Sunday, 28 July 2013

Tomato Pappu/Dal(Andhra style)

Down with cold and cough from past two days made me very weak and unable to do anything at my kitchen. All these days I enjoyed my better half's dishes. Since he did his graduation in areas nearing to Andhra, he is much more aware of the way dishes are made in Andhra. It is known for the spiciness. Their dishes tend to be very hot and I find tomato pappu/dal as a best accompaniment with boiled rice. Even with plain white rice it tastes heavenly. I find such dishes ideal when we are down with flu or so. I tried out yesterday the same way as taught to me by Mr. S. He sometimes add spinach to it and it becomes spinach pappu. Base for any vegetable pappu is preparing tomato dal/tomato pappu and to that adding desired cooked vegetables. Here I share the tomato pappu recipe.

Cooked Dal-1 cup
Onion-1 chopped
Garlic-2-3 chopped and crushed
Green chillies-2 chopped
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Cilantro-2 sprigs chopped
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Red chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Dry red chillies-1
Ghee-1 tsp
Oil-1 tbsp.
Water-1 cup
Salt to taste

  1. In a pan add oil and when hot add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds,1/2 tsp cumin seeds and let them splatter.
  2. Then pop in crushed garlic and sauté.
  3. Do not let it get brown, and add onion to it.
  4. Now sauté and when onions turn translucent add curry leaves, green chillies and sauté.
  5. Then add turmeric powder, red chilly powder and sauté.
  6. Then add tomatoes and coriander powder and sauté. Don't let tomatoes turn mushy.
  7. Now add cooked dal and sauté. Add salt to taste.Add around one cup water. Check for salt and cook till it comes to a boil.
  8. Now add ghee to a small pan .
  9. When hot add dry red chilly,remaining mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let them splatter. Now add this tampering to tomato pappu.
  10. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy it with rotis/chapathis or plain rice. We enjoyed with boiled rice.

Enjoy the dish! n don't forget Eat and Eat little MORE.. :)

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