Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Parippu/Pappu curry- Andhra style

Like most of us, I didn't know much about cooking,when I got married and moved to Hyderabad. My husband (M) knew how to make the basic pappu curry, which turned out to be a life saver for us. Parippu (pappu, toor daal, sambar parippu)curry is one of the easiest and basic Andhra recipes. M knew much better than me about this recipe when I made it for the first time . I made some changes in the later years when I got more used to the experiments in the kitchen. Hope you will give it a go and see if you like it :-)

Parippu Curry


Toor daal (thuvara parippu)- 1 cup
Tomato(thinly sliced)- 1 (big)
Water- 2-3 cups
Garlic(grated or mashed)- 6-8 cloves depending on the size
Mustard-for tadka
Red chillies(broken into halves)-4
Chilli powder- 1/2tsp(if you want to make it more spicy)
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Tamarind water-acc to your taste
Salt-according to taste
Turmeric-1/4 tsp
Oil-2 tbsp


1. Take 2-3 cups of water in a pressure cooker and add daal.
2. Add salt and turmeric and also add the thinly sliced tomatoes if you don't mind seeing them quite mushy. Otherwise you can saute tomatoes while you do tadka (kaduku pottikkal)
3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and wait till it splutter. Then add red chillies followed by garlic.
4. Saute till garlic is done and add curry leaves. (if you haven't added tomatoes in daal you can do it at this point and saute)
5. Add chilli powder and saute for a minute.
6.Add tamarind (vaalan puli) water and let it boil.
7. Mix all these into the daal and boil it to adjust the consistency of the curry.

Parippu Curry

You can saute some Spinach (paalak) after step 5 and add into this, if you like spinach.

This curry goes well with rice and rotis.

Note: If you do not want to add tamarind, use more tomatoes instead.

Contributor: Namitha


  1. Hey Nami, this looks quite exciting! Will definitely give it a try... Looks so tasty!

  2. Fantastic Nami.. I tried it and added some zucchini to it cos I din't have any spinach. It tasted yum so had it with roti and okra. Okra recipe coming up!

  3. I was looking for this basic daal curry.Actually here we make daal curry like our kerala Erisheri using moong(cherupayaru parippu).I wanted to try it the toor daal version ,thanks for putting it up...And nice snaps too.

  4. @mystery mom: Thanks...

    @nostalgia : Glad that you liked it. Actually Andhrites add different types of vegetables in it, one at a time.

    @angel :Thank you..I too make that cerupayar parippu. You could also add some cumin seeds (jeerakam) while doing tadka , if you like the flavor. Forgot to mention that in the recipe :-)

  5. Good work nami....picture is awesome...keep it up.i too follow the same recipe....learnt it from my hus..very tasy and easy recipe

  6. Hey Namzz,

    Yummy yummy yummy in my tummy! I love Parippu curry and now I have somewhere to check out a recipe, thanks..defin will try it and let you know..

  7. @Jacob's ma : That plate is for you :D

    @Nitha: Thank you...

    @Sindhu : Thanks..Pl try it and let me know :-)

  8. when you cook parippu with Spinach, you can try adding coconut and a bit of Jeera after grinding, to it.

  9. @Sudhi: Thanks for visiting and also for the suggestion. I haven't tried it yet though I use coconut and jeera for cherupayar parippu..

    @Touch me not: Thank you !

  10. Great attempt Namitha.... The pappu reminds me of the hyderabad life! The blogs got an excellent look.

  11. Good work....I too follow the same recipe & my hubby taught it..I think its an Andhra recipe..

  12. This picture looks yummmy....my way of prepairing parippucury is with coconut...but my husband donot like it... Im sure this parippucurry will defenetly sortout that problem soon...thanks namithe!!!

  13. Thanks Jimmy, Gilu and Kavi....
    @Kavi : Let me know after you try it out

  14. Nice.. I use a few drops of lemon juice instead of tamarind

  15. Hai.......

    I like this Pappu Curry......
    This is really Andhra Recipe.......
    Thanks for share....

  16. Your blog looking very good and your blog provides different types of curry techniques.I much like 'Parippu/Pappu curry',It is very tasty and cooking recipes very easy.Thanking you providing the information.


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