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Preparation of this dal is very much different from other dal preparation. This can be made spicy according to your spice level. This can be served with rice, regular dosa, uttappam.  I particularly love this and make as a side dish with curd dosa and also with rice.  It is one of our family favourite recipe( my grandmom recipe).

Ingredients :

Toor dal - 3/4 cup

For Tadka :

Ghee - 1/2 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Curry leaves few
Coriander for garnishing
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

Spice paste :

Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Cummin seeds - 1 tsp
Red chilli - 4
Garlic - 3 pods
Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Shallots - 3
Coconut - 2 tbsp scrapped
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
oil and salt

Method :

1. Pressure cook dal with tsp of oil and turmeric powder.
2. Heat a tsp of oil in a frying pan fry all the spices one by one until they turn slight brown.
3. Then fry the shallots and garlic until light brown add the coconut saute and switch of the gas.
4. Grind it to fine paste adding water.
5. In a vessel add the cooked dal, ground paste. Add little water and check for salt.
6. Let it cook for 5 minutes.  Temper the dal with Ghee, mustard and curry leaves.
7. Garnish with coriander leaves. Ready to serve with rice or dosas.


1. Coconut is optional adding little will give good taste.

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (June 25, 2009 at 1:03 PM)  

Looks so yummy! I love the look of it... Must be great...

Sailaja Damodaran  – (June 25, 2009 at 1:04 PM)  

like ur decoration nice spicy one...

Parita  – (June 25, 2009 at 1:09 PM)  

i love the way you present your dishes, makes me wanna dig in the dishes :)

Pooja  – (June 25, 2009 at 1:21 PM)  

Wow delicious n aromatic dal with freshly ground spices!

Padma  – (June 25, 2009 at 1:29 PM)  

First thing I do when I visit ur blog is enlarge the pictures and admire :D... looks so neat and delicious...perfect with hot rice and ghee ....  – (June 25, 2009 at 1:29 PM)  

Hey the decor is simply awesome..Nice recipe too...

Ann  – (June 25, 2009 at 1:48 PM)  

Looks yumm and cute presentation

Priyameena  – (June 25, 2009 at 2:01 PM)  

Wow Spicy and yummy dhal..Goegeous presentation

Priya Suresh  – (June 25, 2009 at 2:09 PM)  

WOwo pavithra, wat a delicious dal, lovely presentation dear!

Srilakshmi  – (June 25, 2009 at 2:34 PM)  

Great presentation as usual.. completely new dish to me!

Mangala Bhat  – (June 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM)  

wow! new reipe that spicy one ..lovely want to try That soon ...lovely presentation

Reeni  – (June 25, 2009 at 2:56 PM)  

This is so beautifully presented! It look so delicious - would love it with coconut!

kittymatti  – (June 25, 2009 at 3:17 PM)  

wow! Interesting recipe and a lovely presentation!

chakhlere  – (June 25, 2009 at 4:04 PM)  

Hey this looks yumm!!
I loved those dal flowers!!

KavyaNaimish  – (June 25, 2009 at 4:06 PM)  

SPiccyyyy...I too do the same but love adding cabbage to it and call Cabbage Kootu...Deco is very nice...

Sarah Naveen  – (June 25, 2009 at 5:12 PM)  

looks so delicious....
and superb presentation...

Unknown  – (June 25, 2009 at 5:28 PM)  

Wow yummy !!spicy Dal.. I love pappu with rice...I can smell tht dear ^_^

Vikis Kitchen  – (June 25, 2009 at 6:15 PM)  

Karam pappu seems so delicious. wanna have that bowl:)
By the way the potluck chicken event roundup has been published.
Hope u enjoy it.

Vrinda  – (June 25, 2009 at 6:23 PM)  

I am a great fan of daal,looks yum...Pavitra i tried ur Tomato dosa yday,turned out great,will post in my blog..thanx yaar..

Varsha Vipins  – (June 25, 2009 at 7:07 PM)  

That looks like sambar..another new version to me ..thanks Pavi..:)

Unknown  – (June 25, 2009 at 9:05 PM)  

Looks delicious, nice presentation.

chef and her kitchen  – (June 25, 2009 at 10:54 PM)  

Thats a nice dal dear...
In our house they prepare in the similar way for sambar which is diluted further with water and some veggie combo...
(karnataka style sambar..he he)

lata raja  – (June 26, 2009 at 4:34 AM)  

Hi Pavithra, Am yet to try the dosa. Now I will with the same side dish as you. And my dear, you have a way to present stuff. I take my hats off to you for the picture.

Saritha  – (June 26, 2009 at 6:14 AM)  

Yummy,in some parts of teleganana it is called masala pappu.Love to have it with hot rice and ghee :)

Deepthi Shankar  – (June 26, 2009 at 6:31 AM)  

nice dal .. I love it when it is spicy

Bergamot  – (June 26, 2009 at 6:36 AM)  

dal looks delicious... would be great with some steamed rice. nice pics...good presentation

Trupti  – (June 26, 2009 at 9:15 AM)  

Dhal looks delicious & easy to make.Nice presentation

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Kalaivani  – (June 26, 2009 at 9:27 AM)  

Looks yummy and recipe and nice presentation.

ARUNA  – (June 26, 2009 at 10:16 AM)  

more than the recipe, it is the arrangement that makes it beautiful!!!

Rush  – (June 26, 2009 at 1:36 PM)  

the decor is soo sweet..loved ur artistic nature :)

Anonymous –   – (June 26, 2009 at 2:45 PM)  

comfort food..Back in kerala, we make a similar parippu curry..its not the same..this looks drool worthy

Aps Kitchen  – (June 26, 2009 at 4:13 PM)  

I loved the way u presented it GR8 nd kno it'l taste gr8 too will try it soon.hey Pav y rnt u my neighbour

Anonymous –   – (June 26, 2009 at 9:08 PM)  

I'll take a POT of this, please, WITH the coconut! It looks AWESOME! And hahahaha, I love the way you decorated the plate, too!

Unknown  – (June 27, 2009 at 1:06 AM)  

We use to call this as Mirapkaya pappu your pic. making me drool. beautiful presentation.

Sanghi  – (June 29, 2009 at 2:20 AM)  

Mmm yummy pappu.. you have a great collection. do check mine..!

Anonymous –   – (June 29, 2009 at 5:47 AM)  

Hey Pavithra...

I tried it...Wow...:)..every one appreciated my cooking all because of ur recipe..:)

Thank you so much Dear..!

Perspectivemedley  – (December 24, 2009 at 10:37 PM)  

its totally tempting!! and very very nice presentation!! :)

Ushnish Ghosh  – (January 8, 2010 at 1:54 AM)  

Dear Pavithra
This spice is awesome! I am getting the aroma right now. But before making the Alu dish, I am going to use it today with stir fried chicken.
It is going to be great!!
Have a nice weekend

Komala –   – (December 5, 2010 at 10:19 PM)  

The chillis u used are the fresh ones or dried chillis. if dried chillis, must we soak it & remove the seeds?

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