Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pappu Biyyam / Pabbiyyam / Chana dal Rice

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'Pappu' means dal in telugu and 'Biyyam' means rice,so if you combine both it literally means 'Dal Rice'.This is a typical dish prepared only in the Telangana region of Andhra.My parents used to stay in Khammam for several years before I was born,which comes under Telangana region and that is where my mom has learnt this from her neighbor.She used to do it occasionally and some how my brother has developed a special liking for it and he always used to ask her to make this rice and gradually it became a part of our menu at home.This is usually made either for breakfast or for lunch or dinner as it is a single pot meal.My mom used to give this rice for our lunch boxes as this does not require any side dish and is very easy to prepare provided you have soaked chana dal in hand.One more interesting thing about this rice is there are no whole spices in this rice other than the natural flavors,the sweetness of chana dal is enhanced with the special flavor of garlic.You need to use more garlic for this as that is the key ingredient in providing the flavor for the dish.If you are a garlic lover this rice is definitely a treat for you.this rice is really a saver when we run out of vegetables as this requires very basic ingredients which are always available in our pantry.I am posting the more authentic version of it,if you want to add mixed vegetables you can add but to taste the real pappu biyyam you need to make it with out adding them.Pickles like Andhra Avakay(mango pickle) or allam Avakay (Ginger flavored mango pickle)would be a awesome combination with this rice.
Ingredients:
1 cup regular Rice like sona masuri(I used jeeraga samba,you can even use basmati)
1/2 cup chana dal
2 big onions,sliced or roughly diced
14-15 garlic pods,keep the skin on
4-5 green chillies,slit
a sprig of curry leaves
juice of 1/2 lemon
a pinch of turmeric(optional)
1 tbsp chana dal,for tadka
2 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp oil or 1tbsp oil and 1 tbsp ghee
salt to taste

Method:
  • Soak rice and chana dal for half an hour.If you are using sona masuri or similar rice soak for half an hour,if you are using basmati or jeeraga samba soak it for 10-12 mins.If you are hurry and did not soak chana dal,boil chana dal in hot water until it is soft but still firm.
  • Separate the garlic pods from the whole garlic but do retain the thin layer of garlic pods.In that way it does not become mushy after it is cooked as this is the main ingredient which gives so much of flavor to rice.
  • In a pressure cooker or thick bottomed kadai heat oil/ghee and crackle the mustard seeds.
  • Add chana dal(for tadka) and urad dal and fry until brown.Add a sprig of washed curry leaves and add slitted ans sliced green chillies and fry well.
  • Add sliced/diced onions,turmeric and garlic pods and fry until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add soaked and drained chana dal and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water if you are using sona masuri,otherwise use 1 and 3/4 th cups of water if using basmati or jeeraga samba and let it come to a boil.
  • Once the water starts boiling add soaked and drained rice and salt and lemon juice and stir well and close the lid and pressure cook for 1 whistle and simmer the flame for 6-8 mins.If you are using thick bottomed kadai,close the lid and let it cook until the water is evaporated.
Serve it hot with raitha,papad and pickle.I served it with tomato raitha,allam avakay and papad.

Note:
  • For a Vegan version use only oil in the recipe.

41 comments:

LG said...

Pabbiyyam looks yumm Prathi. I have not tasted this but can definitely say it should taste excellent as paramannam from this combo is lipsmacking.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Prathy,

Tat looks perfect for lunch box n looks amazing .. Perfect Clicks..

jayasree said...

Looks like a simple, yet flavorful rice. Good option for a quick, one pot meal.

kanthi said...

Woww..i used to eat in college days,as i am from nizamabad..Its so comforting and a whole some dish..

Priya said...

Yet to try channa dal rice, look at the bowl just makes me hungry...Beautiful clicks..

jayashree` said...

As I'm a Big time fan of garlic,this rice is a must try for me .

Sushma Mallya said...

wow has come out so nice Prathibha..Yum:)

rjsam said...

Hi....Stumbled on this blog..trying to make this thing..its sounds easy..not sure hw will it turn considering my very limited culinary skills...thnks for the post...keep up the good work...Rejo Sam

Prathima Rao said...

Looks so inviting Prathiba...Been ur follower for quite sometime now & simply love all ur dishes...Even tried out a few n they were a big hit at home..!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Sush said...

looks very delicious. I love channa dal & I am sure this must be very tasty. Will try this for sure :)

jeyashrisuresh said...

Awesome clicks and yummy rice.Very new and different recipe and will try this for sure.
Btw, i tried ur methi pooris and they came out well and my kids loved it.Thanks for sharing the recipe.

rekhas kitchen said...

Nice recipe Prathybha looks so delicious.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Nice presentation n yummy looking rice

Prathibha said...

@LG...It really tastes nice,try it out dear..:)
@prats corner...Thanks for letting me know that you ppl liked my dishes..
@kanthi..good to know that you have tried this already,it tastes nice right?
@rjsam..its a very easy recipe,you can give it a try definitely...
@jeyashree..I m glad that ur kids liked those pooris,try this recipe I m sure you will like it.
@others..thanks for your lovely complements n comments

Ramya said...

Pabbiyyam looks yummy..perfect one pot meal..Lovely presentation:-)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very nice combi here again...one pot meals are time savers for me

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Gayathri Kumar said...

Looks yumm. Bookmarked it for my daughter's lunch box menu..

An Open Book said...

channa rice looks gorgeous

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks yumm..lovely tempting pictures..nice recipe too..will try it sometime..

Priti said...

Looks delicious...love tht platter..

Kitchen Flavours said...

If u add curd and g-g paste it is qubooli.....love the texture of the rice...each grain is separate and that lentil rice heart is cute.....hmm love to try this soon for lunch box...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Love the hearty decoration! Nice recipe and new for me too!

divya said...

That looks fantastic, yum yum

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks simply superb, love the raita too.

Rachu said...

wonderful pic.. I can count the those rice grains.. perfect and looks so yumm
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Laavanya said...

Such a new recipe for me - lovely pictures.

Hema Mahen said...

Looks inviting and nice presentation :)

Harika's Kitchen said...

Lovely presentation. Yummy and slurpy dish.

Smitha said...

yum!!..its been soo long I had this....its so bad that we forget some excelent preparations by our elders....
U made it wonderfully!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Swathi said...

Looks delicious. my hubby loves chana rice.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

This rice looks superb...Great pics too...

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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Awesome clicks !!! yummy and perfect rice !!!

RS said...

Looks very delicious...Your have nice and lovely blog...Please visit my blog when you have time...

Shri said...

Beautiful presentation, Prathibha!

Chitra said...

This is new to me. Loved the last click with a heart .. Will try sometime ..

Sanchita said...

Looks tempting..I am going to try this to night :)

kanthi said...

Award is waiting for u prathibha in my blog,plz collect it..

aipi said...

What a fabulous recipe. a nice way to eat your proteins!
Perfectly cooked rice n beautiful presentation dear..


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Priyanka Agrawal said...

hey pratibha
I am a big fan of urs. and a often vistor. have tried ur recipes too :)
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Pavithra said...

I love this rice too..looks absolutely yumm... Seriously tempted seeing the plate and cute garnish.

Suha said...

At last I found the exact Pabbiyam I'm looking for. Very delicious and healthy recipe. Thanks Prathy.

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