PESARA KATTU

INGREDIENTS

Moong dal – 1cup[ pressure cook with 3 cups of water]

Onions – 2 cut into 2 pieces

Green chillies – 4 slit

Tomatoes – 4 cut into 4 pieces

Bottle gourd pieces – 15 pieces [ optional]

Salt – 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Finely chopped ginger – 1 1/2 tsp

Lemon juice – 4tbsp

Water – 4 1/2 cups

TALIMPU

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp

Garlic – 8 cloves mashed

Dry red chilli pieces – 8

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  1. Wash and boil moong dal with 3 cups of water. Cook on high flame for 1 whistle.
  2. Reduce flame to low and cook for 7 to 8 minutes and switch off the flame.
  3. Allow the pressure to release and blend it to a paste. Add onions ,green chillies, bottle gourd pieces, tomatoes ,salt , mashed ginger, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
  4. Add 3 cups of water and pressure cook on high flame till you get 1 whistle.
  5. Reduce the flame to low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes and switch off the flame.
  6. Allow the pressure to release. Heat oil and ghee in a kadai.
  7. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter and add all the remaning ingredients one by one.
  8. Fry for few seconds and pour the boiled dal mixture over the talimpu.
  9. Cover with lid for 5 seconds. Remove the lid and add 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of water and lemon juice.
  10. Bring to boil on medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes and switch off the flame.

SENAGAPAPPU PULUSU

INGREDIENTS

Senagapappu [chana dal]- 1/2 cup (soak for 1/2 an hour and cook with 2 cups of water.)

Onion – 2 medium size cut into 2 pieces

Green chillies – 4 slit

Finely chopped ginger – 1 1/2 tsp [mashed]

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 2 tsp

Jaggery – 1/3 cup [ adjust according to your taste ]

Tamarind juice – 3 to 4 tbsp [semi thick juice]

Water – 2 cups

Salt – 1 1/2 tsp

TALIMPU

Oil – 2tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Dry red chilli pieces – 4

Garlic – 4 mashed

Curry leaves – few

*This recipe was handed over to me by my Mother-in-Law.

METHOD

  1. Boil the soaked senagapappu with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 8 minutes.
  2. When the pressure releases mash it to a coarse paste.
  3. Add 2 cups of water, onions, green chillies, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, mashed ginger, salt, tamarind juice and jaggery.
  4. Mix well and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles. Switch off the flame and let the pressure release.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter and add all the remaning ingredients one by one.
  6. Fry for few seconds and add the cooked pulusu over the talimpu.
  7. Mix well and bring it to boil. Adjust the seasoning and cook on medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes.

DAPPALAM

INGREDIENTS

Gummadi kaya pieces – 20 big chunks

Drum sticks – 20 pieces

Jaggery – 1 cup [adjust according to your taste]

Red chilli powder – 3 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Tamarind juice – 3/4 cup

Green chillies – 2 slit

Water – 12 to 13 cups

Salt to taste

Rice flour – 4tbsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/4 cup

TALIMPU

Oil – 3 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp

Dry red chilli pieces – 15

Mashed garlic cloves – 15 to 20

Curry leaves – generous amount

METHOD

  1. Take a large kadai, add all the ingredients expect rice flour and coriander leaves and mix well.
  2. Cook on high flame till the gummadi kaya pieces are cooked. At this time, check out seasonings.
  3. In a small bowl, mix rice flour with 1/2 cup of water and pour it over the boiling pulusu.
  4. Mix well and add coriander leaves and let it boil for 2 minutes.
  5. For talimpu, heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter and add all the remaning ingredients one by one .
  6. Fry for few seconds and pour it over the pulusu and keep covered for 30 seconds.
  7. Open the lid and boil for 3 to 4 minutes and switch of the flame. Serve with rice and mudda pappu.

SUGGESTIONS

If you want cook faster you can put all the ingredients expect rice flour and coriander leaves in a pressurse cooker.

Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles on high flame. Remaning procedure is same.

In karthika masam you can avoid garlic for puja purpose.

MAJJIGA PULUSU

INGREDIENTS

Curd – 6 cups [room temperature]

Water – 1 1/2 to 2 cups

Besan – 2 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/4 cup

Pressure cook the below ingredients for 2 whistles Allow the pressure to go out and cool it. Keep it aside.

Drum stick pieces – 20

Bottled gourd pieces – 25 pieces large pieces [ remove pith]

Onion – 2 large cut into 4 pieces

Green chillies – 4 slit

Tomatoes – 2 cut into 4 pieces

water – 1cup

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Wash and soak the below ingredients for 2 hours and grind it to a paste

Green chillies – 2

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Moong dal – 3 tsp

Coriander seeds – 4 tsp

Dry red chillies – 2

Rice – 2 tsp

Moong dal – 3tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

TALIMPU

Oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Garlic – 6 cloves mashed

Dry red chillies – 12 pieces

Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – generous amount

METHOD

  1. Take a small bowl. Mix besan with 2 to 3 tbsp of water. Mix well and keep it aside.
  2. Take a large cooking pan, add curd and whisk well. Add water, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, grinded masala paste and besan mixture.
  3. Whisk well and prepare smooth butter milk. Then add cooled pressure cooked pieces and mix well.
  4. Cook the butter milk mixture on high flame. Make sure to stir continuously.
  5. When the butter milk starts boiling, add chopped coriander leaves. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes till the raw smell of the masala fades away.
  6. Switch off the flame, add salt and mix well. Keep it aside. Dont cover.
  7. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add all the remaning ingredients one by one and fry for few seconds. Pour it over the boiled majjiga.
  8. Immediately cover with plate for 10 seconds. Open the lid and mix well. Check out the seasonings.
  9. Serve with podi pappu and rice.
SUGGESTIONS

When majjiga pulusu is hot, don’t cover it with lid.

You can add vegetables like pumpkin, okra and carrots.

CHILAGADA DUMPALA PULUSU

INGREDIENTS

Chilagada dumpalu- 4 medium size

Drum sticks – 8 pieces

Finely chopped onions – 3 cups

Green chillies – 3 slited

Tamarind paste- 2 tbsp

Grated jaggery – 1/3 cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Red chilli powder- 2 tbsp

Water -2 1/2 cups

TALIMPU

Oil- 1/4 cup

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/8 tsp

Garlic – 4 cloves mashed

Broken red chillies – 5 pieces

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  1. Wash and peel chilagada dumpalu. Cut dumpalu into big circles and add it into a bowl filled with water.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard seeds, let them splutter. Then add all talimpu ingredients one by one. Fry for 30 seconds. Add finely chopped onions and green chillies.
  3. Mix well and add salt and turmeric powder. Cover and cook on low flame till onions turns into light pink colour.
  4. Add chilakada dumpalu. Mix and cover and cook on low flame for 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Add red chilli powder. Mix throughly. Add jaggery and tamarind paste.
  6. Cover and cook on low flame till jaggery melts. Add drum stick pieces and water .
  7. Bring it to a boil. At this stage check out salt, sweet and sourness. Close lid and pressure cook on high flame till the first whistle.
  8. Cook on low flame for 2 minutes. Switch off the flame. Allow the pressure to release on its own and then open the cooker. Mix well and serve with mudda pappu and rice.

PAPPULUSU

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Pappulusu is a simple stew made with toor dal. It is a staple in andhra homes and can be considered a spice less version of sambhar.

INGREDIENTS

Toor dal (kandipappu) – 1 cup (pressure cooked and mashed)

Tomato – 3 (medium size, cut into quarters)

Onions – 1 (large size, cut into quarters)

Green chillies – 5 (slit length wise)

Ginger – 1 inch piece (crushed)

Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Tamarind – lemon sized ball (extract juice)

Salt to taste

Butter – 1tsp

Bottle gourd – 8 to 10 pieces peeled and cut into big size pieces

Curry leaves – few

Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp

TALIMPU

Ghee – 1 tsp

Oil – 1 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/3 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/3 tsp

Garlic – 7 to 8 crushed

Broken red chillies – 5 to 6

Curry leaves – few

Sambhar powder – 1/4 tsp (optional) – check out my previous post

METHOD

  • In a pressure cooker, add mashed dal. Add all the remaning ingredients expect butter. Add 3 cups of water and bring to boil. Then add butter.
  • Check out the seasonings. Close the lid, cook on high flame for up to 2 whistles.
  • Reduce flame and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Switch off the flame. Allow the pressure cooker to cool down on its own. Open the lid and mix thoroughly.
  • Check out the pappulusu. If pappulusu is thick add more water.
  • Talimpu:  Pre heat oil and ghee in a pan. Add garlic and fry for few seconds. Add mustard seeds and fry for few seconds.
  • Then add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds. Let it fry  for a few seconds. Add red chillies and sambhar powder. Fry for 1 to 2 seconds.
  • Immediately, add curry leaves. Pour the boiled dal mixture into the talimpu and cover it for few seconds.
  • Remove the cover,  add finely chopped coriander leaves. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Keep covered until served. Serve hot with hot steamed rice with vadiyalu or appadam.