Pesara pappu Kura was to my knowledge almost the first dish I learnt to cook myself. It is one of those dishes that can cook itself anytime. Cooking Yellow Moong Dal is not tough and this dal is one of the staple dals that get featured on our Sunday breakfast menu.
This Sunday I really thought I had enough of Channa Masala with Poori week after week. Mind you, except the elders nobody raised a voice in opposition. Infact seeing their favorite Channa not on the table I heard 2 voices protesting strongly. I sternly said I had enough and we should explore other wonderful dishes too.
Within minutes I heard one sweet little voice that said "Amma this is so tasty, please make this every day for me" That was Chinnu who asks for me to make a particular dish everyday if he likes it. Then Konda too joined him to say it was very nice.
Though I always make this dal in Pressure Cooker, this time I wanted to try the same in my Microwave Oven.
I was thinking of soaking the dal in water for 10 - 15 minutes. But felt soaking in hot water will be better. So Micro 1 cup of water for 2 mins in micro, while you wash the dal.
Soak yellow moong dal in hot water for 5 minutes with lid covered.
Micro the dal for 15 mins with 1 & 1/2 cups water.
Then saute chopped onions, green chilies, cumin for 2 mins
Followed by tomatoes and turmeric for 2 mins
Yellow Moong Dal / Peserapappu - 3/4 cup
Water - 3 & 1/2 cup
Onions - 1/2 of a small one
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Green chillies - 4
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - few springs
I didn't add Red chilies and Curry leaves. Hence chopped Green chilies while sauteing so it had normal spice.
All of us felt that this version of dal was much tastier than the usual Pressure Cooker one.
Since this is one of my favorite dish prepared entirely in Microwave, sending this to PJ who is hosting my MEC event this month themed on our Favorites!