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Saturday, April 27, 2013

easy-no-vegetable-poricha-kuzhambu recipe
     I have mentioned about this easy poricha kuzhambu in my murungakkai poricha kuzhambu recipe. This is also called ‘Rathri poricha kuzhambu’ as its made in the night time for dinner. My grandfather (mom’s/ FIL’s dad) is a great fan of this. Even at my in-law’s place, every one likes this.  Its simple and easy to make and easily digestible as it has only moong dal. My grandfather used to come back home hungry and ask my grand mom to make this as quick fix for the dinner, as its his favorite  Aj also likes this one to my surprise. No wonder his grand sons and great grand son too likes the same as their grand fatherHappy.   This is more like the south Indian version of North Indian dal.

Easy Poricha kuzhambu recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 3


Moong dal/ paasi paruppu - 1/2 cup

Onion - 1

Tomato - 1

Green chilli - 2

Arisi mandi* - 1 & 1/2 cup

Sambar powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Asafoetida - A pinch

Salt - as needed

To temper

Oil/ ghee - 1 & 1/2 tsp

Mustard - 3/4 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Jeera/ cumin - 1 tsp

Curry leaves - A sprig

Asafoetida - 2 pinches


  1. Pressure cook moong dal with a cup of water to 3 whistles. *Wash rice once and drain the water and add one and half cup water again to rice and wash the rice well and collect the water for using in this recipe.Chop onion and tomato finely, slit green chilli and set aside.  In a kadai, heat oil and temper with the items given under to temper table. Add green chillies, onion and fry till transparent.1-poricha-kuzhambu
  2. Add tomatoes and fry for a minute. Add the arisi mandi, turmeric, salt and sambar powder and bring to boil.2-poricha-kuzhambu
  3. Add pressure cooked mashed dal and boil until u get a thick homogeneous texture 4 – 5 minutes). Stir in between to avoid burnt bottom and adjust the water quantity if there is no water at all in the cooked dal.3-poricha-kuzhambu


    • Usually we collect the arisi mandi from the rice we are going to cook for that day and use it.
    • This recipe is supposed to be without any vegetables and any other complicated grinding process.
    • If not using arisi mandi you can use plain water too.

Serve with rice, topped with ghee, its perfect comfort food, easy to make when you have no vegetables in stock and you are in a hurry to cook.


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  1. Quick and interesting kuzhambu indeed! :)

  2. That looks so easy, will try it out

  3. Oh I did not know this dal was called poricha kuzhumbu... I make this usually along with avial or kathrikkai pitla ...nice click..

  4. Raks we name this dish as killu sambar looks delicious...cutie cute orange color

  5. Next time you have this with dosa. You would love the combo... :-)

  6. Never tried this kind of poricha kuzhambu !! Using srisi vandi is new to me !!

  7. Interesting dish. Looks delicious.

  8. it looks yummy and delicious.Inviting clicks.

  9. so simple! i am definitely make it one of these days.

  10. Hi raks
    Ur recipie looks good...i wish to try this...im a nontamilian and im not familiar with certain
    Tamil terms..can can you pls tell me what is this ARISI MANDI ...thanks...

    1. It means the water drained when we wash rice.

  11. Superb recipes. Wish your recipes have English names too as it is difficult for non tamilians to understand , thanks and regards - Jyothi

  12. Awww.. You have married ur cousin. Just like me :) my mom and my fil are siblings!
    Love your recipes

  13. Hi raks, Thank you so much for your recipes.. It's a pleasure opening your blog and seeing the beautiful pics of the delicious food you prepare.. I have a doubt regarding the glass pot you use for cooking many of your yummy foods. Is this glass? Won't it break if kept on high heat on the stove ? I'm just curious. Hope you don't mind me asking this :) I would love to buy something like this.. Hope you'll reply to my question.

    Thank you :)

    1. Hi, Thanks :) Yes its glass and its a corning ware called VISIONS. you can google to find it if you could buy online. I have been using the same for almost 8 yrs now


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