Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Carrot Radish Lentil Stew (Dappalam/Mukkala Pappu Pulusu)

South Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special 
Andhra Cuisine
Carrot Radish Lentil Stew (
Dappalam/Mukkala Pappu Pulusu)
Serves 2

Carrot- 1, Peeled & Cut into Cubes/Slices
White/Pink Radish- 1, Peeled & Cut into Cubes/
Onions- 1, Cut into Quarters
Tomatoes- 4 Medium, Cut in Quarters 

Split Yellow Pigeon Peas (Toor Dal/Arhar Dal/Kandipappu)- 2 to 3 Tbsp.
Turmeric Powder (Haldi/Pasupu)- ½ Tsp.
Jaggery (Gud/Bellam)- 1 Tbsp.
Tamarind Paste (Imli/Chintapandu)- 1 Tbsp.
For the Charu/Rasam Powder:
Coriander Seeds (Dhaniya)- 1 Tbsp.
Cumin Seeds (Jeera/Jeelakarra)- 1 Tbsp.
Black Pepper Corn (Kali Mirch/)- 1 Tsp. (the Pepper Powder is quite ‘hot’ so adjust the quantity accordingly)
Split Pigeon Peas (Toor/Arhar Dal/Kandipappu)- 1 Tbsp.

For Tempering:
Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 1 Tsp.
Mustard Seeds (Rai)- ¼ Tsp.
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)- ¼ Tsp.

Curry Leaves (Karvepaku)- 5-6 No’s
Asafoetida (Hing/Inguva)- a Pinch
Salt- To Taste

Clean, Wash and Pressure cook the Toor Dal with just enough Water to Cover the Dal till it is cooked & becomes easy to mash
Keep the Boiled Dal Aside

Slightly Dry Roast and Blend the ingredients for Charu/Rasam Powder into a Fine Powder

Heat Water in a Deep Heavy Bottomed Non Stick Pot
Put Carrot, Onions, Radish, Tomatoes, Salt, Turmeric Powder, Jaggery, Tamarind Paste and let it boil on Low Flame (Slow Cooking)

Check to see if the Vegetables are Tender with a Fork
Next add the Boiled Dal along with Fresh Charu/Rasam Powder and Curry Leaves

In a Small Tadka Frying Pan, heat the Oil/Ghee for the Tempering, fry Mustard Seeds till they crackle, add Cumin Seeds and Asafoetida and Add to the Prepared Charu/Rasam

Serve Hot with Steamed Rice!

Can add Cubed Vegetables like the Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Bottle Guard, Brinjal, Two Inch Cut Pieces of Drumsticks, Ladyfinger/Okra, Baby Onions in this Stew as well
Some varieties made with different vegetable combinations are given below:

Drumstick & Green Brinjal

Hindi- Sahjan ki Phali

Tamil- Murungaikai
Telugu- Mulakkada

Bottle Gourd & Okra:

English- LadyFinger/Okra 
Hindi- Bhindi
Kannada- Bhendekayi
Malayalam- Vendakka
Tamil- Vendaikai
Telugu- Bendakaya

Can use Ambika Rasam Powder which is as good as Home Made as well
This is available in Ambika Store Pondy Bazaar T. Nagar & various other locations in Chenai

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