Gurugakku Pappu / Chennu Aakku ~ Authentic Andhra | Step by Step Recipe

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Now if I am to say what this variety of greens is called in English, then I am really at wits ends to know what it is called in English. This is a variety of greens that is only grown in the backyards in villages or towns. Amma got these green when we had visited our native place some time back. I was so surprised at the different versions that they used to prepare with this. We made a pappu with it, and it made a wonderful meal.

I have been trying to update this space for a while, yet something or the other comes up and I lose focus. I have also been busy teaching my boys for their term exams. It’s been equally a tough period for me, as I have to understand how to make them understand. They have so many portions to study, I wonder why 5 year old kids need to learn so much. They have sample worksheets followed by the actual exams. I am sure they have so many other things that can do much in ways to teach them.

Anyway coming to the recipe, check out the step by step pictures to make this dal.Gurugakku Pappu

 Step by Step Pictures for making the dal

Gurugakku Pappu / Chennu Aakku Pappu

Course Main Dish - Gravies
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
By Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Dish Type Andhra Pappu
Author Srivalli


For the Dal

  • 2 cups Chenu Akku
  • 100 gms Toor Dal
  • 3 to 4 long Green Chillies
  • 2 small Tomatoes
  • 1 Tamarind small marble size
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Cooking Oil

For Tempering

  • 1/4 tsp Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Urad dal
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Curry Leaves handful
  • 4 to 5 nos Shallots Sambar onions


  • Wash and take the greens in a pressure cooker along with washed toor dal, green chillies, tomatoes, tamarind, sambar onions and enough water. Pressure cook till done.
  • Once the pressure falls, remove the water and churn the greens and dal using the lentil masher.
  • Heat a pan with oil, temper with seasoning ingredients. Saute till the onions are sauteed well. Then add the mashed dal with greens.
  • Add salt and enough water and bring to boil. Simmer for couple of minutes as required.
  • Serve with steamed rice.
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  1. Anon These leaves are not Ponnangani Kerai, this is found mostly in the village side, grown wild..I am not sure what it is called in Tamil, sorry abt that.

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