Dec 21, 2009

Kadalai Paruppu Kuzhambu / Chana dal curry

This is a different version of chana dal curry. It is a variation from the usual dal made using toor dal. This uses split chana dal or kadalai paruppu as called in tamil. It is a very quick one and can be made in a matter of minutes using a pressure cooker. it goes well with rice and any poriyal or kootu or with some appalams/papads.

Chana dal / Kadalai Paruppu - 1 cup
Coconut(grated) - 1 teaspoon (optional)
Sambar powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

For the tempering:
Oil - 1 spoon
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1 teaspoon
Dry red chilli - 1
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Garlic - 1 clove (minced)
Jeera/ Cumin - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - few

In a pressure cooker add the washed dal along with the turmeric powder and water enough to cover and cook the dal. Pressure cook for about 3 whistles. Open the pressure cooker add enough salt and grated coconut and simmer for about five minutes.

Meanwhile in a saucepan do the tempering adding all the ingredients one by one. Pour the seasoning over the cooked dhal.

Serve with hot rice.

Sending this to MLLA: Eighteenth Helping hosted by Srivalli and started by Susan


  1. Dear Divya. Thanks for adding me to ur blogroll. This Chana daal looks awesome. I normally make it the north Indian way by adding tomatoes,onions, ginger and garlic. Will try ur version. Also would love to participate in ur "Show me yoUR cAKE EVENT ".

  2. Such a delicious and droolworthy curry DIvya, just love this..

  3. All time fav...very comforting and yumm :-)

  4. wow, quite different.. I can imagine this with hot rice and appalams!

  5. Never made kadala parrupu kuzhambu! New and delicious version!

  6. Such a quick dish with little difference. Nice one.

  7. This is a new dish to me Dhivya...slightly different from the kadalai parupu kootu I make...will try yours soon...looks tasty :)

  8. yummy yumm!!! Curry looks mouthwatering...Nice clicks too

  9. lovely dal..even i love using chana dal for making dals..

  10. Quite easy way to prepare chana dal, else I prepare with whole lot of ground masala !

  11. Never tried with kadalai paruppu,looks awesome,sure have to try soon!

  12. i love this recipe very mother in law used to do...i love to eat with idly and dosa.

  13. thanks for sharing... I m quite novice whn it cumes to southindian cooking..

  14. Hi Divya came here from Ramya's blog. You have a lovely space here..Loved this homely dal!!


  15. Perfect comfort food, some days this is all I want....

  16. A different recipe sounds very interesting perfect combination with rice no .....
    Hey Divya can u please add my blog also in you blogroll here it is

  17. never tried this. sounds good. and baked falafel looks yummmyyyy..sorry for posting the comment here.

  18. Another of my favorite dal Divya. I love it.

  19. Very comforting dhall recipe, good with steamed rice.

  20. Just a simple and comforting delicious recipe dear..

  21. Have you ever tasted this recipe with a piece of pork it's completely delicious or with a green salad it is great.


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