Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pappu tomato (Quick version)

When I am in a hurry  or feeling lazy and don't want to spend much time in my kitchen, I prefer cooking dal recipes. Dal is a complimentary for rice or chapati.No Indian meal will be completed without a bowl of dal. For vegetarians, dal is the main source of proteins.

Preparation time: 20 min
Yields : 2-3 persons


  • 3/4 cup Yellow Lentils/ Toor dal/ Kandi pappu
  • 1 big tomato
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

Tempering/ Poppu:

  • 1/2 tsp Avvalu/ Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Jeera/ Cumin seeds
  • 3-4 Garlic pods
  • 2 Dry red chillies
  • 5-6 Curry leaves/ Karivepaku
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee.


  • Pressure cook dal, tomato, chillies, onion, with 1 1/2 cup water upto  3-4 whistles. ( Slightly make slits for tomato).
  • Switch off the flame and wait until pressure goes, mash the tomato with ladle, then add 1/2 cup water, turmeric and cook for another 10 min.   
  • In a pan heat oil and ghee, when oil is hot add garlic pods, mustard seeds,  cumin seeds. When they splutter add dry red chillies and curry leaves. Add the tempering to dal.
  • Enjoy with hot rice or chapati.

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