Friday, November 13, 2009

Tomato Pappu

The tomato is a herbaceous.They contain lycopene,one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.Though tomato is a subset of fruit,because of nutritious value it's
categorized as a vegetable.The lentil is of a legume family.A variety of lentils exists with different colors.Lentils contain high levels of proteins and are one of the best sources of iron.It's an important part of vegetarian diet.
In Andhra,we all are Pappu lovers.We make numerous varieties of Lentils.So many vegetables are individually combined to make the delicious Dal.My mom makes Dals every single day from our childhood.We would take Spinach Dal with rice most of the times to school and college and other varieties of Dals too.Mom always says green leafy vegetable is good ,so even now every day she buys leafy vegetable and makes Dal.My younger one is a fan of Dal and to say even my sister-in-law is a Dal lover.My in-laws would say that if  anyday they didn't cook Dal ,she would go to their neighbours house and get Dal from their house and eat.My younger daughter asks me Dal everyday.If her grandparents ask her what you ate today ,she answer's Pappu Aam(Dal Rice),even though she had something else.It's fun.

! Tomatoes                    2
! Tuvar Dal                   3/4 Cup
! Red Chilli Powder           2 tsps.
! Turmeric Powder             1 tsp.
! Oil                         1 tbsp.
! Mustard Seeds               1 tsp.
! Cumin Seeds                 1 tsp.
! Urad Dal                    2 tsps.
! Red Chillies                4

! Curry Leaves                few
! Asofoetida                  1/2 tsp.
! Salt                        as per taste
! Fenugreek Seeds             4 seeds
  • Wash and rinse tuvar dal and pour enough water(little above the lentils).Now wash tomatoes thoroughly and cut them into small bite size pieces.
  • Mix them with tuvar dal and add turmeric powder and red chilli powder.Cover with a lid and put it in the pressure cooker.
  • When the steam starts from the cooker put on the weight and let 4 whistles to blow.Turn off the heat and let all the steam come out and cool down.
  • Now open the pressure cooker and take out the vessel.Slowly take out the tomatoes into another bowl.With a masher(pappu gutthi) lightly press the cooked dal to smooth consistency and also mash tomatoes too till pulpy.
  • Now for seasoning,Heat little oil in a pan and add urad dal.Let it turn slight golden color then add mustard seeds,cumin seeds,fenugreek seeds.Let the mustard seeds splatter.Add red chillies,asofoetida and curry leaves.
  • Add mashed tomato pulp and Stir.Then add mashed cooked dal to it and give a stir.
  • In the end season with salt and give a good stir.Let it come to a boil and turn off the heat.
  • Serve Tomato dal with White Rice.

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