Mysore Kuzhambu is a delicious South Indian dal (lentil dish) that tastes absolutely amazing served with steamed rice and ghee.
For the final day of this month's blogging marathon, I have a simple, every day South Indian dal. This Mysore Kuzhambu is made with toor dal and a freshly made coconut based spice paste. It is a hearty and delicious dish that tastes amazing with a generous dollop of ghee (skip it if you are vegan).Recipe for this Mysore Kuzhambu is from Chandra Padmanabhan's 'Dakshin' cookbook. It is really interesting to see the different names lentil dishes are called with - kuzhambu, sambar, masiyal etc. In Andhra, we don't have so many names for dal recipes.The best part of this Mysore kuzhambu is the freshly ground coconut spice paste. Original recipe had 1tsp of mustard seeds which gives the dish a spicy, mustardy taste. I reduced it to half a teaspoon to suit our taste, or should I say my kids tastes. I loved the addition of green beans and peas - makes it a complete meal when served with rice. Do try this recipe, if you are looking for a new lentil dish. I am sure you will love it!!
Some more dishes from Mysore that I tried:
Mysore Kattina Saaru
Mysore Pepper Gojju
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 88.
For the Dal:
- ¾ cup Toor Dal (Red Gram Dal)
- ½ cup Green Beans, cut into ½" pieces
- 2 tbsp Green Peas
- 1 Small Potato, peeled an cut into ½" pieces
- ½ tsp Turmeric
- To taste Salt
For the Spice Paste:
- 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
- ½ cup Grated Fresh Coconut
- ½ tsp Mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp Raw rice
- 4~6 Dry Red Chilies
- ½ tsp Asafoetida powder
- 2 tsp Oil
- 1 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 Dry Red Chili, halved
- 6~8 Curry leaves
- Pressure cook toor dal until very tender and set aside.
- Grind all the ingredients for spice paste into a fine paste, using little water.
- Microwave or steam the vegetables until tender.
- Combine the veggies and dal in a saucepan along with salt, turmeric and the spice paste. Add water, if needed and simmer on low heat for the flavors to blend.
- Heat oil in a pan and add all the ingredients for the tempering. Once the seeds start to splutter, add to the dal. Serve with rice.
Oh, along with coconut paste thisbalso has vegetables !! That is nice. We or rather I always considered Dals as simple as our andhra Dals. There is so much variety across the country and learnt so many interesting dishes through this theme.
Wow, what a delightful kuzhambu and the texture of the kuzhambu makes me drool. How delicious this dish looks. Bookmarking this dish to try soon.
I like the coconut coriander gravy you have used for the dal. I usually use it only for usals (beans). I should try it with dals. Must have tasted great.
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
I love that the gravy looks so thick, because of the vegetables and the coconut paste going into it... such a comfort meal with a bowl of rice, delicious...
The dal looks so tempting...though I am not a fan of coconut in my food..I want to have this dal of yours...Bookmarked
What a fantastic find Pavani. I love Udupi cuisine where something similar is made that I remember reading about. I must try this sometime..love that garnish with peas..:)..enjoyed your lentil feast!
Wow, such a interesting recipe with dal . The ingredients get into that spice paste sounds so flavorful. The dal sounds so delicious and comforting.
Unlike Gujarati normal dals, South Indian ones mostly have a bit of veggies added. That's what I like. Haven't tried making dal with coconut paste and yours is surely tempting me to try this recipe.
A very unique dal recipe, Pavani. Shall have to try them out soon.
It looks so much like the white kurma we make but adding lentils is so new for me. It looks so delicious and I am sure it would go very well with rice as well as dosas.
Love this coconut with lentils and peas...sounds delicious. It can work with rice and rotis and dosas....what more to ask for!
Dr Martin Huang
I'm just so lucky to have this at my dinner yesterday. This is really delicious. You have amazing recipe.
iv bookmarked this recipe.............im loving it already........the spice paste is just beautiful...........
Now this is new n amazing delicious daal that will fit in our food profile. Thanks Pavani. Bookmarking .
Now this is new n amazing delicious daal that will fit in our food profile. Thanks Pavani. Bookmarking it.
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Wow, this Mysore kuzhambu looks like a very comforting dish to try with rice. Love the fact that it is vegan too.
love the creamy texture of this dal - sounds delicious
Looks very good. I love your recipes. Whenever I see your recipes through posts, it helps me to make variety of recipes
Thank you for sharing your innovative recipes.
Love this recipe.. perfect foor dinner meals.