Pakoda Kuzhambu - Chettinad Pakoda Kulambu Recipe

Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe
Pakoda Kuzhambu was something new until I tasted it at my aunts place.Pakoda Kuzhambu is nothing but chana dal fritters(pakoda) soaked in a spicy coconut tomato based gravy(kuzhambu).When I was newly married we had been invited to my aunts place for lunch and this was what she served along with other dishes and this pakoda kuzhambu atonce caught my attention by the look of it and loved the taste too.I was not blogging then so I never bothered to ask for the recipe(as you all know blogging urged me to learn cooking :)).Even years later the taste of this pakoda kuzhambu still lingers, so few weeks back I called her up and asked for the recipe, she happily gave the recipe along with tips which was very helpful for me.I have tasted only few of her dishes but can easily say she is one of the best cooks I've known, veg or nonveg she carries with ease and the taste is soo good.

I always take atmost care while preparing recipes borrowed from family members thinking not to spoil the orginal recipe ;) But this one came soo good in my first try itself and everyone at home relished it.Mittu loved the pakodas to be had as such.This can be a great sidedish with rice, I had the leftover with idli and I soo loved it.
Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe

Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Side dish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Big Onion - 3 tbsp finely chopped
Tomato - 2
Tamarind - 1 tsp mixed with 1/4 cup water
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste

For pakoda:

Chana Dal - 1/2 cup
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chillies - 2
Garlic - 4 cloves
Big Onion - 2 tbsp finely chopped
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped

To grind to a paste:

Coconut - 3 tbsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp

To temper :

Oil - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Curry leaves - a small sprig
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp


  1. Soak chana dal for 2 hrs.Drain water completely. Then in a mixer add chana dal along with red chillies,fennel seeds,garlic and grind it to a coarse paste.I did it in batches as I used my small jar.
    How to make pakoda kuzhambu - Step1
  2. Collect the mixture in a mixing bowl, add chopped onion, required salt and coriander leaves and mix well,Set aside.Get ready with all other ingredients shown below.
    How to make pakoda kuzhambu - Step2
  3. Heat oil a kadai.Pinch small portions of the mixture and carefully drop them into oil and deep fry until reddish golden.Drain in tissue paper and set aside.
    How to make pakoda kuzhambu - Step3
  4. Grind together coconut and fennel seeds to a fine paste,Set aside.In a pan - heat oil add the items listed under 'to temper'.
    How to make pakoda kuzhambu - Step4
  5. Add ginger garlic paste and let it fry for a minute then add onion and fry till slightly browned then add tomatoes.
    How to make pakoda kuzhambu - Step5
  6. Saute till tomatoes shrink and is mushy.Add turmeric,red chilli and coriander powders.Saute till raw smell completely leaves and the mixture is more like a thokku.Add required salt.
    How to make pakoda kuzhambu - Step6
  7. Then add 3/4 cup water(adjust according to the thickness) along with tamarind pulp and let it boil for a good 5-7mins.
    How to make pakoda kuzhambu - Step6
  8. Then add coconut paste and let it to boil in sim until the kuzhambu becomes thick and oil separates, this may take atleast 5mins.Finally add the prepared pakodas along with chopped coriander leaves.Switch off.
    How to make pakoda kuzhambu - Step6
Serve with rice.
Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe

My Notes:

Pakoda Kuzhambu Recipe