Monday, March 5, 2012

Carrot Radish Split Yellow Green Gram Lentil Stew (Dappalam/Pesarapappu Pulusu)

South Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special
Andhra Cuisine
Carrot Radish Split Green Gram Lentil Stew (Dappalam/Pesarapappu Pulusu)
Serves 2

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

Split Green Gram Lentil (Peeli Moong Dal/Pesarapappu)- 2 to 3 Tbsp.
Turmeric Powder (Haldi/Pasupu)- 1 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’/Spicy 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.
Asafoetida (Hing/Inguva)- a Pinch

Curry Leaves (Karvepaku)- 5-6 No’s (Optional)

Fresh Coriander Leaves- 1 Tbsp., Freshly Chopped

Clean, Wash and Pressure cook the
Moong 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
Add the Boiled Dal along with Fresh Charu/Rasam Powder

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, any Vegetable Preparation (we had simple Potato French Beans Stir Fry with this) Set Curd!

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

English- Drumsticks
Hindi- Sahjan ki Phali
Tamil- Murungaikai
Telugu- Mulakkada

Can use Ambika Brand Rasam Powder which is as good as Home Made as well

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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