Mysore style Kuzhambu 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).Mysore Style DalRecipe 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.Mysore Style DalThe 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
Mysore Rasam

bm-logoLets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 88.

 

Mysore Kuzhambu
Mysore Kuzhambu
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Mysore Kuzhambu
Mysore Kuzhambu
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
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
For Tempering:
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Dry Red Chili, halved
  • 6~8 curry leaves
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Pressure cook toor dal until very tender and set aside.
  2. Grind all the ingredients for spice paste into a fine paste, using little water.
  3. Microwave or steam the vegetables until tender.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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20 thoughts on “Mysore Kuzhambu (Vegan Recipe)”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Wow, such a interesting recipe with dal . The ingredients get into that spice paste sounds so flavorful. The dal sounds so delicious and comforting.

  5. 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.

  6. Love this coconut with lentils and peas…sounds delicious. It can work with rice and rotis and dosas….what more to ask for!

  7. Hi

    Your mysore-kuzhambu-vegan-recipe recipe is mind-blowing. when i show your mysore-kuzhambu-vegan-recipe the water was came in my mouth. this looks like tasty and wonderful.
    i was this to try your mysore-kuzhambu-vegan-recipe recipe, and when i tried this. its amazing recipe. thanks dear to share this.

  8. Wow, this Mysore kuzhambu looks like a very comforting dish to try with rice. Love the fact that it is vegan too.

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