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Pakoda Curry Recipe
Chettinad Pakkoda Kuzhambhu

Husband and I are on a vegetarian diet and that's one reason why you would be not find non-vegetarian recipes off late. When we decided to go on this approach, my husband said no sambar and rasams try something different. Being a South Indian we almost live in our staples of sambar and rasam, we tend to cook them up atleast once a week. So I had to take this as a challenge and cook different vegeterian recipes to serve my picky eater. I had bookmarked this Chettinad Pakkoda Kuzhambhu for long and got to try this today. It turned out so good, by tasting it I can say it would go great with rice, dosa, idly or appam. The Curry is not spicy and mild in spice buy packed in flavour. Do give this a try if you want to try something different apart from the routine recipes.

Chettinad Pakkoda Kuzhambhu
Pakkoda Curry

Chettinad Veg Curry
Lentil dumpling in coconut curry

Pakkoda Curry
Pakkodas/ Pakkoras for the curry

Makes - 12-15 small pakkodas
Prep time - 2 hrs
Cook time - 10 mins


Chana dal - 1/2 cup, washed and soaked for 2 hrs
Red chilli (dry) - 4 nos
Sombu/ Fennel seeds - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Oil- to deep/shallow fry


Soak the channa dal in water for 2 hours, drain excess water and grind along with fennel and red chilli to form a course paste. Now transfer to a bowl add salt and mix well. Heat a pan and add oil to deep fry, once its hot take small pinches of the lentil mixture and fry into fritters for 2 minutes flipping sides. Drain using a slotted spoon and remove excess oil from the pakkoras using a kitchen towel. Set aside
Vada Curry in coconut kurma
Chettinad vegetarian curry recipe

Recipe Source - Priya
Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 15 mins
Serves - 4-5 people
Serving suggestions - Appam, Dosa, Idly & White rice


Onion - 2 large, chopped fine
Tomato - 2 large chopped fine
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Bay leaf - 2 
Cardamom - 2 
Cloves - 2 
Cinnamon - 1" piece
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves chopped - to garnish

To grind to paste

Coconut - 1/4 cup shredded
Cashew - 1 tbsp
Kuskus/ poppy seeds - 2 tsp


1. Grind all ingredients mentioned under to grind (coconut, cashew, fennel, poppy seeds) into a smooth paste with the help of some water.
2. In a wide pan heat oil - 1 tbsp add the whole spices - bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves. Once the aroma releases add the fennel seeds, as they change colour add the onions and cook until transparent for a minute. 
3. Add ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes away (2 minutes). Now add tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes.
4. Add the ground coconut paste and mix well. Now add red chilli powder and corriander powder and mix well. Let it cook for 2 minutes.
5. Now add 4 cups water and cook for 4-5 minutes with the lid covered and in simmer. 
6. Add the fried pakkodas to the curry and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot along with rice/idly/dosa/appam and enjoy

Chettinad Pakkoda Kuzhambhu
Chettinad Pakkoda Curry
Cooks Wisdom

Tip 1

While frying pakkodas you can add curry leaves/ onions too but nevertheless they taste great just as it is

Tip 2

Make sure you do not grind the channa dal too fine, it has to be course and I did not add any water, you can add few drops just to help grind

Tip 3

You can skip cashews in the recipe if you are diet concious and you can instead add coconut milk for a light curry

Tip 4

Make sure the curry is bit watery before adding the pakkodas as the curry tends to thicken. Also the pakkodas absorb the water in the curry

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  1. yummy n mouthwatering.....My most fav kuzhambu :)

  2. like your second pic a lot da it is too attractive.. and not to forget this yummy kuzhambu which is one of my fav :)

  3. One of my recent fav, next time will try it this way...kuzhambu looks absolutely delicious...inviting pics there!

  4. All are spicy clicks pri;-)lovely curry and am always drooling for this one.soon am gonna give a try

  5. I bookmarked the recipe also.. Looks so tasty

  6. Curry looks so good and creamy. I wish to have it with dosai.

  7. Love this super tempting pakoda kuzhambu... love ur clicks very inviting...

  8. This is a family favorite, very tempting and delicious kuzhambu..

  9. Delicious tempting kuzhambu

  10. Just love all ur clicks... Simply superb n tempting Priya...

  11. Excellent pics of the kuzhambu.

  12. Super tempting curry there... Love the pics....It definitely is a challenge to go 1 week without sambar or rasam but you seem to be managing quite well with the variety veg dishes :)

  13. Wonderful clicks and super delicious kulambhu,my favorite one...

  14. Tempting deee:) very decent clicks my dear

  15. Super tempting ! Loved the click!

  16. this looks really tempting, and awesome clicks... it is good that ur hubby is cooperating with u for a veg diet, my hubby would give a big face! :D

  17. clicks r tempting me to try this out! Perfect priya!

  18. tastiest curry ever...yum yum yum yum.....

  19. Oh Priya!! the pics are looking so good I just want to have some.Hmm veg diet ..all the best :)

  20. Oh dear, the pictures are awesome and the dish looks yum yum. i have never cooked something like this so far. have a nice weekend

  21. wow its tempting me much dear... awesome clicks and lovely color of the kuzhambu... superb..


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