Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tomato pappu/Tomato dal

Here is an Andhra dal/pappu recipe. I tried this from amma cheppindi blog. Made very few changes to the original one. The highlight of this pappu/dal is the addition of rasam powder to the dal!!
Here goes my version of the same.

Ingredients: (Serves 3-4)
Toor dal/thogari bele/split pigeon peas: 1 cup
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Red chili powder: 1/2 tsp
Rasam powder: 1/2 tsp (Original recipe called for MTR rasam powder, I used home made)
Salt: According to taste
Water: As needed
Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp, finely chopped (for garnish)

For tempering:
Oil: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Garlic: 2 pods, minced
Curry leaves: a string or 6-8 nos
Red chili: 2 nos, broken
Tomatoes: 2 nos, medium sized


  • Wash the toor dal thoroughly & add water, turmeric & asafoetida to it. Cook the toor dal in a pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles. Allow it to cool.
  • Meantime, heat oil in a broad pan. Add mustard & cumin seeds. When seeds splutter, add curry leaves, red chili & garlic. Saute till the garlic turns golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes. Mix in the rasam powder, red chili powder & cook the tomatoes till they are soft.
  • Mash the dal/lentils gently with the back of a spatula or a masher. 
  • Add the mashed lentil to the tomatoes. 
  • Add the salt & 1/2 cup of water (adjust accordingly). 
  • Allow the dal to boil. Once the dal starts boiling, turn off the heat. 
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves & serve them hot with rice.

  • The highlight of this dal is the usage of rasam powder. Hence, do not try to skip it.
  • For a tangier dal, add 1-2 tsp of lemon juice at the end.


  1. Just now I revisited one of my dal recipes and posted it and Guess wat??? It is Andhra style dal,ofcourse not tomato but it is methi...if u want to chk it,chk my side bat,I have updated it..
    love Andhra style dals and tomato n methi r my most favorite dals..
    and one more thing we used to love bitter melons wat we used to get in HK,they taste very nice..try with this recipe u will definitely like it..sorry for such a long comment.

  2. Forgot to mention,nice twist by adding rasam powder,will try next time...:)

  3. Simple and very delicious dal to go with hot piping rice.

  4. Looks yum n lovely click...I have same in my blog too :)

  5. Simple and delicious dal.. looks awesome !!

    Indian Cuisine

  6. One of my friend's MIL too adds rasam powder to dal,i have to try it out myself too,sounds and looks yummy!

  7. i do add samabr powder or rasam powder to my dal for a different it..looks yumm..

  8. The daal is absolutely inviting...loved the addition of rasam powder..will try this out soon.

  9. Dal looks addictive..simple yet delicious..

  10. Looks delicious. Always my favourite

  11. Tangy and delicious dal,comfort food.

  12. Delicious and yummy dal....

  13. Your dal is looking good. It's been ages since I made, thanks for reminding me.

  14. The dal looks superb!!!! Thx sus for dropping by coz now i could visit ur wonderful blog...Now ur newest follower!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner



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