Thursday, 6 November 2014

Paruppu Kuzhambu (Simple Dal Tadka)

Paruppu Kuzhambu is a simple South  Indian  curry. You can make this recipe quickly within few minutes. It is very flavorful and thick in consistency It is also  names as Tadka Dal | | Pappu Charu | Lentil curry|Dal Gravy|Dal stew.Paruppu Kuzhambu/Dal gravy is a very traditional and authentic kuzhambu prepared in all most all the houses in Tamil Nadu. This same paruppu kuzhambu is prepared differently many places. The flavors from  onions and tomatoes compliment very well; and spiced it up with green chilies. Tadka means seasoning is made with mustard, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves which give good aroma to this recipe.

Check out my other kuzhambu Varieties


Prep time

Cook time


5 mins

20 mins

4 persons


Cuisine:  Indian (Lunch –Main dish)





1. In a pressure cooker add3 cups of water, toor dal , turmeric powder, salt and oil. When the steam comes from the cooker put the weight and cook for 10 min.Cut onions, hot green chili into fine pieces.

2. In a pan heat 2 table spoon of oil add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, split black gram. When mustard seed start to splatter add the cut onion, green chili, curry leaves and cook until onion turns golden brown. Add tomatoes and cook in medium heat for 2-3 minutes .Now add the mashed dal and cook for few more minutes.


3. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes while stirring in between. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with steamed rice or roti. Paruppu kulambu is great with steaming rice and some roasts(Varuval).  

4. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot with steamed rice, dosa.

Served with

Steamed rice

Idli or dosa,

Vazhakkai(Raw banana) Stir fry


Use gingelly oil or ghee for tempering, which is the best for this paruppu kuzhambu.


  1. Simple with less spicy dal is a such comforting food. any time with ghee topping :D

  2. Delicious shobana love to try it.

  3. dal is always a comfort food, looks delicious..

  4. comfort food... nothing can beat this

  5. tempting me to have with ghee topping and accompaniment of potato curry..

  6. tempting to have with hot white rice n pickle...:)

  7. comfort food looks nice and yummy


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