Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gongura Pappu | Sorrel Leaves Dal | Gongura Recipes

gongura dal
I am sure everyone would have celebrated Diwali nicely and enjoyed it with lots of fun and food. I had to pull myself to post this recipe especially after a along weekend.

Gongura leaves are called 'Sorrel leaves' in English and 'Khatta Bhaji' in Hindi and 'Ambaadi' in Maharastra.Gongura leaves(Sorrel leaves) is used extensively in Andhra to prepare various recipes like Gongura Pickle, Pacchadi, Pappu(Dal),Rice and gravies.I have posted few recipes with Gongura earlier and I am yet to post the most popular recipe - Gongura Pacchadi which I promise to post it in near future.I had earlier posted a recipe of Gongura Pulusu Kura which is a stewed version of Gongura and Chana dal which is quite tangy and goes well with rice and today I am posting a simple yet delicious dal recipe with Gongura,which is again a popular recipe in Andhra cuisine.

Check out other recipes with Gongura.
gongura dal

Gongura Pappu :
Serves 3-4
Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 30 mins | Total time: 40 mins
Cuisine: Andhra - Indian | Category: Side dish

1 cup Toor dal(Kandipappu)
1 medium bunch Sorrel leaves/Gongura or 5-6 cups loosely packed
1 large Onion,cut into big chunks
5-6 Green chillies,slit
3-4 Garlic pods
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Oil

to temper:
1 tbsp Ghee/Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
2 Red chillies
10-12 Curry leaves
2-3 garlic pods,slightly crushed
a pinch of Asafoetida

  • Wash and chop Gongura and keep it aside.
  • In a kadai/pan heat oil and add green chillies, garlic pods and fry for half  a minute and then add onion chunks and saute for 2 minutes until they turn translucent.
  • Add Gongura leaves and fry again for 4-5 mins until the leaves wither and become slightly mushy.
  • Wash toor dal twice and add enough water and turmeric powder to it.
  • Pressure cook toor dal and gongura leaves mixture in separate containers of the pressure cook for 3-4 whistles until the dal turns soft.
  • Once the pressure drops remove extra water from cooked toor dal and mash the toor dal with a pappu gutti(wooden masher) to a smooth paste.
  • Slightly smash the gongura mixture if you want your dal smooth or leave it as it is.
  • In a kadai heat ghee/oil and crackle mustard seeds and add red chillies and crushed garlic pods and fry until it turns slight red in color.Add curry leaves and asafoetida and fry for half a minute.
  • Add cooked and slightly mashed gongura mixture and cook for a minute.
  • Add mashed toor dal to it and add enough reserved water(from dal) and salt and mix nicely and cook for 4-5 mins.
Serve it hot with hot steamed rice,ghee and papad/fryums.
gongura pappu
  1. You can even add onions while tempering or cook along with gongura.
  2. Sometimes the dal does not get cooked if cooked along with gongura because of the sourness of those leaves, hence cooking them separately is recommended.
    While boiling add water according to your desired consistency - add less water for thicker dal and more water for slightly running dal and boil accordingly.Also the dal thickens once its kept for long at room temperature.
  3. The red sorrel leaves are slightly tangy,so tamarind is not need.But if you are using white sorrel leaves add 1-2 tbsp tamarind pulp at the end while boiling the dal.
  4. Garlic adds a nice flavor,hence do not skip it.
gongura pappu

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Diwali Snacks Recipes 2014 | Diwali Savouries

Diwali is just a few days ahead and I am sure most of you would be planning to prepare lot of sweets and savouries for Diwali.
I had earlier posted a list of Diwali Sweets ,where I had compiled all the special sweets recipes at one place.If you have not checked that page please check it here for more ideas for this Diwali..I have included the various snack varieties of vada, bajji and bonda in the list so that it would be easy for those who can plan for them to make at the last moment during Diwali.
Check out How to make Processed RICE FLOUR  at home to  make these savories and snacks.

         Chakli                                   Thengolu                             Spicy Seedai

         Manugu Poolu                 Ribbon Pakoda                       Sago Murukku
        Plain Ribbon Murukku         Spicy(Khara) Sev             Ompodi/Plain Sev

        Chekkalu/Thattai            Garlic Kara Sev                  Karam Gavvalu              
       Spicy Chickpeas                 Spicy Makhana                        Poha Chiwda   

         Avarekalu Mixture           Kara Pori                             Spicy Puffed Sago

Pakora/Vada Varieties

           Raw Banana Bajji          Babycorn Pakora                  Cabbage Pakora

Ambode                       Masala Vada                    Medu Vada

          Mosaru Kodubale            Punugulu             Stuffed Okra & Eggplant Bonda

Mosaru Ambode           Lobia Vada                    Perugu Vada

    Sago Bonda                    Dahi Bhalla                   Maddur Vada 

Check out Diwali Sweets Collection here.

33 Diwali Sweets | Diwali Sweets Recipes 2014

No festival is complete without sweets and especially for Diwali one likes to indulge in a lot of varieties of sweet. I have compiled a list of sweets across various categories - ranging from kheer to traditional sweets to several others that are specially prepared to distribute among friends and family. Check out the various sweet treats and do prepare them and enjoy with your friends and family and have a great Diwali. Another aspect of Diwali, is the preparation of sweets at home - its fun and keeps the festive spirit soaring - so if you dont have much time you can prepare some of the simple sweet varieties highlighted below - these include - Kesar Peda ,Paneer Peda ,7 Cups Cake all Payasam recipes. I am planning to prepare Moong Dal Ladoo  and Kobbari Louse this week. So whats your plan ?

For a vast variety of Payasam recipes check out this post.

       Ariselu(Adhirasam)           Moong Dal Ladoo                 Kobbari Boorelu   

          Sunni Undalu                       Karanji                       Oats-Nuts Ladoo

      Dry Fruits Ladoo              7 Cups Cake                          Kobbari Louse
       Paneer Peda                  Coconut Choco Truffles           Coconut Burfi
        Rabdi                               Beet-Carrot Halwa                  Shahi Tukra

       Puran Poli                      Garugu Holige                      Boorelu/Poornalu         
        Groundnut Holige           Kayi Kadubu                      Sajjappa
       Semiya Kheer                    Sooji ki Kheer                     Carrot Kheer

       Sago Kheer                   Rice Chana Dal Kheer         Kesar Peda

          Semiya Kesari               Moong Dal Kheer                  Makhana Kheer 
     Basundi                               Lauki Halwa                              Carrot Phirni

Check out Diwali Savouries Post here.

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