Saturday, January 9, 2016

Simple Tomato Paruppu / Pappu / Dal ~ Day 9

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

    • Toor dal and Split moong dal - 1/2 cup each (just one variety of dal can be used as well)
    • Tomatoes - 3, cut into medium sized chunks 
    • Green chilies - 3, chopped or slit
    • Ginger - 1 inch, julienned
    • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
    • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
    • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
    • Asafoetida - 1/4 tspSalt - to taste
    • Oil - 2 tsp
    • Curry leaves - few
    • Fresh coriander leaves -  for garnishing

    1. Wash and rinse both the dals and pressure cook with enough water and turmeric powder for 4-5 whistles.
    2. In a saucepan, add tomatoes, green chilies and ginger.  Add water just to cover the tomatoes. Adding too much water will result in watery soup.
    3. Bring it to a boil on a low flame. It takes only 4-5 minutes to cook the tomatoes.  Cooked tomatoes should be firm, not mushy.
    4. Add the cooked dal, and salt.  Mix gently and just bring it to one boil.
    5. Heat oil in small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves.
    6. Add it to the dal and mix well.
    7. Garnish with coriander leaves.
    8. Serve with steamed rice and dollop of desi ghee.

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