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Mor Urundai Kulambu

Sharanya Raghuraman
120 minutes
Prep Time
45 minutes
Cook Time
3 People
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ABOUT Mor Urundai Kulambu RECIPE

These are the steamed dal dumplings in the coconut and yogurt gravy. This is a quick fix for the lunch, when you run out of veggies.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Accompaniment
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 3

  1. Coconut - 1/2 cup
  2. Fried gram dal - 1 tablespoon
  3. Green chillies- 2
  4. Red Chillies - 2
  5. Salt - 1 teaspoon
  6. Turmeric powder- 1/ 2 teaspoon
  7. Yogurt- 1/2 cup
  8. Water - 1/2 cup
  9. Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
  10. Toor dal - 1 cup
  11. Urad dal - 1 tablespoon
  12. Green chillies- 2
  13. Ginger- 1/ 2 inch piece
  14. Onion - 1 number, finely chopped
  15. Coriander leaves- 1 tablespoon, finely chopped
  16. Salt to taste
  17. oil - 1 teaspoon
  18. mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon
  19. Urad dal- 1 teaspoon
  20. Red chillies- 2 numbers
  21. Curry leaves - 8 to 10 leaves
  22. Coriander leaves- 2 tablespoons


  1. Combine coconut, fried gram dal, green chillies, red chillies , salt, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, yogurt and water in a blender and blend in to a smooth paste
  2. Wash and soak urad dal toor dal together for 1 hour
  3. Drain the water completely and grind it in to a coarse paste along with some salt, ginger and green chillies. Do not add water while grinding
  4. Transfer this mixture in to a bowl and add chopped onions and Coriander leaves. Mix well.
  5. Grease your idli plates well with some oil. Take lime sized portions from the dal mixture and place it in the idli molds. It will yield up to 12 dumplings
  6. Steam these dumplings for 7 to 8 minutes in a medium heat.
  7. Open the lid and check for doneness. It will be hard once it is done.
  8. The dal dumplings are ready. Keep aside
  9. Transfer the coconut paste in to a vessel and bring this to heat. Add water and adjust the consistency. It should neither be too thick nor too thin.
  10. When it comes to a boil, add half of the curry leaves and Coriander leaves. Save the other half for garnishing
  11. Add the steamed dal dumplings
  12. Mix gently and allow to cook in a medium heat for a minute. Turn off the heat
  13. In a seasoning pan, heat oil and crackle mustard seeds. Add urad dal and cumin seeds and fry till golden brown. Add red chillies snd curry leaves. Turn off the heat.
  14. Pour this hot seasoning to the gravy. Check for seasoning. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with rice

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