Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pappu Charu ~ Toor dal Rasam ~ Pappu Pulusu

This is a Lentil soup prepared with variety of vegetables with Mashed Toor dal & Tamarind Extract & it is a Mild Sambar with out Sambar powder.It is very tasty & makes everyone mouth watering.I like this very much prepared from one of my aunty "Mani" at Vijayawada.I came to know this item when I am studying Third standard ,even  I didn't like to eat when I mom Prepared for me,I used to like always my Mani Aunty pappu charu.I love her Pappu Charu forever.Today ,I tried for my boy & hubby.They liked it very much and posting it for all of you.

  • Kandipappu/Toor dal-1 cup
  • Tamarind- 1 big lemon size (Soak in 2 cups of water & extract the pulp)
  • Turmeric powder- a pinch
  • Sugar-1tbsp (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Any variety of Vegatables of your choice can be taken and cut in to pieces.(Like Brinjal,Drumstick,potato,Sweet potato,Okra/Ladies fingers,Egg plant,Tomato etc)
  • Onions-2 (Cut lengthwise)
  • Greenchillies-4no (slit lengthwise)
  • Tomato-1 no
  • Oil-1tbsp ( this is optional ,Used to saute the veggies in a sauce pan)
For Seasoning:
  • Oil-2tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Cumin seeds-tsp
  • Curryleaves-2 sprigs
  • Garlic -3 cloves (Cut in to small pieces or crush them)
  • Red chillies-4no
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Clean the dal and pressure cook with 2 cups of water for 3-4 whistles and mash it smooth with the back of the laddle or use a blender / Mixy jar.Set this aside.
  • In a separate sauce pan ,add 1 cup of water and cook all the chopped vegetables,Curryleaves  and cook  them on medium heat till they turn soft.Or you can saute them well using 1 tbsp of oil;later add  1 cup of water.
  • Now add the mashed dal,Tamarind juice ,Salt,Sugar ,turmeric powder and allow to boil in low flame for 15 minutes.Check the taste & adjust tamarind juice ,salt according to taste while cooking.
  • Now take a hard bottomed pan for the seasoning,add oil & heat it.Add crushed garlic,mustard seeds,cumin seeds,red chilies,curry leaves and Hing,allow to splutter.Add this seasoning to Pappu charu.
  • Allow to cook for 3 minutes & garnish with the Coriander leaves.
  • Tasty ...Tasty Pappu Charu is ready to eat & enjoy  with hot rice with any fry or Chutney as a side dish.

  • You can cook or make the seasoning with Ghee for kids.
  • Try the taste Sprinkling  the Lemon Juice while serving

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