Pappu Pulusu – 1

Pappu Pulusu or Simple Lentil Stew
Pappu Pulusu
Pappu Pulusu is a simple stew made with lentils, vegetables and tamarind. It is a staple in Andhra homes and can be considered a spice-less version of Sambhar.
Ingredients
  1. Kandi Pappu/Tuvar Dal – 1 Cup
  2. Tamarind Pulp – 1 tbsp
  3. Madras Onions/Shallots – 8 to 10 (optional)
  4. Tomato – 1 Small
  5. Baby Aubergine/Brinjal – 1
  6. Drumstick – 3 X 2″ pieces
  7. Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  8. Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  9. Red Chillies – 3 or 4
  10. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  11. Asafoetida – A Large Pinch
  12. Oil – 1 tbsp
  13. Curry Leaves – A Few
  14. Salt to Taste

Method

  1. Dry roast the kandi pappu over medium heat till it turns light brown.
  2. Set aside to cool.
  3. Pressure cook the roasted dal with 2 cups water for 3 whistles, or till it is mashable.
  4. Peel the shallots.
  5. Chop the tomato to 1″ cubes.
  6. Heat the oil.
  7. Add mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  8. Add cumin seeds and split red chillies.
  9. Add shallots and fry for 2 mins.
  10. Add tomato pieces and fry till it gets mashed.
  11. Add aubergine pieces and drumsticks, and 1/2 cup water.
  12. Simmer till the vegetables cook.
  13. Add curry leaves and tamarind pulp.
  14. Add more water, if required.
  15. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes.
  16. Add mashed dal, asafoetida, salt, and turmeric.
  17. Mix well.
  18. Add water, if required.
  19. Bring to a boil.
  20. Serve hot with rice and papad.