Wednesday, April 11, 2012


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Dal called as 'Pappu'(in Telugu) plays an essential role in every day meal of many Andhra households.The preparation of dal also varies from one region to another. There are two ways to make this dal , while some pressure cook the dal along with the tempering (My mom and MIL follow this process) others separately temper the dal after cooking the dal. The output of the first process is a consistency that is slightly pourable i.e. neither thick nor thin. I however like the way dal(pappu) is prepared in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra pradesh. If you notice the ingredients of the recipe, it is not different from any other dal(pappu) recipe,but the trick lies in the way it is prepared.The consistency of dal is very thick and if you mix dal with rice and ghee you must be able to make round balls(in Telugu it is called 'muddalu') out of it. Once the dal is cooked,we should strain the extra water and mash it nicely to get a smooth and uniform mixture which adds a nice taste to dal.Also note that this dal is simmered for long to achieve the desired thick consistency and texture.Tomato dal when mixed with piping hot rice and a dollop of ghee just makes your day. I must admit that this version of dal is the best I have ever tasted. The dal should be ideally thicker than the consistency what I showed in the photographs as my hubby is not really fond of very thick dal.

Tomato Pappu | Tomato Dal Recipe:
(serves 2-3)

1/2 cup Toor dal
2 large ripen Tomatoes,chopped
1 big Onion,finely chopped
5-6 Garlic pods,slightly crushed
1 tbsp Tamarind pulp
1 tsp Red chili powder
1/2 tsp Dhaniya powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp Chana dal
a sprig of Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Ghee
Salt to taste
  • Wash and soak toor dal for 10 mins.Pressure cook it with a pinch of turmeric powder of drop of oil for 3 whistles until soft.Addition of oil avoids spilling of toor dal while pressure cooking.
  • Remove extra water from the dal(reserve it for later use) and mash it using pappu-gutti(a wooden ladle used to churn buttermilk traditionally) to a uniform soft mixture.This step is optional but this takes the dal to another level.
  • Heat a big kadai and heat oil and ghee together and crackle mustard seeds.
  • Add chana dal,curry leaves and slightly crushed garlic pods and fry for 30 secs, until the chana dal turns slightly red in color.
  • Now add finely chopped onion and fry until translucent.Add chopped tomatoes and fry well until the mixture is totally pulpy.Cover it and cook for 2-3 mins and make sure the tomatoes are cooked completely.
  • Add red chili powder,coriander powder to it and fry well.
  • Add cooked and mashed dal ,tamarind pulp and salt and mix well.If the consistency is very thick add little water(strained from cooked dal).Cover it and cook for 8-10 mins until dal is thick and nicely done.Check the seasoning and adjust according to your taste buds.
Serve it hot with hot steamed rice and a dollop of ghee with some fryums or alu fry.You can even make the dal slightly thin and serve it with rotis as well.

  1. This dal is supposed to be very thick,if you want it thin add more water and adjust the consistency according to your taste.
  2. Use the naati variety of tomatoes which are mor tangy instead of hybrid variety for better taste.
  3. Always add either asafoetida or garlic(but not both) in tempering for a great flavor in this dal.
  4. For a Vegan version avoid ghee in the recipe.


Nisha said...

beautiful looking dal

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Perfect !

Tina said...

beautiful clicks colourful nd tempting.

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Tasted this in a friend's place. nice version and cute presentation

Unknown said...

Tomato dal looks spicy and tempting.

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Indian Khana said...

Love this..looks delish

Ramya said...

What a colorful and yummy looking dal!

Parita said...

Looks spicy and yummy!

Kanan said...

this dal is so great. looks delicious

Vimitha Durai said...

Perfect comfort meal. Looks so yummy

My Kitchen Antics said...

i love anything with dal in it...this looks superb pratibha..

Soundspicy said...

Perfect comfort food..lovely clicks..

Sobha Shyam said...

delicious dal, perfect with hot white rice..nice clicks..

Suja Manoj said...

Comfort food,spicy and tangy dal..yum

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

awesome dal... very nice clicks...

Prabha Mani said...

Awesome pics dear..loving it!!I love dal..

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Raks said...

I love tomato dal a lot! Can eat more than 1 cup of rice if I have this :)

Lakshmi said...

Gorgeous looking dhal.. :)

Priya Suresh said...

I can survive for many days with this super comforting dal..

Unknown said...

yumm my favorite looks so delicious said...

Wow delicious..can just imagine the taste..yummy dal.

Nitha said...

restaurant style clicks.. love the curry

Archana said...

beautiful dal. Looks so delicious. Would love some of it now.

Prema said...

Delicious dal,very nice presentation...lovely clicks.

Anonymous said...

Seemingly, the folks commenting above have not prepd this recipe to the exact. I did.
The step, "Add chana dal,curry leaves and slightly crushed garlic pods and fry for 30 secs" was a rocking disaster'!
The Chana Dal was rock-solid!!! Overall a good recipe but this Itablespoon of oversight ruined it. However, will tweak it a bit & try again :)

chef and her kitchen said...

@anonymous..sorry to know that the chana dal was not cooked..It usually gets cooked well and adds a nice bite(not like rock hard) to the ever you can skip it if you do not like..

Bharathi said...

Looking tangy :-) I'm ready to do it now.. thank you for the wonderful mouth watering receipe ... :-)

anil Reddy said...

AWESOME ............

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