BM #138 Week 2 Day 1 - 

This week I shall highlight some of my favorite recipes using Green Vegetables. The spotlight is on Chinta Chiguru (Tender tamarind leaves). This dal was a classic preparation in my maternal grandparent's place. The combination of chinta chiguru and raw mango is absolutely divine. 

Thinking about Tender tamarind leaves brings back so many childhood memories at my maternal grandparents place. Even as I was cooking the dal at home, my mind was far away - went back a few decades, to a different place and time surrounded with so many memories.

I was fortunate that my mom could pre treat these tender tamarind leaves for me when they were freshly available for them in their local market over the spring. I have since stored them in my freezer to extend their shelf life.

Recipe Source amma
Ingredients - 

*Tender Tamarind Leaves / Chinta Chiguru chopped 1 cup
Toor Dal (Kandi Pappu)  1 cup
Raw Mango peeled and diced 1/2 cup
Salt as per taste
Jaggery marble sized (Optional)
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Green Chillies 3-4 (or as per taste)
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Urad dal 1 tsp, Jeera (Cumin seeds) 1 tsp, Hing couple pinches, 1 dried red chilli, curry leaves)

*If you have access to fresh tender tamarind leaves, gently separate the tender leaves from the tougher ones, wash and chop them. But I got the dried, pre-treated with salt and turmeric version from my mom. I have been sparingly and fondly using them as needed. :)

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and boil Toor Dal either in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Set aside.

Heat a sauce pan and add oil and rest of the seasoning ingredients. Wait until the mustard seeds splutter and the urad dal is brown. 

Add the raw mango bits, chopped green chilies, turmeric, salt, jaggery (if using) and about 1/2 cup of the pre-treated tender tamarind leaves.

Add about a cup of water, cover and let the vegetables cook through.

Let the dal simmer for couple of minutes and serve over hot rice and ghee.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 5-6


  1. Rafeeda AR Says:
  2. I have never heard of tamarind greens. I love adding greens into dal, always the best idea to have it. Really simple and delicious...

  3. Radha Says:
  4. The flavors in this pappu sounds absolutely divine. The tamarind leaves and mango reminds me of the flavors I enjoyed back home. Yummy dal!

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