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Recipe Text


    • ·Pigeon Peas – 1 Cup (100ml Cup)
    • ·Fenugreek Leaves – 30gms
    • ·Tamarind – Marble Sized
    • ·Fenugreek Seeds – 3 Seeds
    • ·Black Gram – 2tsps
    • ·Mustard Seeds – 1tsp
    • ·Cumin Seeds – 1tsp
    • ·Red Chili Powder – 1tsp
    • ·Turmeric Powder – 1/4tsp
    • ·Salt to Taste
    • ·Asafoetida – A Pinch
    • ·Oil – 4tsps

    (Online Conversion utility to convert Gms to Cups & Temperatures etc)


    Take pigeon peas in a bowl and wash them. Add water to the dal and cook in a pressure cooker. When the pressure is developed in the pressure cooker low the flame and cook for 15 minutes. When the dal is done take it out of the pressure cooker. Take tamarind in a microwave safe bowl and add some water. Put this bowl of tamarind in a microwave oven and microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Cool and grind the tamarind to a fine paste in a mixie. Take the fenugreek leaves and chop them. Take the chopped fenugreek leaves in a microwave safe bowl and add some water. Microwave the fenugreek leaves on high power for one minute.


    Take the cooked dal and add the cooked fenugreek leaves, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Heat a pan and add oil to it. When oil is hot add fenugreek seeds followed by black gram. Fry till the seeds change color to golden brown. Then add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Fry till the seeds splutter. Then add asafoetida and mix well. Now add the cooked dal along with the spices and fenugreek leaves. Add some water to bring the dal to right consistency. Now add the salt & tamarind paste and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot with plain rice.

    Points to Notice:

    By now you might have observed that all dal preparations have almost the same ingredients. But when you taste the dals each dal has its own taste. That taste comes from the vegetable/green vegetable that we are using. Green sorrel vegetable is sour to taste whereas amaranth is bland. So we use tamarind or mango to bring the sourness while preparing dal with amaranth leaves. In some dal preparations we will not add any sour things as they taste better even if they are bland. Example BACHHALIKOORA PAPPU—it tastes better as it is—KAMMAGA UNTUNDI. So, you see, there is taste in each vegetable which nature provides us. Try making new dishes with all the vegetables available and enjoy the health benefits which we get from them. 

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    rajesh said...

    Gyatri garu i've seen your you tube video on making menthi koora pappu...

    it is vey useful to me....

    thank you...

    i'm living in usa doing ms your site is great and helpful to me...

    in coocking my food...

    August 29, 2010 8:19 PM
    vanitha said...

    hello gayatri garu
    iam going to try this menthikura pappu.thanq so much for ur receipes.these are quite useful for me.


    January 10, 2010 9:31 AM

    Blogger parvathi said...

    Hai Gayatri garu,

    Just was causally seeing Youtube and saw your videos and tried many of the receipes . They all came out well and my family liked it and enjoyed it. Thank you for providing us such a wonderful receipes

    nenu me website lo vatalu choosthanu. Thanks for all your vantalu.

    January 11, 2010 9:15 PM

    Blogger shrikant said...

    Hi Gayathri Garu
    Nice ideology on why u want to stick to telugu. Appreciate it. Was referred to ur site by a friend. I am new in US for 3 months and am a forced bachelor burning my fingers in Kitchen now. So, hopefully should be able to make full use of your generosity in posting recipes online. Good work and all the best.
    Shrikant from Hyderabad, currently in Charlotte.

    January 13, 2010 2:08 AM

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