Friday, April 8, 2011


This kolumbu is often made by my mom as its her invention. Its ideal for idli, dosa and puri. Whenever I prepare this, my mind thinks of the days when my mom  prepares this with small onions which gives a unique taste.But we rarely get small onions at my place, so I used to prepare with big onion.
Potato    2 no (boiled)
Small onion   1 handful
Tomato         2 no (chopped)
Sambar powder   2 tbsp
Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
Salt         to taste
Oil            3 tbsp
Garlic          2 pods with skin
For seasoning:
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Urad dal          1 tsp
Curry leaves     few

For Masala:
Coconut       4 tbsp
Chutney dal   2 tbsp
Cinnamon     1/2" piece
Cloves         1 no
Saunf           2 tsp
Grind the items given for masala to a fine paste with little water.
Heat oil and start seasoning.Now add chopped small onion and tomato and saute well till the tomatoes are cooked.
Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt. Add enough water and cook till raw smell goes.
Add cooked potatoes by mashing roughly with hands.
Add the masala paste and needed water and cook for about 3 mins. Switch off the gas.
Add crushed garlic to the kolumbu and serve hot.
As chutney dal is added the kolumbu will be little thick.
Hearty thanks to Gayathri for conducting a wonderful event.Sure all the participants and readers will have a cut down memory lane.


  1. That is a lovely dish.. must have tasted delicious. U r so right,some dishes are like "time machines"... they take us right back into our childhood happy memories ...:) Glad u enjoyed the curry and thanks for sharing it with us..

  2. Spicy kozhumbu! It looks very lovely and nice!

  3. Very delicious gravy. Thanks a lot for sending..