Kandi pappu [toor dal] – 1/2cup [soak 1 hour]

Medium size tomatoes – 3 cut into cubes

Medium size onion – 1 cut into pieces

Green chillies – 4 slit

Water – 2 cups

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/2tsp

Salt – 1 1/2tsp


Ghee – 1tbsp

Oil – 1tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Mashed garlic – 4

Dry red chillies – 4 pieces

Curry leaves – few


  1. Wash kandi pappu well. Take a pressure cooker and add kandi pappu, chopped tomatoes, , chopped onions , water and green chillies.
  2. Boil on high flame till the first whistle. Adjust flame to low and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Switch off the flame and allow the pressure to release. Open lid and add turmeric powder, salt and red chilli powder.
  4. Lightly mash dal and adjust the consistency of dal according to your taste by adding water.
  5. For talimpu, heat oil and ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  6. Add all the remaning ingredients one by one and fry for few seconds and pour the cooked dal over talimpu.
  7. Mix well for 2 minutes and switch off the flame.
  8. Serve with rice and roti. You can add lemon juice or tamarind juice.



Kandi pappu [ toor dal ] – cup

Oil – 1tbsp

Coriander seeds – 1/4 cup

Cumin seeds – 1tbs

Dry red chilli pieces- 1cup

Curry leaves- 1/2 cup

Salt – 1 1/2tbsp

Garlic 1/4 cup mashed


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add kandi pappu. Roast till the dal turns into brown colour and aromatic.
  2. Then, add coriander seeds, red chillies and curry leaves. Fry on low flame till the coriander seeds turn into light brown colour.
  3. Switch off the flame and add cumin seeds. Mix well and let them cool.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a grinder jar and add salt. Grind it to a powder.
  5. Lastly, add mashed garlic and grind it one more time till the garlic blends well.
  6. Store it in a glass jar. Serve with hot rice and a dollop of ghee.



Allam [ginger]- 1/3 cup peeled and cut into chunks

Green chillies – 17 to 20 cut into 2 pieces [ adjust to your spice level ]

Roasted chana dal – 3/4 cup

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp

Curry leaves – 1/3 cup loosely packed

Mashed garlic – 8 cloves

Jaggery – 1/3 cup

Oil – 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Tamarind – small lemon size

Water – 3/4 cup to 1 cup for grinding

This recipe was given to me by my househelp – Bhavani


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add allam [ginger] pieces and cumin seeds .Fry on medium flame for 3 minutes.
  2. Then, add coriander seeds and fry for 1 minute. Add mashed garlic.
  3. Fry on low flame for 1 minute. Add green chillies and curry leaves. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes and add roasted chana dal.
  4. Fry on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Switch off the flame and cool it. Transfer it to the grinder jar.
  5. Add salt, jaggery and tamarind. Grind it to a paste using water.
  6. Adjust seasoning. Adjust water for grinding according to the consistency you prefer



Nuvvulu – 1cup

Water – 1tbsp

Oil – 1/2 tsp

Chana dal – 1tbsp

Urad dal – 1tbsp

Coriander seeds – 1tbsp

Broken red dry red chilli pieces- 1/2 cup

Curry leaves – 1/4 cup

Mashed garlic – 8

Salt – 1tbsp


  1. Mix 1tbsp of water with nuvvulu and keep it aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add chana dal and urad dal. Fry on low flame till it becomes light golden brown.
  3. Then, add coriander seeds and fry for 1 minute. Add red chillies and curry leaves.
  4. Fry on low flame till the red chillies becomes crisp. Switch off the flame and add cumin seeds .
  5. Mix well. Keep it aside and let it cool. Dry roast nuvvulu on low flame till they start popping and becomes golden in colour.
  6. Cool it and keep it aside. Transfer the dry masala to a grinder jar and add salt. Grind it to a powder.
  7. Then, add nuvvulu and grind it to a powder. Lastly, add crushed garlic and grind 2 more times.
  8. Check out salt and transfer to a glass bottle. Goes well with idly and rice with dollop of ghee.



Varipindi [ rice flour ] – 2 cups

Curd – 1 1/2 cup for mixing rice flour [sour curd]

Onion – 4 medium size cut into cubes

Green chillies – 8

Finely chopped ginger – 2 tbsp

Finely chopped curry leaved – few

Salt to taste

Cooking soda – a big pinch

Oil for deep frying


  1. Mash ginger and green chillies in a mortar and pestle to a coarse paste.
  2. Take a bowl. Add rice flour, onions, curry leaves, salt, cooking soda, ginger and green chilli paste.
  3. Mix well. Gradually, add curd and mix well and keep it aside.
  4. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 to 2 tbsp of curd.
  5. Heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot enough regulate flame to medium.
  6. Take a small amount of dough and make small pakodi with your fingers and slide them gently in the oil.
  7. Fry them on medium flame till they are golden brown. Be patient and use medium heat. Otherwise, the pakodis will fry on the outside and remain raw on the inside.
  8. Fry them till they become crisp and golden.
  9. Using slotted spoon remove pakodi from the oil and place them on a kitchen napkin to remove excess oil.
  10. Continue to make more pakodis in batches with the rest of the dough.
  11. Serve hot with chinthakaya pachadi.



Senaga pappu- 1/2 cup soaked for two hours

Water – 3 cups

Salt – 1tsp

Finely chopped onions- 2 cups loosely packed

Green chillies – 4 slit

Milk – 3/4 cup

Clove powder – a pinch

Turmeric powder – 1/2tsp

Talimpu [tempering]

Oil – 1/3cup

Cumin seeds – 1/2tsp

Garlic – 4 mashed

Dry red chillies – 4 pieces

Curry leaves – few


  1. Boil soaked chana dal with 3 cups of water. Dal should be soft and not mushy.
  2. Drain and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  3. Add all the remaning ingredients one by one and fry for few seconds.
  4. Add finely chopped onions, green chillies, salt, and turmeric powder.
  5. Cover and cook on low flame till the onions becomes translucent.
  6. Mix in intervals. Add drained chana dal and cover and cook on low flame.
  7. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes and add a pinch of clove powder and mix well.
  8. Reduce flame to high flame and add 3/4 cup milk. Continuously mix well otherwise the milk will curdle.
  9. Cook till the milk evaporates and the oil in the curry floats on sides.
  10. Switch off the flame. Serve with rice.