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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Uppu Paruppu/ Simple Dal

Today I am posting a simple dal recipe. It is Uppu Paruppu. Split Pigeon peas/ Toor dal is cooked and tempering is added to it. That is all. It is very simple and easy to make, also it is Vegan. My kids love this dal when served with rice and dollop of ghee. Not only them, even I love too. It is just very comforting. 

What are the ingredients needed?

To pressure cook
Toor Dal/ Tuvaram paruppu/ Split Pigeon Peas (split red gram), 3/4 cup
Oil, 1 teaspoon
Turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon
Garlic, 4-5 cloves
Tomato, 1 no (optional)
Water, 1 1/2 cups

To temper
Oil, 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds/ kadugu, 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds/ Jeeragam, 1/2 teaspoon
Red chillies, 2 nos
Onion, 1/2 (thinly sliced)
Curry leaves, 1 sprig
Asafoetida/hing/ perungayum, a pinch
Salt, to taste
Cilantro, to garnish

How it is made?
  1. Wash the Dal and pressure cook it along with the ingredients listed under 'to pressure cook'. Then wait till the pressure releases and mash them well.
  2. Then heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and then add red chillies, onions and curry leaves, asafoetida and fry for a minute or two till  onion turn translucent.
  3. To this add the mashed dal, mix well, salt to taste and turn off the heat. If needed, add little water to dilute the consistency, otherwise no need.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve it with rice. 
  • Instead of red onions, you can use pearl onions (about 7-8 nos, de-skinned &sliced)
  • You can also use green chillies instead of red chillies


  1. Who says a yummy n healthy food has to be complex to cook??!!! Look at the simplicity here n nutritional values are on top... My favorite dal, Divya :)

  2. Simple and delicious dal. This dal with some rice and ghee is just awesome.

  3. simple and comforting. Lip smacking snaps that makes me hungry right now.

  4. awesome paruppu da :) very tempting and makes me drool :) hot rice ghee and paruppu with appalam yummm

  5. with ghee and rice no chance to beat that one.super akka

  6. That's my idea of a comfort food.. Loved the bright colored dal :)

  7. Love to have this dal anytime..are you from coimbatore ? because they call it as uppu paruppu...looks so yumm...tempting clicks Divya..

  8. simple but yummy..heavenly...

  9. Wow, wat a comforting food, seems this dal have loads of name,we call it as milagai killi sambar.

  10. most comfort and delicious meal which i love most, love its color n looks inviting...good one!

  11. Simple, healthy and tasty too. Love it!


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