Wednesday, March 01, 2006



1 cup tur dal kandi pappu,red gram)
1 medium sized onion chopped finely
4-5 green chillis slit length wise(indian variety)
1/3 tsp turmeric (pasupu)
2 whole dry red chillis(deseed and tear into pieces)
5 garlic flakes slightly crushed
1 tsp chopped ginger
1/2 tsp tamarind plup
10 curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds(jeera)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (Ria,aavaalu)
1 tsp salt or according to ur taste
1 tbspn oil
chopped coriander leaves for garnish
2 cups water


Heat 1 tbsp oil in a sauce pan and add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.Now add the cumin seeds,crushed garlic,whole red chilli pieces and curry leaves and fry for a minute.This is called“Taalimpu”in Telugu.The tempering adds to the dish.Now add the chopped onions,chopped ginger and green chillis and fry for 2 minutes on medium heat.Remove from heat.Add the "Taalimpu" and turmeric to the tur dal and add 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker.Now add the washed and picked palakurra leaves(spinach)on top,add the tamarind pulp also to it and pressure cook till three to four whistles or until tur dal is soft.Wait until the pressure is released and remove the lid.Add salt to this cooked mixture and mash with laddle or if not with a tblspn till well combined.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice and ghee..some papad ural pirapakayallu(friend chilli) and vadiyaalu.You can also serve with rotis.
Absolutely nutritious and tasty dal...


sailu said...

Nice pictures..:)

Tanuja said...

Thank u sailu:)