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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beetroot Kola Urundai Recipe-Chettinadu Style

Beetroot Kola Urundai is a very popular Chettinad snack made with lentils, spices and beetroot.  It can be had as a tea time snack or as a side dish. Traditionally it is deep fried but I have used the paniyaram pan to fry it. It is very easy to make and tastes delicious. As we have not deep fried, it is healthy and guilt free. Today we will learn how to make Chettinad Style Beetroot Kola Urundai following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Beetroot Kola Urundai

Beetroot Kola Urundai

Beetroot Kola Urundai

 Prep Time : 10 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields: 15
 Recipe CategorySnacks-Side Dish
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Bengal gram dal (kadalai paruppu/chana dal) - 1/2 cup
   Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Green chillies - 2
   Fennel seeds (saunf/sombu) - 1 tsp
   Salt needed
   Pearl Onions - 6-7 finely chopped
   Beetroot - 1/3 cup grated finely
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Wash and soak bengal gram dal (chana dal in Hindi, kadalai paruppu in Tamil) in water for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

After 1 1/2 - 2 hours - Drain the water completely and grind it coarsely with green chillies, ginger-garlic paste, 1/2 tsp fennel seeds and salt needed, without adding water.

how to make beetroot kola urundai

Add finely chopped onions, coriander leaves, a sprig of tender curry leaves and 1/2 tsp fennel seeds.

Beetroot Kola Urundai Recipe-Chettinadu Style

Add grated beetroot (use a fine grater to grate the beetroot ) I did not do that, so found it difficult to make balls. If there is water in the grated beetroot, squeeze out the water before adding it to the ground dal.

Mix all the ingredients well and check for salt. Divide the mixture equally and make small smooth balls from it. If you are unable to make balls, you can add a little rice flour. Note - Once you add beetroot, you should make balls and fry the balls immediately otherwise the mixture will become watery.

Beetroot Kola Urundai Recipe


Heat a paniyaram pan, add 1/2 - 3/4 tsp of oil in each hole.

Place the balls and cook covered on low heat.

Beetroot Kola Urundai in paniyaram pan-healthy snacks

Then flip it over to the other side and cook on low heat.

Healthy Beetroot Kola Urundai

Once it is well cooked, remove from the pan. Enjoy it as a snack or as a side dish for sambar sadam or any variety rice.

Note - You can deep fry it if you prefer.

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  1. As soon as I saw this on my feed,I had to give it a try. It turned out great. I even fed a milder version of it to my 18 month old.:) I have been a regular visitor to your site for sometime now, but this is my first time commenting. Awesome recipe.

  2. Yes I tried today and it came well.. thanks for shallow fry recipe..


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