Ullundu vadai Morkozhumbu recipe

I usually use vegetables mostly okra or rarely ash gourd for morkozhumbu until I saw in sudha’s blog. She had used udid dal/lentil vadas for the morkozhumbu and this authentic south Indian dish which I had never heard of sounded so good to me. I decided to give it a try. As usual, I made the vadais in paniyaaram pan to avoid deep frying and yes it worked. The vadais were as good as deep fried ones , so no compromise in taste. There is a huge section of unknown (to me)tamil cuisines I still have to venture into, I felt after making this one.

We relished it with hot rice and beans curry.

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Ullundu vadai Morkozhumbu recipe Yum
Course side dish
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course side dish
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. Vadais
  2. Soak the dal for 2 to 3 hours. Then grind it to a smooth paste adding very little water. Add salt, Green chillies, peppercorns, curry leaves. Mix well.
  3. Add few drops of oil in the paniyaaram pan. Then pour the batter in each cup. Allow it to cook well. Remove when they have turned brown in colour. Keep it aside.
  4. Note- You can deep fry them too.
  5. Morkozhumbu-
  6. Soak rice and dal in water for around 30 minutes.
  7. Roast red chillies, coriander seeds and cumin seeds for sometime. Add this in a mixer jar along with grated coconut and soaked rice dal mixture. Grind this to a smooth paste.
  8. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Add the buttermilk along with the ground paste. Stir well and keep on flame for 5 minutes.
  9. How to proceed-
Recipe Notes

Add the vadais in the morkozhumbu 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with rice.

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  1. it looks like a southie version of pakoda kadhi. I bet it must have tasted great with vadais in it.

  2. sowmya, that sounds and looks so good. i think it’s south indian version for punjabi kadhi 🙂

  3. Colourful and yum.

  4. morkulambhu looks mouthwatering. I have tasted morkulambhu with channadhal vadai, nice one.

  5. this is new for me,..thnks for sharin,..:-)

  6. New to me Sowmya..Interesting and nutritious..nice click.

  7. Taste of Mysore

    adding ulundu vadai is good idea Sowmya 🙂

  8. Sowmya this sounds fantastic, would love to try this. Looks yum !

  9. OMG!! That is so yummy. I never thought of this before. I thought you are posting Thair Vadas. very nice Sowmya. Next time I make Urad dal vadas , I will try this! :))

  10. Priya Suresh

    Creamy gravy with lentils dumplings looks delicious!!

  11. Paniyaram pan is my goto thing whenever something has to be fried & later dunked in gravy. I’ve always wanted to try this vadai morkuzhambu too but mostly make the simpler versions – must be very tasty.

  12. i love vada in morkozhambu..am drooling here 🙂 yummy recipe.

  13. i can’t even pronounce the name but love the look of this dish..simple n hearty!

  14. Yes I am also more familiar with the vendakkai version of morkuzhambu. this is certainly novel! Looks delicious 🙂

  15. Wow, that looks really pleasing to the eye and stomach! Yummy..

  16. My favo dumpling gravy! Moorkuzhambu vada is heaven, looks delicous

  17. i know there are so many recipes from our own cuisine that we are unaware of , that’s the thing i like about blogging you get to know about so many new recipes everyday..

    The gravy looks perefct dear..Do you make buttermilk at home?

  18. looking colorful..this is new to me. I will give a try!!

  19. soo yummy… I have heard of rasa vadai… but not vadai dumped in morkuzhambu… will try this 🙂

  20. wow this one looks yumm .. a must try

  21. Mahimaa's kitchen

    lovely combo… perfect to make during festivals.


    I too make this,I just love it,and eat the vadai as such!

  23. sriharivatsan

    Lovely dish..Makes me to mouth water now..

  24. Wow, the title itself making me drool! Looks so delicious Sowmya!

  25. wish I had that pan,been hunting for it in stores here.Yeah,this does remind me of punjadi pakodi kadi,with urad dal and other southern flavors,sounds equally tasty:)

  26. Poornima Nair

    thats a great dish…another version of the punjabi kadhi…looks delicious…

  27. I too have posted Mor kulambu in my blog. I know ur version but I am going to try it later. Looks good and love the dish.

  28. looks really yummy, sowmya. must have tasted wonderful!

  29. Madhu's cooking gallery

    looks different, creative one..looks delicious! wonderful Sowmya!

  30. This is a new recipe for me, I will definitely try!! the dish looks so good.

  31. Oh my! That must have tasted divine Sowmya!


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