Ilan Kuzhambu or Thanni Kuzhambu

Ilan Kuzhambu or Thanni Kuzhambu is served in all functions and gatherings in chettinad region.It has the complete taste of sambar,Consistency of this kuzhambu is midst of sambar and rsasam. Since, Chettinad is a hot and semi-arid region climate was taken in to consideration for food preparation .This mild taste is preferred by all people in this region.

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Ingredients :

Toor dal -3tbsp smooth boiled (only half the amount of Thoor dhal used for sambar is used for this kuzhambu)

Avaraikkai (Flat beans),beans or drumstick-cut in to2 inch lengthwise

Small Onion -5nos

Garlic-4 pods

Tomato-1 no

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Sambar masala powder-1 tsp

Tamarind extract-2 tbsp

Salt 1 tsp

Assafoetida or hing powder 1/4 tsp

For seasoning:


Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp

curry leaves-1twig

Method to prepare:

Boil toor dal with turmeric powder.

Boil cut vegetables in 3 cups of water.

Heat pan and season with the mentioned ingredients.

Add chopped onion,Garlic and curry leaves saute until translucent

Add tomato saute well add salt along with it so that it oozes some moisture from tomato.

Add sambar powder saute well until raw smell changes,be careful while doing this saute in low flame to avoid burning.

Add boiled toor dal ,boiled vegetables along with its water boiled and tamarind extract add one more cup of water allow it to boil for few minutes.

Sprinkle some chopped coriander before serving.


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