Thursday 27 February 2014

Andhra Style Palak Pappu (Spinach Pappu Recipe )

Posted by Veena Karanth at 08:27:00
Pappu, a traditional dal which was originated in Andhra Pradesh is very famous now not only in Andhra Pradesh but recognised all over the globe as a tasty Indian curry. This is a very healthy and nutritious dal since it contains toor dal, one of the lentils which is very rich in protein that is very vital to our body. One more ingredient, spinach is also used in this dal. So the dal is enriched with the necessary iron and vitamins. In Andhra it is authentically prepared by adding more of  pepper and garlic but if you wish it to be less spicier, then you can reduce the quantity of pepper.


How To Prepare Pappu - Andhra Style

This dal requires around 20 minutes for the dal to boil and another 15 minutes for mixing the necessary spices.

Ingredients For Pappu.

  • Toor dal ( pigeon peas ) - 1 cup.
  • Spinach leaves ( palak ) - 1 big bunch.
  • Slit Green chilli - 5.
  • Pepper corns - 8. ( can be reduced if necessary )
  • Tomato - 1.
  • Garlic - 1 pod.
  • Jeera seeds ( cumin seeds ) - 1 tsp.
  • Asafoetida - a small pitch.
  • Curry leaves - 2 strings.
  • Coriander leaves - 3 sprigs.
  • Turmeric powder  - 2 tsp.
  • Salt - as required
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp.
  • Urad dal ( black gram ) - 1 tsp.
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp.
  • Broken red chilli - 1.
  • Oil - 1 tbsp.

Method To Make Pappu.

  • First and foremost, wash the dal and spinach leaves separately.
  • Now in a pressure cooker boil dal, tomato, 4 mashed garlic cloves, 2 pepper corns, 1 /2 tsp jeera seeds and spinach leaves after adding 1 tsp of oil in it up till 5 whistles.
  • Mash the dal and spinach leaves with the help of a ladle to a smooth consistency.
  • Heat a vessel with 1 cup of water.
  • Add chopped green chillies, turmeric powder and salt in it.
  • After a few minutes, transfer the mashed dal ingredients into this boiling water.
  • When the mixture starts to boil add asafoetida and lemon juice and switch off the flame.
  • Heat another small pan with oil in it.
  • Add broken red chilli, mustard seeds, jeera seeds, urad dal, chopped garlic cloves and curry leaves to it.
  • When the seasoning ingredients starts to splutter, transfer the same into the vessel containing dal.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Your tasty and healthy pappu is ready to be served.!!!

Kitchen Masti Points.

  1. You can mix in chopped onion while preparing the tadka. 
  2. You can increase the amount of garlic if you intend to.
  3. The amount of pepper can also be added or reduced according to you wish.
  4. This dal curry tastes awesome with hot rice with ghee.

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