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Tomato Pappu Recipe

Tomato Pappu is a popular Indian Side Dish
Author :
On :
Thursday, 21 July, 2016
Category :
Vegetarian Recipe
Course :
Side Dish Recipe
Cuisine :
Indian Recipe
Technique :
Slow Cook Recipe
Difficulty :
Servings :
Serves 4
Rated 4 based on 100 votes


  • 500 g - Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup - Toor Dal (soaked in water for 1 hour)
  • 1 tsp - Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp - Red Chilli powder
  • 90 g -onions (finely chopped)
  • 4 - Green chillies (slit into half and seeded)
  • salt
  • For tempering:
  • 1/4 cup - clarified Butter
  • 3/4 tsp - Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp - Cumin seeds
  • 8 flakes - Garlic (crushed)
  • 4 - whole Red Chillies
  • 12- Curry leaves
  • How to Make Tomato Pappu:

    1. Add dal, tomatoes, turmeric, red chilli powder, onions and green chillies in a pan.
    2. Bring to a boil, remove the scum, reduce to low heat, simmer, stirring at regular intervals until the lentils are mashed.
    3. Continue to simmer.
    4. To prepare the tempering, heat ghee in frying pan, add mustard and cumin seeds. Stir on medium heat until they begin to pop.
    5. Add garlic and stir-fry until golden brown.
    6. Then add red chillies and curry leaves, stir until the chillies becomes bright red and pour over the simmering dal. Remove and add seasoning.


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