BM #107 Week 2 Day 1 - 

This week I shall highlight some everyday dishes from my home state of Andhra Pradesh. This version of tomato pappu is a no-onion no-garlic recipe and this is how my mom makes this even today. I am surprised that I have not posted it so far.

My mom freshly grinds coriander and Cumin seeds and adds it to the dal. Also she grinds curry leaves, coriander leaves and green chilies and mixes into the dal to avoid those nutritious leaves to be discarded while eating :). I have also adopted the same procedure but sometimes I change it based on my mood.

Recipe Source amma
Ingredients - 

Tomato chopped 1 cups or more
Toor Dal (Kandi Pappu)  1 cup
Salt as per taste
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Green Chillies 3-4 (or as per taste)
Red Chili Powder 2 pinches
Dhania Jeera Powder 1 tsp
Fenugreek Powder a pinch or Kasuri Methi 2 pinches 
Tamarind Extract 1 Tbsp
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Urad dal 1 tsp, Jeera (Cumin seeds) 1 tsp, Hing couple pinches, Curry leaves few)
Coriander leaves chopped for garnish

Method Of Preparation -

Wash the toor dal and pressure cook  the dal for about 10-12 minutes adding salt, turmeric, green chilies and about 3 cups of water.

After the pressure is released, heat a pan to prepare the seasoning.

After the mustard seeds pop, add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they are soft and mushy. 

Transfer the cooked dal into the simmering tomato mixture. Add in the tamarind extract, kasuri methi, dhania jeera powder and red chili powder. Mix well and let the dal simmer for a couple minutes.

Remove from heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves before serving.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 6-7
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, December 10, 2019


  1. Simple soul food. Yummy.

  2. Comforting dish always! Simple and soothing for our tummy!

  3. Pavani Says:
  4. Your tomato pappu is slightly different from how my mom makes. Kasoori methi and dhania jeera powder are delicious additions - will have to try this next time. Love the tips of grinding the greens before adding.

  5. sushma Says:
  6. Yummy....comfort food for me. Adding little aavakaya pachadi to tomato pappu and rice is heaven for me. Good one.

  7. Narmadha Says:
  8. Such a simple and comfort bowl of tomato pappu. Would love to eat with rice or Idli

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