Vankaya Pappu Andhra Style | Brinjal Dal ~ Lunch Box Series #2

Vankaya Pappu

Today’s lunch is Vankaya Pappu, a typical Andhra Style Pappu made with Brinjal or Eggplant along with a Gojju made with Drumstrick. I remember the first time I had explained to a colleague about Brinjal Dal and getting a werid expression on knowing a brinjal was featured in the dal. I guess there are lot of people out there who dislike eating eggplant in its natural form. If you want to camouflage eggplant completely and still eat it, then this Vankaya pappu, as we call it telugu, is the thing to try.

I too normally don’t prefer eating eggplant in its fullest form except my Amma’s Nune or Guthi Vankaya. But my Athamma introduced me to Vankaya pappu, well she makes it frequently and at times prepare snacks like Mirakaya Bajji to go with it. The combo of tender chilli bajji with this pappu is just excellent. She selects very tender chillies to make the bajji, and lightly roasts it on hot tawa and stuffs little cumin powder and salt. You got to eat to believe the heavenly taste of this combination.

Vankaya pappu is very simple and easy to make. In fact, until someone tells you that it actually has brinjal in it, we will never know. The technique of tadka is also very important. The inviting aroma in the end, is sure way to complete a big bowl of pappu.

My lunch box today had the following

Vankaya Pappu
Munnakaya Gojju
Plain Rice for pappu
Curd Rice.

Vankaya Pappu  Step by Step pictures for making Vankaya PappuHow to make Vankaya pappu

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Vankaya Pappu ~ Lunch Box Series #2
A speciality of the Andhra Cuisine, Brinjal Dal is a thick lentil based dish prepared with Brinjals and Green Chilies with a final aromatic tempering.
Vankaya Pappu
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Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type Andhra Pappu
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the Dal to be pressure cooked
For Tempering
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type Andhra Pappu
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the Dal to be pressure cooked
For Tempering
Vankaya Pappu
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Instructions
For the Dal
  1. Wash Toor dal, take it in a pressure cooker. Then add chopped tomatoes, brinjals, green chillies. Then add the cumin seeds, tamarind, turmeric powder and coriander leaves. Add enough water to cover everything. Close with the lid and cook for 3 whistles or until dal cooks.
  2. When the pressure falls down, remove the excess water, some of the green chillies to another bowl. Add salt and mash it well with the dal masher. Once you do this, the dal and everything in it will be nicely mashed and mixed along.
For the Tempering
  1. Crush the garlic along with the skin, chop the onions fine.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan with oil. when it is hot, add the whole spices and saute for few seconds. Then add the crushed garlic, onions, curry leaves and saute well till the onions almost turn slightly brownish. The garlic should also be slightly charred. The main taste comes from the slightly charred garlic and onions.
  3. Now pour the mashed dal, cover with lid, let it simmer for 5 mins.
  4. Serve with hot steamed rice
Recipe Notes

This Vankaya Pappu is mostly served with some spicy gojju like the Munakkaya Gojju or a Mirapakaya Bajji

Brinjal Dal Andhra Style

Pappu of any variety is a comfort food at home. Anytime we feel vexed on what to prepare, we end up preparing this.

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13 comments

  1. Hi,

    This is my first visit to your blog. I liked the vankaya pappu recipe. Nice way to take the brinjal. I would try this for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks Sharmi, Archana for dropping by.

    This dish as I said will never let out that it has eggplant in it bee you can try with all confidence

    Welcome to my blog Viji..its my pleasure..hope to see you around…thanks for dropping by

    Thanks DEEPA

    Thanks Shanti glad you liked them…

    haha…maybe you can still try frozen drumstick gojju LOL…Suganya

    Great Cynthia do let me know how it was..LOL

  3. I made both vankaya pappu and munnakaya gojju.Both,turned out very tasty.I like to make it often.Thanks for sharing this with us.

    sam

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