Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe

Pakoda Kuzhambu is one of the popular and tasty kuzhambu variety in Chettinad Cuisine. Bengal gram dal with spices and onions are made into yummy and crispy pakodas which are then added to tangy and masala rich kuzhambu. A very mouth-watering kuzhambu variety which has to be mixed with hot steaming rice. Any stir-fry veggie would be a nice combination, but personally, I like serving this yummy kuzhambu with papad / fryums. We can also make pakodas like we normally do with gram flour, rice flour, onion and spices. But making pakodas with channa dal would be much crispier and tastier than using flour. We can make the kuzhambu and pakoda in parallel which will make the whole process easier and quicker. Now, lets see how to make this yummy Pakoda Kuzhambu..

Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe
Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time2 hours
Cooking Time40 mins
Recipe CategoryMain
Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe
Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe

Ingredients for Pakoda:
Channa Dal / Bengal Gram Dal1/2 Cup*
Fennel Seeds1/2 teaspoon
Red Chilli2
SaltTo taste
Ginger1/2 inch piece
Garlic 2 Cloves
Chopped Coriander Leaves1/4 Cup
Onion1 medium size
OilFor Deep Frying

* 1 cup = 250ml
Ingredients for Kuzhambu:
Tamarind1 small Lemon size
Onion1 medium size
Green Chilli1
Corainder Powder1/2 teaspoon
Sambar Powder 1 tablespoon
SaltTo Taste
Chopped Coriander Leaves1 tablespoon

Ingredients for Grinding:
Grated Coconut1/4 Cup
Poppy Seeds1 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds1/2 teaspoon

Ingredients for Seasoning:
Oil1 tablespoon
Mustard Seeds1 teaspoon
Fennel Seeds1/2 teaspoon
Bay leaf
Cinnamon Stick1 inch piece

Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe
Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe

Method for making Pakoda:
  1. Soak the channa dal in water for about 2 hours. After 2 hours, drain the water from channa dal and add the channa dal to the mixer along with garlic, ginger, red chilli, chopped coriander leaves, fennel seeds and salt 

  2. Grind them all to a coarse paste. Coarsely ground pakoda mixture will be crisper than the smooth mixture. So make sure you grind it coarsely. Take the coarsely ground pakoda mixture to the bowl and add chopped onions. 

  3. Mix the onions and pakoda mixture well. Heat oil in a pan for deep frying the pakodas. When the oil is hot, take small quantities of pakoda mixture and drop them in oil, 

  4. Deep fry the pakodas till they are crispier and turns golden brown color. Remove the fried pakados and place it in a bowl having tissue paper to drain the excess oil. Repeat the step for and fry the rest of pakodas. Now our pakodas are ready. Set them aside. Lets prepare the kuzhambu next.

Method for making Kuzhambu:
  1. Soak the tamarind in water and extract the juice

  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds and fennel seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and fry for few seconds. Then, add finely chopped ginger and garlic and fry them for 10 seconds. Next, add finely chopped onions,

  3. Saute the onions till they are translucent. Then add finely chopped tomatoes to the pan. Along with the tomatoes, add the slit green chilli, coriander powder, sambar powder and give a good mix. 

  4. Keep the flame in medium and allow the onion-tomato mixture to get cooked nicely. Next, add the tamarind water along with salt and mix well. Allow the tamarind mixture to boil for 5 minutes to get rid off the raw smell of the tamarind extract. 

  5. Meanwhile, take the grated coconut, poppy seeds and cumin seeds in a mixer and grind them to a nice paste by adding water. Set this aside till the tamarind mixture gets nicely cooked

  6. When the raw smell of the tamarind goes off, add the coconut paste and give a good stir. Adjust the consistency of the kuzhambu if needed by adding water. Finally add the deep fried pakodas and allow the kuzhambu to boil for 2 minutes and garnish with coriander leaves. Switch off the flame. If you are going to serve the kuzhambu later, then add the pakodas just 15 minutes before serving.

  7. Serve the Yummy Pakoda Kuzhambu with hot steaming rice and enjoy the chettinad style Pakoda Kuzhambu!!!
  8. Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe
    Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe

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