Pappu Charu Recipe 2 ~ Andhra Style | Lunch Box Series : LBS#75

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It was a holiday and I wanted to prepare something special. I had a rough plan on what it could be. Amma was asking if it was going to be Mango Rice or Mango Chutney. I opted for Mango Chutney and to make up for the dal part, opted for Pappu Charu, which even the boys love to eat. 
My Aunt visited us, and when she heard me saying that I was planning to make Pappu Chaaru, she suggested I make it the way my Ammamma used to make. She told me how she thought them to make it. So I was glad she came on time, to share my grandmom’s recipe. I don’t remember Amma talking about this, maybe because she didn’t remember. My aunt says that though hing is not usually used in Andhra dishes, they use because her mom taught them.
It was going to be another greens stir fry, though this is a different variety, I didn’t know the name, and followed the same method.
The Summer Vacation started for the boys
from May 1st and already they are bored, thinking what they can do. My
SIL and her family are coming for the vacation, for Konda’s birthday. My
niece has planned this surprise visit, so Konda is not aware, and I
will have to plan for her birthday celebration without revealing this
news. She is entering into her teens and very excited about it. She was
asking me why she is so excited and why I am not excited about my
birthday. I told her that as we grow older, we want to forget our
birthdays and it’s only during childhood one wants to remember and be
remembered of their birthdays. The innocence of growing up!
this mid week holiday was God sent as I caught up on much need rest
from the month long marathon. Not that I got ready for the May edition!
Coming to the Lunch Menu, it was
Pappu Charu
Cabbage Onion Pakoda
Mango Chutney
Greens Stir Fry
Plain Rice

This variety of greens is done the same as way as Sirukeerai poriyal

Pappu Charu Version 2

Ingredients Needed:

Toor dal – 1 cup
Tomato – 2 medium
Green chilies – 2 -3 nos
Onion – 1/4 of a medium
Red Chili powder -1 tsp
Coriander powder -1  tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Tamarind – 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves

For seasoning

Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard, Urad dal – 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Onions – 1/2 of a medium
Garlic – 4 -5 cloves
Hing – 1/4 tsp

How to make the pappu charu

Wash and pressure the toor dal along with turmeric powder, green chilies, red chili powder, coriander powder, onions till the dal is soft.

Once the pressure falls, heat a pan with oil, temper with hing, mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, curry leaves, onions and crushed garlic. Make sure the garlic is browned well.

Then poured the churned dal with tomatoes.

Add coriander leaves and bring to boil.


The important difference in this version is the amount of garlic and hing added. The garlic has to be really browned to get that distinct taste.

This goes for the May Week 1, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge  Group

Pappu Charu Recipe 2 ~ Andhra Style | Lunch Box Series : LBS#75

Course Lunch Box, Main Dish - Gravies
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
Dish Type South Indian Dals
Author Srivalli
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  1. What a delicious plate of food you have there Valli. Pappu chaaru sounds hearty and yummy.. slurp!!
    Here's wishing your daughter a very early b'day wishes.

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