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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Kolumbu recipe - How to make Kolumbu

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

    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

    How to proceed
  1. Combine the toovar dal and 1½ cups of water in a pressure cooker, 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 all the vegetables, salt, turmeric powder, kolumbu powder and 4 cups of water, mix well. Cover and cook on a medium flame for 15 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.
  5. When the seeds crackle, add the curry leaves and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  6. Pour the tempering over the kolumbu and mix well.
  7. Serve hot.
Nutrient values per serving
Energy146 cal
Protein6.8 g
Carbohydrates19.9 g
Fiber4.9 g
Fat4.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A140.3 mcg
Vitamin B10.2 mg
Vitamin B20.1 mg
Vitamin B31.2 mg
Vitamin C24.2 mg
Folic Acid41.1 mcg
Calcium35.1 mg
Iron1.1 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium12.9 mg
Potassium405 mg
Zinc0.5 mg


 on 06 Sep 17 09:09 AM

best sambar recipe awesome
Tarla Dalal
06 Sep 17 09:18 AM
   Hi Krishna, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them... Happy Cooking !!
 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.