Collection of Kuzhambu varieties for lunch

Kuzhambus are the foundation for a good lunch in South Indian cuisine. Although there are many rice varieties in South Indian cuisine, a bowl of rice and kuzhambu with any vegetable side dish makes our tummy happy. In this collection, I have shared many traditional Tirunelveli kuzhambu recipes. I have suggested authentic ingredients and spices in my kuzhambu recipes. If you find any spices are inconvenient, you may change according to your taste. Now let's see the collection of kuzhambu recipes here. Click on the pictures to view the recipe details with step by step instructions.

Collection of Kuzhambu varieties for lunch

1. Pulikuzhambu - The best and the most authentic Tirunelveli recipe is this Pulikuzhambu. This dish is tangy and spicy with unique taste. RECIPE HERE.

2. Tirunelveli Sambar - There are many variations for sambar depending on region or taste preferences. Tirunelveli sambar has some variations in the taste and the ingredients.RECIPE HERE.

3. Puli Illa Kuzhambu - It is…

Black urid dal dosa - Mulu ulundhu dosa

Black urid dal dosa also called as mulu ulundhu dosa in Tirunelveli. This is a famous breakfast dish in Tirunelveli. This is an easy and healthy dosa with rice, black urid dal and fenugreek. We often prepare this dosa for weekend breakfast or dinner. The addition of black urid dal with its skin is what it makes it so special and unique. 

Black urid dal contains a lot of nutritional value. In most of our food items we include black urid dal rather than the white variety. This black urid dal is also super easy to make with simple two step process. I use split black gram dal in this recipe, but you may also use the whole black gram dal. Many people have a doubt that if black split  grams are ground along with the skin then how it will taste. It is very tasty if they are ground and fermented properly. The best accompaniment for this black urid dal dosa are onion garlic coconut thuvaiyal,ellu podiand  powdered palm jaggery. 
Follow these simple step by step instructions for a super tasty and…

Masala Noodles

A quick spicy masala noodles cooked with our Indian masalas in a simple method. The boiled plain noodles are tossed with onions, tomatoes, spice powders and finally served with a squeeze of lemon juice. In this noodles I have not added any vegetables, if you want, you can add any veggies of your choice. Cooked noodles must be firm for perfect noodles.If you overcook the noodlesthen it will be sticky. Cooking time may vary so please stir occasionally while boiling and drain the water immediately when it's done. Now let's see how to prepare this quick masala noodles.

Capsicum potato masala

Capsicum(Bell pepper) potato masala (Dry side dish) - simple, quick and tasty side dish within 15 minutes. All you need for this masala is a handful of sliced capsicums and potatoes. The other ingredients are basic ingredients such as turmeric powder, sambar powder, cumin and little tamarind juice. There is no need for any soaking or grinding or pressure cooking. Sometimes you can prepare a tastiest  dish in a matter of minutes. This capsicum potato masala is one among them. You can serve this masala for chapathi, jeera rice, coconut rice, lemon rice and curd rice too. I frequently prepare this easy and quick masala for lunch. This masala tastes so good if you serve right after you prepare it, because the crunchiness in the capsicums will be lost if you prepare in advance. So follow the simple instructions and prepare this easy masala for your family.

Yellow Pumpkin kootu

Yellow pumpkin kootu - Usually we prepare kootu with the addition of moongdal or channa dal. For this yellow pumpkin kootu we do not add any dals, just the coconut masala paste and a small piece of jaggery. This kootu has a bright yellow colour with a mild sweetness.

Yellow pumpkins are soft in nature and it is a perfect vegetable for kootu and sambar. This pumpkin kootu tastes best for pulikuzhambuand sambar.Creeper vegetables like yellow pumpkin, white pumpkin, bottle gourd, ridge gourd etc. are easily cooked with little water.They are usually soft and require very less time to cook. The skin of these vegetables are hard to remove. So, peel them gently with a knife. In some places, pumpkins are cooked along with the skin, but it is very hard to eat. You can check out my other kootu recipes here with step by step photos

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Kuska (Plain Biryani)

Kuska - One pot aromatic rice cooked with coconut milk and whole garamasala. Easy, delicious and flavourful rice within an hour. In this recipe, I used onions, tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, coriander leaves, mint leaves and spices. The coconut milk adds a certain richness to this rice. 

If you do not prefer to add coconut milk, then skip it. I have used all the other ingredients in minimal quantities so that the rice becomes more flavourful after it sits for a while and its delicious to serve at room temperature. The best side dishes for this rice are any kurmasmade in thin consistency and onion raita. I don't prefer to cook this recipe on a pressure cooker. If you are in a hurry, then cook with 1 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup water. Everything cooks together in one pot, the rice is really flavourful and tasty. Make sure you have all  ingredients ready before you begin. Now let's see how to prepare this rice with step by step photos. Check out my other rice varieties with step …

Paneer 65

This super soft and spicy Paneer 65 are made with a few ingredients gives a tasty and healthy appetizer for your kids. My son is a great fan of different types of appetizer. He told me to prepare this Paneer 65 for evening snack. 

This appetizer recipe is the one of those without any additional ingredients like bread crumbs and other sauces. So you can easily prepare this paneer 65 within 30 minutes. These paneer 65 have a crunchy outer layer with a soft inner layer. For flavours I have added ginger garlic paste, chilly powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder and finally the lemon.The best ingredient for any appetizer is the lemon juice.  I always like to prepare any dishes with all the flavours in minimal level, so that it tastes the best. Now let's see how to prepare this easy snack with step by step instructions. Check out my other paneer recipes with step by step instructions Paneer Butter masala,Paneer Methi masala, Paneer Capsicum kurma. 

Green Moong dal masala

Green Moong dal masala/Pasi payaru masala

This Green moong dal masala is a simple, flavourful and pleasing dal when served with warm rice, rotis, nann or any breads.It is super easy to make when you have soaked green moong dal. 

You can use any variety (split or whole moong dal) depending on what you have on hand. I usually go for whole green moong dal, which gives a nice  flavour for this dish. The basic ingredients for this dal are ginger, garlic, tomatoes and spice powders. You can also enjoy this dal as given below.
1. Just stuff this dal inside of a roti with a little grated cheese and roll it up for a quick healthy home made frankie.
2. Take a small bowl and add some puffed rice. Add a tbsp of this masala to the puffed rice along with a few chopped onions, tomatoes and grated carrots. Thats it you can enjoy homemade masala pori for your kids. 
3. Toast the bread slices with ghee and spread this dal over the bread and place some sliced onions and enjoy a healthy sandwich bread. Check …