Simple Toor Dal Gravy : Pappu Pulusu

I never knew I was a foodie, till I left home to pursue a career. Being away from home and from homemade food made me realise, like all others before me, how much I loved and missed homemade Indian food.

I have started this blog in an attempt to share the recipes which I have gathered, tried and tested and learnt from my mom and mom-in-law.

Born in Tamil Nadu, brought up in Karnataka, married to a wonderful person from Vijayawada, and currently living in US has given me immense opportunities to taste different cusines. Each as diverse as the culture from which it comes from……

Let me start with a simple dal recipe which has been in my family for ages….

Toor Dal – 1 cup
Dry Red Chillies – 4 to 5
Tomato – 1 small one cut into small cubes
Onion – 1 small one cut into small cubes
Garlic – 4 medium flakes
Tamarind – Appr. half a lemon size
Turmeric – a pinch
Water – 2 1/3 cups
Oil – A couple of tablespoons
For Seasoning, Curry leaves + Vadiyam(Vadagam) or Mustard seeds and Jeera

Pressure cook Toor dal, Dry Red Chillies, Tomato, Onion, Garlic with a pinch of Turmeric and a drop of oil. Add tamarind water and let the curry simmer for 5 minutes. Finish off with a seasoning of curry leaves , mustard leaves and jeera or use vadiyam(vadagam).
This recipe is so simple and so comforting on a rainy day. To me, its more than just a simple dal curry, its a concotion of warm, loving memories.