Kandi pappu [toor dal] – 1/2 cup

Tomatoes – 3 medium size cut into 4 pieces

Water – 4 cups

Tamarind juice – 1/3 cup

Salt – 1 1/2 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 2 tbsp

Curry leaves – few

*for masala powder

Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp

Black pepper corns – 2 tbsp

Chana dal – 2tbsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

Garlic – 6 to 8 cloves

Dry red chillies – 4 [adjust according to your spice level]

*For talimpu

Ghee – 1tsp

Oil – 1tsp

Finely chopped onion – 1 small size

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp

Garlic – 4 cloves mashed

Dry red chillies – 4

Curry leaves – few

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp


  1. Wash kandi pappu and pressure cook with tomatoes and 2 cups of water till soft.
  2. Allow the pressure to release naturally and blend it to a fine paste.
  3. Add 2 cups of water, turmeric powder, few curry leaves, salt and tamarind water.
  4. Bring it to a boil. Meanwhile in a grinder jar, add chana dal, black peppercorns, cumin seeds and coriander seeds.Grind to a powder.
  5. Then, add garlic and red chillies. Grind it to a coarse powder.
  6. Dilute the powder with water and pour it over the boiling dal.
  7. Bring it to boil on medium flame till the raw smell of the masala fades away.[6 to 7 minutes ]
  8. Add finely chopped coriander leaves and check out the seasoning.
  9. For talimpu, heat ghee and oil in a pan. Add finely chopped onions.
  10. Fry for a minute. Then, add all the remaning ingredients one by one.
  11. Fry for a minute and then add asafoetida and fry for 5 seconds. Add this talimpu to the prepared rasam.
  12. Boil for 5 more minutes on medium flame and switch off the flame.
  13. Serve hot with rice and papad.



For the curry

Soya granules – 1cup

Finely sliced onion -1

Ghee – 1tbsp

Oil – 1tbsp

Chopped mint leaves – 1/3 cup

Chopped coriander leaves – 1/3 cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1tbsp

Pulav masala – 1 tsp

Salt- 1/2 tbsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp

Curd – 1cup

*For rice

Basmathi rice – 2cups

Water – 2 1/2 cups

Salt -1 tsp

Star anise – 1

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1inch piece

Cardamom – 2

Shahjeera – 1tsp

Finely chopped mint leaves – 1tbsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1tbsp

Green chillies -4 slit

Ghee – 1tbsp

*For garnishing

Fried onions – 2 tbsp

Safforn – 1/4 tsp [ soak in 3 tbsp of milk ]

Ghee – 1tsp


  1. Cook soya granules in boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes. Once done, drain it.
  2. Wash with cold water for 2 times and squeeze it. Keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil and ghee in a pan and add finely sliced onions.
  4. Add salt and fry on medium flame till the onions become golden colour.
  5. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and pulav masala.
  6. Mix well and add mint and coriander leaves. Fry on medium flame for 2 minutes and add soya granules.
  7. Mix well and cook on medium flame for about 4 minutes.
  8. Add curd and mix well. Cook on medium flame till the water in the curry reduces to 3/4 .
  9. Meanwhile wash and soak basmathi rice for 15 minutes and strain it.
  10. In a electric rice cooker, add strained basmathi rice, salt and water.
  11. Mix well. At this stage, taste the water. It should be salty.
  12. Then, add all the remaning ingredients and mix well. Switch on the rice cooker.
  13. Strain the saffron from milk and keep it aside.
  14. When rice is 3/4th done, add strained saffron milk. Spread fried onions and 1 tsp of ghee on top of the rice.
  15. Spread the previously made curry evenly on the top of the rice. Close the lid and cook till the cooking mode switches to keep warm mode.
  16. Switch off the rice cooker. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  17. Use a fork to fluff the rice and transfer to a bowl and serve with raita.



Red chilli powder – 1cup

Mustard seeds powder – 3/4 cup [ Grind 1/2 cup mustard seeds to a powder]

Salt – 1/2 cup

Cumin seeds powder – 2 tbsp

Fenugreek seeds powder – 1 1/2 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 2 tbsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1 1/2 tbsp


  1. Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients well.
  2. Store in airtight container.
  3. This mixture can be used to make green chilli pickle, cauliflower pickle and Carrot pickle.
  4. You can store up to 2 to 3 weeks.



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