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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mango Dal/maamidikaya pappu

This simple dal can be made quickly when you have no moods to prepare a planned menu. This goes so well with hot rice and when you are really hungry you can make this and enjoy. All you need is to soak the dal 20 to 30 minutes in advance. You need to only do tadka ("Bagar" in Hyderabad) and add the dal and pressure cook. Yummy delicious dal with rice will be so soothing and you will make it every week.
This is a Jain food as there is no use of onion or garlic. The recipe tastes good with tomatoes alone and since I had mango, thought of including it to make it more tastier.


Thuwar dal/arhar dhall        1 cup
Tomatoes                             3 ( if using mangoes reduce to 1)
Mango                                  1
Ghee                                    2 tblsp + 1 tblsp
Green chili                           3 to 4
Grated ginger                      2 tsp
Mustard seeds                     1 tsp
Asafoetida                           1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder/haldi         1/4 tsp
Red chili powder                  1 tsp
Salt                                        to taste
Cilantro                                  little

Wash and soak thuwar dhal in 2 1/2 cups water for 1/2 hour.
Heat ghee in cooker (i used 3 litre cooker).
Add slit green chili and saute,
Add asafoetida.
Then mustard seeds and allow to crackle.
Then add grated ginger and fry till you get good aroma.
Add cut tomatoes and cut mangoes.
Add haldi, chili powder and salt and stir.
Add the soaked dhal with water.
Cover lid and pressure cook for 3 whistle.
Remove lid when pressure is reduced.
Mix using the laddle and adjust consistency by adding more hot water if needed.
Garnish with coriander leaves and 1 tblsp ghee.
Serve hot with roti or rice.
Use of ghee is must, and that alone gives the yummy taste  and flavour to dal.
Adjust use of chili as per your taste. The measure I used gave normal spiciness.
I reduced tomatoes  to one as I used mango.