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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu

Video of preparation:
These tasty urandai will give meatballs a run.  These urandai can also be used in vathal kuzhambu and rasam.

To make the Urandai - Toor dal Balls
1 cup toor dal (makes 24 balls)
water to soak the dal
2 green chilies
2 red chillies
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed(saraso)
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
2 tablespoon rice powder

Wash and soak the dal for at least one hour before grinding.  To grind: discard the water it was soaking in add green chilies, red chilies, turmeric powder and salt and grind to a smooth paste with as little water as possible.

Heat a tablespoon oil and add mustard seeds to it.  When the mustard seeds pop add the asafoetida let it sizzle for a few seconds, add the ground dal and rice powder and cook the dal until it is dry and pliable.  Remove from the burner and when it is cool make large marble size balls and place them on an idli plate for steaming.  Place them so that they do not stick to one another.  Steam for about 10 minutes and remove and keep aside.
Makes about 24 urandais 

Mor Kuzhambu
3/4 cup grated coconut
1 or 2 whole red chili
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds (methi)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
a few curry leaves
4 cups yogurt preferably slightly sour
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
4 cups yogurt
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

Grind the coconut with red chili, fenugreek and cumin seeds and curry leaves with very little water to a smooth paste.
Prepare the yogurt, if it is too thick add some water and beat it to remove the lumps.  Next, to a pan on medium heat add the yogurt, ground coconut mixture, turmeric powder and salt, cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the yogurt is hot but not boiling over, keep it aside for seasoning.
To season heat a pan with oil add mustard seeds to it.  When the mustard seeds pop add the coriander and cumin powder let it sizzle for 10 seconds and add it to the mor kuzhambu.  Lastly add the prepared toor dal balls or urandai and serve.
Serves 4.

Serves with rice or chappati