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When you are tired of the daily Sambhar , this delectable Kolumbu will lend a special touch to your breakfast!

Packed with the power of spices and dals, this tasty, veggie-loaded accompaniment is also quite satiating. While it goes great with Idli and Plain Dosa you can also enjoy it with other South Indian recipes like Upma and Pongal, a steaming hot bowl of rice or a sumptuous Khichdi.

You can replace tomatoes with 2 tbsp of tamarind if you would like your Kolumbu slightly more tart. Using tamarind also accentuates the aroma and flavour of the spices better.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 8 servings
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For the kolumbu powder

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a broad non-stick pan and dry roast on a slow flame for 3 minutes.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Once cooled, blend in a mixer till smooth. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Combine the toovar dal with 1½ cups of water, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a deep non-stick pan, add the vegetables, salt, turmeric powder and 4 cups of water, mix well and cover and cook on a medium flame for 15 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.
  4. Add the kolumbu powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. For the tempering, heat the oil in a small non-stick pan, add the mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
  6. When the seeds crackle, add the curry leaves and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour the tempering over the kolumbu and mix well.
  8. 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.