Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kondakkadalai Kuzhambu

Kondakkadalai is nothing but black channa and this kuzhambu is super yummy. Besides using black channa to make kadala curry (to go with puttu) or a sundal, every once in a while this kadalai makes an appearance in this tasty kuzhambu for us to enjoy.


Black Channa - 1 heaped cup, soaked overnight
Tamarind - lemon sized pulp, soaked in 1 cup warm water
Sambar powder - 3 to 4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp (optional)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Onion - half, chopped
Salt - to taste

Gingelly oil (Nallennai) - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - half tsp
Urad dhal - half tsp
Vendhayam (Methi seeds) - few
Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry leaves - few

To Fry & Grind:
Garlic - 2 cloves
Onion - quarter of a small one, cut into pcs
Channa dhal - 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp (optional)
Peppercorns (whole) - 2
Coconut - 3 tbsp, grated

Fry the above (except coconut) in a tsp of oil. Allow to cool and grind with coconut and some water to make a smooth paste.

1) Pressure cook black channa with some salt and sufficient water till very soft (1 whistle on high and 25 minutes on the lowest flame possible)

2) In a pan, heat the oil and season with mustard seeds, urad dhal, methi seeds, asafoetida & curry leaves. Add the onions and fry till translucent.

3) Add the chilli, sambar & turmeric powders and fry for about 30 seconds before adding the extracted tamarind water. Add the cooked black channa and salt to taste.

4) Add about 2 cups of water and let this boil until the gravy thickens a bit (about 20 minutes or so).

5) Now add the ground paste and let boil for another 5 minutes or so and it will thicken to a good consistency. Serve with rice.

Other tasty recipes with black channa:


  1. This recipe sounds very tasty and yumm.Its tempting me to try.Will try it soon....

  2. i too make this kuzhambu often Lavanya..Nice pic.

  3. Love to have puttu for the kadalai curry :) Tasty one

  4. woo this looks like kerala kadala curry...i luv thm to have with puttu..best ever combo..

  5. Thankyou for posting this recipe. I had this at a friend's house long back (my pre-cooking era) and loved it. Never bothered to take the recipe at that time. This looks exactly like that and i'm sure it tastes like that too. I'm so excited to see this recipe like i found some treasure :-)

  6. love the combination of the masalas used. The kuzhambu looks so good and no wonder it tasted so great Laavanya!

  7. Never tried to make this kind of kuzhambhu using black channa. Love to try this sometime. Sounds very interesting recipe laavanya.

  8. Kadala curry looks great. My fav combo with puttu:-)

  9. Looks like a nice alternative to the usual kadala curry for puttu.

  10. Any substitute for coconut? I do so dislike processing it. :) This looks lovely and fulfilling.

  11. never knew we could make kuzumbhu with kondakaddali..i bought some recently as it is a very healthy..will try this ..looks really good!!

  12. never knew we could make kuzumbhu with kondakaddali..i bought some recently as it is a very healthy..will try this ..looks really good!!

  13. I love this kolumbu & make it same way too.. yum yum with rice.. love it with Idiyappams too!

  14. i like black channa than kabuli ones. i feel black ones have more flavour as they are nutty and very earthy. and this recipe is bookmarked.

  15. Wow kuzhambu looks gr8. Black channa dal tempting me to cook. Soon iam gonna try this.

  16. Superb dish yaar...frying the garlic also is new to me..Shud definitely try...Lavs,have tagged you dear...chk out ramyacooks..

  17. WOW delicious recipe, and look yummyyyyy!!!

  18. the gravy looks so thick & lovely laav! has such an earthy taste.

  19. Thank you Sireesha. Hope you do :)

    Thanks Kamala

    Cham, I've never tried having this with puttu.. usually make a more watery, slightly different kadala curry for that.

    Thanks Suma.. but this is a bit different because of the tamarind & spices.

    Vibaas - am glad to hear that :) Hope you try it and find that it meets your expectations.

    Thank you Shri & Uma.

    Shriya - it's definitely a tasty variation.

    Thanks Shreya & Jayasree. This is different from kadala curry though.

    Sra, hmm.. you could try avoiding it totally or use desiccated coconut instead. Do you get prepacked dessicated cococnut in supermarkets there?

    Sowmya, I make a few different gravies with it.. am sure you'll like it. Takes a bit longer to cook than white channa but very tasty.

    Seema, thanks - I've not had this with idiyaapam before. Got to try.

    Sia, you are so right.. this does have a suoerior flavour than white channa.

    Thank you kitchenflavours - hope you do :)

    Thanks Ramya. I've already done that meme & posted last year :)

    Thank you madhavi..

    Richa - you've described it very appropriately.

  20. Looks fabulous, Laavanya! I make a similar one, but your grinding ingredients are little different than mine. I will try your way next time :)

  21. Hey kuzhambu looks super delicious .. its a new dish for me

  22. Hi Laavanya,

    I tried your kondakadalai kuzhambu recipe and it came out great! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing your recipe!


  23. Thank you Sujatha - good to see you back.

    Thank you VP.

    Nandini, wow that was fast!! :) Thanks so much for your feedback - am so glad that you enjoyed it.

  24. looks delicious laav..has been long i have had any of this stuff!!

  25. This is one of my favorite dish I used to have at my mallu friend's place. I simply love the aroma of it... I tried but never turned so aromatic as her mom makes. I should try yours...

  26. Hey laavanya....
    We tried your kuzhambu..came out v good...added kasa kasa and tomato to the fry and grind mix...


    - Vijayshankar

  27. Vijay, good to hear you liked it. I like the addition of tomato and kasakasa, will give that a try the next time I make this.


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