Pappu Pulusu

Pappu pulusu is also one of those varieties which I have been introduced to only recently. For me, pulusu always meant sambar. But after tasting pappu pulusu I realized that they are to different flavors each in its own way, comforting.

The bottom line is it is a medley of vegetables, lentils in tamarind gravy which tastes heavenly when served with steaming hot rice accompanied by papad.

So here is the version of pappu pulusu shared by my friend for day 6, week 2 of BM #27.

Ingredients - 

Toor Dal/ Kandi Pappu 1 cup
Mixed Vegetables (Carrots, Beans, Radish, Tomatoes, Drumstick etc) chopped 2 cups
Tamarind medium lemon size
Green Chillies 2-3 (or as needed)
Pearl Onions 6-7 (Optional)
Salt as needed
Jaggery, powdered 1 tsp (or more as needed)
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Fenugreek Seeds a pinch, Asafoetida 2 pinches, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Red Chillies 1-2, Curry Leaves few)
Coriander leaves for garnish

Pappu Pulusu

Method Of Preparation -

Pressure cook toor dal, mash and set aside.

Extract the tamarind pulp and set aside.

In a heavy bottomed pan, boil the vegetables, pearl onions and slit green chillies in 3-4 cups of water. Sprinkle turmeric as well.

After the vegetables are tender, mix the mashed dal, tamarind pulp, salt, red chilli powder and powdered jaggery.

Adjust the flavors as needed and let the mixture simmer for 8-10 min.

Prepare the seasoning by heating oil and adding the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop, immediately transfer the seasoning into the simmering pulusu mixture.

Simmer for a couple more minutes and remove from heat and cover.

Serve hot with Rice and Papadam for a comforting meal.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#27.

Preparation Time 40 min
Serves 5-6
Posted by Harini R on Sunday, April 14, 2013


  1. Mix vegetable looks so delicious and mouthwatering.

  2. Suma Gandlur Says:
  3. I love it any day and prefer it over sambhar. This is what I grew up eating every day. And I literally hated eating sambhar when I had to, after my wedding since I was not accustomed to the sambhar powder. Now I have a come a long way and prepare sambhar everyday. :)

  4. Looks like yummy Sambhar..

  5. Srivalli Says:
  6. That's a nice one Harini, even when I was going through the traditional ones, tamilans make so many different paruppu kolambu..nice to know there are so many for us to try!

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. Drooling pulusu,with loads of veggies pulusu looks inviting.

  9. Comforting pappu pulusu,looks delicious and tempting..

  10. divya Says:
  11. wow! so tempting..

  12. seems like a thinner version of the sambhar minus the roasted masalas, i can imagine the flavors are different and probably lighter

  13. preeti garg Says:
  14. Super tempting and tasty and I love this type oof lentil take as soup...

  15. Rajani S Says:
  16. A different version of sambar, right? Looks good and would pair very well with rice....

  17. Pavani Says:
  18. What a delicious looking pappu Pulusu, looks comforting and delicious.

  19. Manju Says:
  20. Perfect pulusu, I use to try like this for sambar sometimes for a quick version.

  21. veena Says:
  22. This looks very nice...adding to my bookmark list!!

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