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Paruppu Urundai More Kulambu| Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce

Paruppu Urundai More Kulambu| Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce

Traditionally lentils balls are cooked in onion tomato gravy which is very healthy too. I tried to make a small change and cooked the lentil balls in yogurt sauce (more kulambu). It is quicker to make too and trust me it tasted yummy! And more than all, it is a complete protein food for vegetarians! If you are serving this with rice for lunch, don’t forget to eat with a good size of vegetables stir fry. I love carrot fry with this gravy. Try this at home and enjoy good food 🙂

Serves: 4

Calories per Serving:320; Carb- 43g; Fat- 10g; Fiber- 10g; Protein – 17g

Preparation time:  15M Cooking time:  10M Total time:  25M

Difficulty: Easy


For Lentil Balls:

1 Cup Channa Dhall (Dried Split Chickpeas)

1 Green / Red Chilly

1.5 tsp Fennel Seeds

¼ tsp Salt

For Sauce:

2 Cups Yogurt

1.5 Tbsp Coconut

2 Green Chilly

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

1 inch Ginger

1 tsp Rice (For thickness)

½ tsp Salt

Coriander/ Cilantro (For Garnishing)

1.5 Cup Water

For Seasoning:

1 tsp Oil

1 tsp Mustard Seeds

2 Red Chilly


  1. Soak Lentils for about 1-2 hrs. and drain them completely. Grind it coarsely along with green chilly, fennel seeds and salt without adding water.
  2. Make equal sized lentil balls.(Makes about 12 balls)
  3. Soak rice for about 10 minutes.
  4. Grind everything except yogurt first and then add in the yogurt and give a good whip.
  5. Heat oil in a pan, temper with mustard seeds, once it crackles add curry leaves, red chillies and fry for 10 secs.
  6. Add the yogurt mixture, water and let it boil for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the lentil balls one by one and cook covered in medium heat for about 10 minutes. The balls will start floating in the sauce once it gets cooked.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  9. This can be served with millet rice, rice, dosa, idly, roti etc.

Stepwise pictures:


  1. Reduce the number of red/ green chillies if you don’t like spicyness.
  2. The gravy will become thick once it cools down, so add water accordingly.
  3. You can add turmeric powder, chopped shallots (small onions) and coconut while making the lentils balls.
  4. Instead of split chickpeas, you can use toor dhall or a combination of both.

Micronutrient Values:

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