressure cooker.

Do check out my other kootu recipes too.

how to make chow chow kootu

Chow Chow kootu recipe / Chayote kootu recipe


Chow Chow kootu recipe / Chayote kootu recipe

Chow chow kootu recipe with moong dal, coconut and green chilli. Its a good side dish for vatha kuzhambu / Puli kulambu.



Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Kootu recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Chayote / Chow chow - 1 no.
  • Moong dal or chana dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Boiled milk – 2 tbsp (optional)
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chilli - 1 to 2 nos.
  • Small onion or big onion - 2 nos / 1/4th
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
  • Water - to grind
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few

METHOD

  1. Wash and peel the skin of chayote / chow chow and chop into small pieces.
  2. Grind coconut, green chilli, cumin seeds, onion and rice flour to a smooth paste.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves.
  4. Add the chopped chow chow. Saute for a minute. Add moong dal, ground coconut paste.
  5. Add the required water and salt. Mix well and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  6. Remove after the steam is released. Add the milk, little water if needed. Mix well and give one boil.
  7. Serve hot with vatha kuzhambu or puli kulambu sadam and sutta appalam. Tastes yum!

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and peel the skin of chow chow / Chayote using a peeler. Remove the seed. Chop into small pieces and set aside.
  • chow chow kootu recipe
  • Grind coconut, green chilli, small onion, cumin seeds and rice flour to a smooth paste adding required water. Set aside.
  • chow chow kootu recipe
  • Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves. Add the chopped chow chow pieces. Saute for a minute.
  • chow chow kootu recipe
  • Add moong dal and mix well. Add the ground coconut paste, required salt and mix well. Add 1/2 cup of water. Close the pressure cooker and keep the flame high. As soon as the steam comes from the nozzle, put the weight valve and reduce the flame to low completely. Pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle.  It takes 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame after one whistle. Remove the cooker lid after the steam is released. Mix well, add milk and check the consistency. If the kootu is too thick, add 1/4 cup of water, give one boil. If its watery, boil for few minutes to reach the desired consistency. Switch off the flame.
  • chow chow kootu recipe
  • Serve with vatha kuzhambu rice or puli kulambu rice. Tastes great with sutta appalam / roasted papad. If you like, you can mix this kootu with plain rice adding ghee. Enjoy !      chow chow kootu recipe

Note

  • Do not add more green chillies. Kootu will become spicy.
  • Do not add more water in the pressure cooker. As this vegetable itself is rich in water content, it will cook easily in less water.
  • Do not skip cumin seeds while grinding coconut. It adds a nice flavor.
  • You can avoid onion while grinding if you are making this kootu on vrat/ fasting days.
  • For variations, chana dal can be used instead of moong dal. Soak chana dal for 15 minutes for perfect cooking. 
  • Similarly sambar powder can be used in place of green chilli. One chopped tomato can also be used in the cooker. In that case, kootu looks orange in color. 

Try this easy, yummy chow chow kootu in a pressure cooker and enjoy with rice.

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March 16, 2018

Cabbage Sambar Recipe - Muttaikose Sambar For Rice

cabbage sambar
I learnt this cabbage sambar / muttaikose sambar recipe for rice from my friend Shalini. She told 3 different ways of making this sambar in South Indian style but I chose to try cabbage sambar with freshly ground masala like arachuvitta sambar. It came out very flavorful and great in taste. We couldn’t even find any trace of raw cabbage smell in the sambar. If you want to try no onion, no garlic sambar recipes for festivals or occasions, you can try this recipe. Sendhil is not a big fan of cabbage recipes. But he loved this sambar a lot and told me to prepare it often. It tasted good with idli, dosa as well. After making it thrice in the last 2 weeks, I am posting this recipe. Friends, Do try this muttaikose sambar recipe for a change and share your feedback with me. Ok, lets see how to make South Indian Cabbage sambar recipe with step by step pictures.

Don’t forget to check out my cabbage masala kuzhambu for rice, dosa,
cabbage poriyal, purple cabbage poriyal, purple cabbage salad, Cabbage kootu, Cabbage vada recipes.

muttaikose sambar recipe

Cabbage Sambar Recipe


Cabbage Sambar Recipe

South Indian style cabbage sambar recipe


Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar Recipes
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

To Pressure cook( 1 cup = 250ml)
  • Toor Dal - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Cabbage - 1 cup ( thinly sliced)
  • Small onions or big onion - 10 nos / 1no ( Optional)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Cooking oil - Few drops

  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Hing / asafetida – a pinch
  • Jaggery – 2 pinches
To saute and grind
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds / Dhania - 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1.5 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds / fenugreek seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 4 nos ( use 6 nos for spicy sambar)
  • Grated coconut - 2 tsp
  • Water - to grind to paste
To Temper
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Red chilli – 1 no
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish

METHOD


  1. Soak tamarind in water. Wash and chop cabbage. In a pressure cooker base, take all the ingredients mentioned under “to pressure cook”. Add water and cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Mash the dal well after steam is released. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and roast the spices for sambar. Grind to smooth paste.
  3. Take 1 cup of tamarind extract and add to cooked dal in pressure cooker. Add ground masala, salt, sambar powder, jaggery, hing and boil the sambar for few minutes till nice aroma arises.
  4. Temper in ghee and add to sambar. Switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  5. Cover and leave for 2 hours before serving for all the flavors to blend well. Serve with hot rice drizzling ghee.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Soak tamarind in warm water. Take 1 cup of tamarind extract and set aside. Wash and chop cabbage into thin or thick slices as you like. Peel and Chop onions.
  •  In a pressure cooker base, take toor dal, chopped cabbage, chopped onion (optional), turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil and few torn curry leaves. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Mash the dal with a ladle after steam is released. Set aside.
    cabbage sambar recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Roast all the ingredients given under “to saute and grind” in medium flame without burning it. Lastly add the coconut, switch off the flame and mix well. No need to roast the coconut. Just mix with other roasted spices. Let it cool. Grind to smooth paste adding water.
    cabbage sambar recipe
  • Add 1 cup of tamarind extract to the cooked dal in pressure cooker. Add the ground masala paste, sambar powder, salt, hing and jaggery. Mix well and roll boil the sambar for few minutes till nice aroma arises. You can add some water if sambar is too thick.
    cabbage sambar recipe
  • Heat ghee in a small tempering pan. Add mustard seeds, red chilli, curry leaves and let mustard start to splutter in low flame. Add this to the sambar. Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves. If possible, rest this sambar for 2 to 3 hours before serving for all the flavors to infuse well. At the time of serving, you can reheat it or serve it with plain hot rice drizzled with ghee.
  • Enjoy this cabbage sambar with any poriyal and papad/ appalam.cabbage sambar recipe

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of red chillies as per the taste.
  • Tempering in ghee adds a nice flavor to this sambar. Do not skip it.
  • Do the tempering only at the end.
  • Tomato is not necessary for this sambar.If you want to add, saute in oil and then add to cooked dal.

Try this easy, yummy cabbage sambar for a change and enjoy with plain rice, poriyal and appalam !
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March 8, 2018

Easy Dal Tadka Recipe - How To Make Dal Tadka Using Pressure Cooker

Dal tadka recipe
 North Indian style Dal tadka is an easy and quick to make Indian lentils/dal based recipe. Its a good and healthy side dish for plain rice, Jeera rice, ghee rice and Phulka/roti/chapathi. It is an one pot recipe that is prepared with toor dal, spices, onion and tomato. Dal tadka can also be prepared using combination of toor dal, masoor dal, moong dal, chana dal etc. There are many versions of dal tadka recipe like Dhaba style, Punjabi hotel style and Gujarati style dal tadka recipes.But each recipe has its own taste and flavor with minor variations in the procedure and ingredients used. Today I have shared a basic recipe of how to make dal tadka at home using pressure cooker with simple ingredients following the recipe from Veg recipes of India. It comes out very well every time. Its our family favorite recipe. This has become my go to recipe for dal tadka. Original recipe has called for using charcoal to infuse smoky flavor in the dal just like the restaurant ones. But I skipped this step as I don’t get charcoal in my place. Ok, Lets see how to make dal tadka with step by step pictures.

Dal tadka recipe in pressure cooker

Dal tadka recipe


Dal tadka recipe

North Indian Dal tadka recipe with step by step pictures.


Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup = 250ml
  • Toor Dal - 1/3 cup
  • Water - 2.5 cups
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( small, finely chopped)
  • Ginger – 1/ 2 tsp (Finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Cooking oil - few drops
  • Salt - As needed
For tadka / To temper
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed garlic - 5 cloves
  • Red chilli - 1 no (whole)
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Hing / Asafetida – a pinch
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Crushed Kasoori methi - 1/2 tsp (optional)

METHOD


  1. Wash and take the toor dal in a pressure cooker base.
  2. Add chopped onion, tomato, ginger, green chilli, turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil to the dal. 
  3. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Mash the dal after steam is released.
  4. Add salt and crushed kasoori methi. Boil for few minutes adding water.
  5. Temper the ingredients & add to dal. Garnish with coriander leaves.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES


  • Wash the toor dal.Take in a pressure cooker base. Add finely chopped big onion, tomato, green chilli, ginger, turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil and required water.
    How to make dal tadka
  • Pressure cook in very low flame for two whistles. Open the lid after steam is released. Mash the dal with a whisk nicely. Make sure dal is completely mushy.

  • To the cooked dal, add salt and crushed kasoori methi. Mix well and check for taste. Add little water to adjust the consistency of dal. Please remember this dal thickens when it cools down. So add some water to bring the dal to flowing consistency. Simmer the dal for few minutes.

  • Heat ghee in a tadka pan/ Tempering kadai. Lower the flame. Splutter cumin seeds, curry leaves, whole red chilli, crushed garlic cloves and hing. Keep the flame low and add red chilli powder, garam masala powder. Mix immediately and switch off the flame. Take care not to burn the chilli powder. Add to the cooked dal on top of it.
  • You can garnish with coriander leaves and fresh cream if you like. Mix and Serve with plain rice, jeera rice or phulka.
  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can saute the onion, tomato , chilli, ginger and then add to toor dal. Pressure cook them together and proceed with tadka at the end.
  • In some restaurants, they add a tbsp of fresh cream for garnishing.
  • You can use equal quantity of masoor dal, toor dal and moong dal instead of using toor dal alone.
Try this easy, yummy North Indian Dal Tadka Recipe and enjoy with plain rice, ghee rice, jeera rice or phulka !
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December 9, 2017

Orange Peel Sweet Pachadi – Orange Skin Recipes Indian

orange peel sweet pachadi


Orange peel sweet pachadi is our latest invention with orange skin. Last week I bought a kg of Orange( Kamala orange in South India) as Raksha loves its juice very much. Every time I discard its skin as I was not aware of its benefits. Recently I found orange peel has so many health benefits. So I told my MIL to try some recipes with orange peel. She prepared 4 different recipes with orange peel. I have shared a picture of them in my instagram page as well. Some of my readers wanted the recipe for orange sweet pachadi. So I thought of sharing this as my first post with orange peel. I will try to share the remaining recipes in upcoming weekends. My MIL prepared this orange sweet pachadi following our mango sweet pachadi. But coconut is not used in this recipe. Instead we used ground black dates paste to give thickness and binding. So you can also call this as orange peel dates pachadi.We used jaggery instead of sugar. It tasted yummy with the sweetness of dates, jaggery to make it healthy. Tanginess & mild bitterness of orange skin with spicy taste of green chillies.So this pachadi is a blend of all the 5 taste. I relished this pachadi with sambar rice and curd rice. I loved it. I am sure you will like it too. Ok, lets see how to make orange skin sweet pachadi with step by step pictures. 

Do check out my  super soft eggless orange cake without condensed milk.

orange skin sweet pachadi

Orange Peel Sweet Pachadi Recipe - Orange skin pachadi


Orannge Peel Sweet Pachadi Recipe - Orange skin pachadi How to make orange peel sweet pachadi with dates and jaggery !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Orange Recipes
Serves: 1/2 cup
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Orange skin / Orange peel - 1/4 cup
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( Finely chopped)
  • Grated jaggery - 1/2 cup
  • Dates - 2 nos (I used black dates, big)
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Water - as needed ( I used 1/2 cup)
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
METHOD
  1. Wash and chop the orange skin into small cubes.
  2. Pressure cook by keeping in a box in high flame for 2-3 whistles adding little water.
  3. Discard the water and set aside.
  4. Boil jaggery, green chilli, salt, water till jaggery melts.Add cooked orange skin.
  5. Grind dates to paste. Add to the pachadi.Boil till thick.
  6. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal in oil. Add to pachadi and mix well.
  7. Store in a box after it cools down. It stays good for a week in refrigerator.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Remove the white threads from orange skin to reduce the bitterness and chop it into small cubes. In a pressure cooker base add 1 cup of water, keep the orange cubes in a small tiffin box, add little water and cook in high flame for 2 to 3 whistles. You can also steam in an idli pot. Discard the excess cooked water. Keep the orange cubes aside.
    orange peel sweet pachadi
  • In a kadai, take grated jaggery, finely chopped green chillies, a pinch of salt and 1/4 cup of water.After the jaggery is melted, add cooked orange pieces. Mix well. Do not cook orange pieces for long time. It will become hard to chew.
    orange peel sweet pachadi
  • Crush black dates to a paste using mortar & pestle. Add this paste to the orange mixture.  Add 1/4 cup of water. Mix well and boil till raw smell of jaggery and dates goes off. If the pachadi is too thick, you can add some water. Adjust the consistency like jam. Remove from the kadai. Orange pieces tastes slightly chewy on the first day but it becomes soft the next day.
    orange peel sweet pachadi
  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated , splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and add to the pachadi.Mix well and let it cool down.
    orange peel sweet pachadi
  • Store in an air tight box and refrigerate. It stays good for 1 week to 10 days. This pachadi thickens over time. So you can adjust its consistency by adding some water and boil it. Relish it with bread, curd rice or sambar rice. I can lick it as such ; –)). Enjoy !
Note
  • Cooking orange pieces before adding to pachadi is mandatory. If you saute and cook in jaggery, it will becomes chewy and hard. So do not attempt to cook directly in pachadi.
  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery as per the bitterness of orange skin.
  • Dates is used for binding. You can also use tomato puree instead.
  • Add more green chillies if you want to make sweet and spicy pachadi.

Try this easy, yummy orange skin sweet pachadi and enjoy !
In the below image, you can find orange pickle, orange skin kuzhambu and sweet pachadi.
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November 29, 2017

Pudalangai Kootu – Snake Gourd Masala Kootu Recipe

Pudalangai kootu
I learnt this pudalangai kadalai paruppu masala kootu / snake gourd kootu for rice from my friend Megha. This is not like the usual version of kootu. This kootu has a mild masala flavor with ginger garlic paste. I have already shared a brinjal masala kuzhambu learning from my friend Megha. This is also a very similar recipe but I have used soaked chana dal/ kadalai paruppu. In some hotels, they serve this kind of kootu. I make this kootu  directly in a pressure cooker to ease my job. I also make it slightly thin like a gravy and mix with rice & ghee. If you make it thick, you can have it as side dish for rice or chapathi. It tastes more like kurma kulambu. Whenever I make this pudalangai kootu, I make some spicy rasam to go with it. It would be a simple but comforting meal for us. Ok,  Lets see how to make snake gourd kootu with chana dal for rice.

Do check out my Arai Keerai/ Amaranthus kootu, Manathakkali keerai kootu, Palak Keerai kootu, Carrot kootu, Cabbage kootu, cluster beans kootu, Beetroot kootu and mixed vegetable kootu recipes too.

Snake gourd kootu

Snake gourd kootu / Pudalangai kootu


Snake gourd kootu / Pudalangai kootu

Snake gourd kootu with chana dal & masala - Pudalangai kadalai paruppu kootu


Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Kootu Recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Snake gourd / Pudalangai - 1 medium sized
  • Chana dal / Kadalai paruppu - 3 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 small piece
  • Cloves – 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Coriander leaves - 1 sprig
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds powder / Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
To Temper
  • Coconut oil or cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few

METHOD

  1. Wash and chop Snake gourd into small pieces.
  2. Soak chana dal in enough water for 15 minutes.
  3. Grind the items given under “To grind” to a smooth paste.
  4. Heat oil in a cooker base and temper mustard, urad dal and curry leaves.
  5. Saute chopped onion, tomato until mushy. Add snake gourd pieces, chana dal and ground masala paste.
  6. Saute till raw smell goes off. Add enough water and salt. Mix well and pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Serve with rice or chapathi.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and soak chana dal in enough water for 15 minutes. In the mean time, wash and chop snake gourd into small pieces. Chop onion and tomato into small pieces and set aside.
    Pudalangai kootu

  • Grind all the ingredients given under “ To grind” to a smooth paste adding water. Set aside.
    Pudalangai kootu

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Saute onion and tomato pieces. When tomato becomes mushy, add chopped snake gourd and soaked chana dal.Mix well.
    Pudalangai kootu

  • Now keep the flame medium and add the ground masala paste. Saute till raw smell goes off. Add water and required salt.
    Pudalangai kootu

  • Mix well and pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles.Remove the lid after the steam is released. If the kootu is watery, boil for sometime to make it thick. If its too thick, add little water, mix well and boil for few seconds.
    Pudalangai kootu

  • Enjoy mixing with hot rice adding ghee Or as a side dish for vatha kuzhambu sadam & chapathi / roti. Enjoy !

Note

  • Soaking chana dal is very important else it won’t cook properly. You should soak at least for 15 minutes,
  • You can use ridge gourd, bottle gourd or chow chow  instead of  snake gourd and make the same.
  • You can also use 1/2 tsp of garam masala powder if making for chapathi.
  • Grinding onions and gg paste gives a nice flavor.So do not avoid them.
  • You can skip coriander leaves if you don’t have in hand.
Try this yummy snake gourd masala kootu easily in a pressure cooker and enjoy !
Snake gourd kootu recipe
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November 9, 2017

Kondakadalai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe – Channa Kulambu For Rice

Kondakadalai puli kuzhambu
This is an easy Kondakadalai puli kuzhambu recipe without coconut / Brown channa gravy for rice in my MIL’s method. Some people also call this as Sundal kulambu. But we call it as karuppu kondakadalai vatha kuzhambu. This kuzhambu can be prepared easily without grinding any masala or coconut. So bachelors, working women and even housewives can complete their cooking very quickly. We make this brown chana kulambu at least once in a month to include pulses in our daily diet. Sometime my MIL adds brinjal/kathirikai or drumstick/murungakai in addition to brown chana. Recently I made this gravy with little soaked green gram. It came out very well and tasty. I have shared nearly 40+ kuzhambu recipes in my website but I haven’t posted any kuzhambu varieties adding pulses like kondakadalai/ chickpeas, lobia/karamani, green gram/pacha payaru, dried peas/pattani etc. Recently a reader asked me to share these type of kuzhambu varieties as they get a satisfaction of eating pulses during lunch instead of making them as sundal. Yes, its true. Even I love to consume pulses either for breakfast or lunch as it takes more time to digest and keeps the tummy full for long time. Lets see how to make kondakadalai kuzhambu with step by step pictures !

Check out my poondu kuzhambu,  sundakkai vatha kuzhambu and no onion no garlic manathakkali vatha kuzhambu too.

Chana kuzhambu

Kondakadalai kuzhambu Recipe - Chana gravy for rice


Kondakadalai kuzhambu Recipe - Chana gravy for rice

Kondakadalai kulambu without coconut - Channa gravy for rice


Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Kuzhambu Recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Brown chana / Kondakadalai - 1 cup
  • Tamarind - Small lemon size
  • Sambar powder - 1.5 to 2 tbsp
  • Jaggery – 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
To Temper
  • Gingely oil or cooking oil - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Toor dal - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Small onion or big onion - 10 nos/ 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Garlic cloves - 15 nos (Finely chop 5 nos)
  • Curry leaves - Few

HOW TO MAKE KONDAKADALAI KUZHAMBU

  1. Wash and soak brown chana/kondakadalai overnight or for 8 hours.
  2. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles.
  3. Heat oil and temper. Saute onion, garlic and curry leaves.
  4. Add the tamarind extract, sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  5. Add cooked channa and boil the gravy till raw smell goes off. Add little jaggery while it boils.
  6. Serve hot with rice !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and soak brown chana overnight or 8 hours in enough water. Drain the water and add to pressure cooker. Cook in very low flame for 2 whistles adding required water and salt. ( I had some soaked green gram.So I added it along with chana).  Soak tamarind in 2 cups of water and keep aside.
    Kondakadalai puli kuzhambu
  • Wash and chop onion finely. Chop 5 garlic cloves and keep the remaining as whole garlic cloves. Chop curry leaves finely. Keep aside. Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, toor dal and saute for a minute in medium flame. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, curry leaves and whole garlic cloves. Saute till onion turns transparent, garlic turns light golden in color and leaves a nice aroma.
    Kondakadalai puli kuzhambu
  • Take 2 cups of tamarind extract and add to the kuzhambu.This kuzhambu has to be slightly watery than the usual vatha kuzhambu because chana will absorb all the water and gravy becomes less in quantity. So its advised to make more in quantity. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder,jaggery and salt. Check for taste and add more sambar powder if needed. Drain cooked chana. Mix well and boil for 5 minutes till raw smell goes off. Add more water if needed.
    Kondakadalai puli kuzhambu
    Kondakadalai puli kuzhambu
  • Serve with rice and kootu / poriyal.

    Kondakadalai puli kuzhambu

  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per the taste. You can also use kuzhambu milagai thool.
  • You should make more gravy else chana will absorb the gravy as time proceeds and you won’t get enough quantity to serve.
  • For variations, you can add 2 tbsp of ground coconut paste.
Try this yummy brown chana kuzhambu for rice and enjoy with kootu/poriyal and papad !
Kondakadalai kuzhambu

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