Saturday, July 2, 2011


Paqppu Charu Recipe @

Famous lentil gravy from Andhra Pradesh, a state situated on south eastern coast of India.  Pappu charu is a milder version of lentil gravy, done without sambar powder. Vegetables like eggplant, drumstick, radish,  sweet potato , pumpkin and carrot can be added to this gravy.

This fantastic dish has a  tangy and less spicy than other lentil stew  but nevertheless it is excellent combo with dosa, idli or even rice.

Serves    4

1 C  toor dhal cooked
1  onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
2 green chili
2 dry chili
1  tsp chili powder
1  tsp cumin seed
1  tsp mustard seed
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp hing
2 C  tamarind juice using 2 TB  tamarind
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2  tsp  garlic paste
1/2  tsp  ginger paste
2 sprigs of coriander leaves
salt to taste
1 TB oil
C =  cup   TB  =  tablespoon

Paqppu Charu Recipe @


Extract tamarind juice using 2 tablespoons of tamarind with 2 cups of water.

 Heat the oil, add in mustard seed, when it crackles add the cumin, green chili, onion, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves, hing, dry chili and salt.

Add in tomato, cook until soft. Now add the turmeric and chili powder, fry until fragrant.

Mix in the cooked dhal, 2 cups water  and tamarind juice, bring to boil. .

Sprinkle with coriander leaves and remove from heat. Serve hot.

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Sushma Mallya said...

Looks delicious ..perfect with rice:)

Santosh Bangar said...

simple and iteresting recipe

Santosh Bangar said...

simple and iteresting recipe

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

This looks fantastic and so delish!!

Unknown said...

Absolutely love your recipe :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Loved the gravy. Looks very colorful.

Hamaree Rasoi

Prema said...

yummy and delicious charru...thanks for shsring.

Kim said...

ooooo this is a wonderful evening meal! btw, i bought tamarind the other day just to eat...haha i know it's very bitter...and now i am seeing it in people's recipes!

Urmi said...

Wonderful and interesting recipe.Looks delicious and yummy.

Lifewithspices said...

yumm charu my all time fav..

Radhika said...

great to have with Rice.

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Priya Suresh said...

Comforting and delicious pappu charu,yumm!

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Sounds tangy & yummy, looks fantastic!

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

simple and comforting dal.looks flavourful

Indian Khana said...

Looks yum ...perfect with hot steamed rice

Lipsy said...

Finally i know what charu is!!!My hubby always told me how he use to relish charu and rice brought by one of his friends in school tiffin
I am gonna surprise him tommorow with this yummy recipe!!

Tiffany said...

Sucha great way to eat lentils!

Hester aka The Chef Doc said...

Pappu Charu is right up my alley with all the ingredients in it! I can just imagine the flavors right now :-) Thanks for sharing this!

Joanne said...

That gravy sounds delicious!

Madhu said...

My grand mom used to make this. You brought back so many memories :)

Trying To Be Muslim.. said...

mcm stew pun ada, gravy yang ada sour2 ni Ayu suke.......mostly with lempeng la....:)

cik cek said...

Salam Treat n TRick...

kak cek memang penggemar menu masakan India...mesti sedap menu masakan ni kan...leh jugak kak cek try nanti...:)

Medeja- CranberryJam said...

Hmm.I think toor dal is the kind of dal that is missing in my kitchen :)anyway, looks like a really nice dish!

Torviewtoronto said...

dal curry looks wonderful and healthy

Rosita Vargas said...

I had heard of this dish is delicious I love lentils, big hugs

The Lazy Gastronome said...

I love the flavors of Indian food! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - hope your week has been great and we see you again tomorrow!