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Kolumbu is a spicy accompaniment that goes very well with idlis. It can be had with dosas or even rice. A variety of vegetables including carrots, radishes, broad beans and pumpkin can be used in the kolumbu. Pick any 3-4 vegetables of your choice.

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Makes 8 servings
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For the kolumbu powder

  1. Dry roast all the ingredients together.
  2. Grind to a fine powder.

For the kolumbu

  1. Combine the toovar dal with 1½ cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Keep aside.
  2. Combine all the vegetables, salt and 4 cups of water and cook till they are soft.
  3. Add the cooked toovar dal, kolumbu powder and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Keep aside.
  4. Prepare the tempering by heating the oil, adding the mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves and frying for some time. When the seeds crackle, add this tempering to the kolumbu.
  5. Serve hot.
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 on 18 May 15 05:05 PM

Kolumbu, a delicious curry with loads of vegetables. Goes very well with hot steaming rice. The flavour of the spice is really too good. I have loved this recipe.
 on 28 Jan 13 10:20 AM

Lovely tovar dal cooked in vegetables to form a nice spicy curry to go with steamed rice.