Tomato Pappu / Tomato Dal - Andhra Style

This dal is nutritious and flavorful it's made from softened pigeon peas, sauteed with onion, tomato and  a blend of spices. Dal is an integral dish of every Indian kitchen. This is an Andhra vegetarian dish, also know as Tomato Pappu . Pappu in Telugu language is known as the dal.

1 Cup Tur Dal / Pigeon Peas
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin seeds
A Sprig Curry Leaves
1 Large Onion - finely chopped
8 Cloves Garlic  - lightly crushed
4 Green Chillies - seeded and slit
1 Teaspoon  Red Chilly powder
2  Tablespoons Oil
1 Tablespoon Butter
4 Big Tomatoes - chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/2 Teaspoon Mustard seeds
1/2 Teaspoon  Salt or according to taste

For the Tempering 
1 Tablespoon Oil
1/2  Teaspoon Mustard seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin seeds
A Sprig Curry Leaves
3 Dried Red Chillies
A pinch of Asafoetida

Coriander leaves chopped for garnishing


Wash and soak the dal for at least an hour.
Then rinse the dal in fresh water. In a pressure cooker, add the dal and water an 
inch above the dal, bring it to a rolling boil,  remove. the scum that surfaces then close the pressure cooker with the lid and pressure cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or for 2 whistles. Let the cooker  cool down.

Meanwhile, heat oil in the pot/ kadai, add 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds, cumin seeds and when they start to splutter, add the garlic crushed and saute it for a second only, add turmeric, curry leaves onion, green chillies and saute for a minute or till the onion is translucent. Add tomato, salt,  cook until the tomatoes become soft and mushy. Add the butter,  dal and 2 cups water or according to the consistency you require give it a quick stir. Reduce the flame to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes stirring in between.

For the tempering 

Heat a tablespoon of oil in pan, add mustard, cumin seeds, whole red chilly, curry leaves and asafoetida let it sizzle, then pour this over the dal.   Serve hot,   garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy with steamed rice or roti, chapatti, or naan. 

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Labels : Vegetables, Tur Dal, Lentils, Healthy, Vegan
Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

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