Pappu Beerakaya Recipe – How to make Andhra Restaurant Style Dal

Pappu Beerakaya
Pappu Beerakaya
Most Andhra restaurants serve a variety of dal dish in the vegetarian meal like this Pappu Beerakaya . These dal dishes would be with a vegetable, chilies and tangy tomatoes thus the dal tastes tangy, hot and tasty. My way of making dal at home is super simple with very few ingredients and so very different from this Andhra Restaurant Style Dal. When SIL was here last April, she did not like my too simple dals that I prepare and she mentioned how an Andhra Restaurant Style Dal is prepared which she and her kids love.
Ingredients
Serves 4 to 5
¼ cup of Toor dal /kandhi pappu
¼ cup of Moong dal / Pesara pappu
¼ cup of Masoor dal (can increase to ½ with increased quantity of water)
4 to 5 hot green chilies
1 medium sized onion
2 large tomatoes
Tamarind paste as needed
1/4 tbsp. red chili powder (I have not used)
2 cups of chopped tender ridge gourd pieces (you can replace with bottle gourd or round cucumber or palak or can use mixed vegetables)
1/2 to 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste
Seasoning
3 sprigs of fresh curry leaves
4 to 5 slightly crushed garlic cloves
1/8 tsp mustard
¼ tsp cumin / jeera
Generous pinch of hing
¼ tsp turmeric
2 broken red chilies
Oil as needed (ghee gives a good aroma)
Method
1.   Wash and Pressure cook dal, ridge gourd, onions, green chilies, tomatoes,ginger garlic paste with 2 to 2 ½ cups of water till smooth. I usually cook directly in the cooker for 2 whistles
2.   Once the pressure is off, mash the dal to smooth, add tamarind pulp, red chili powder, turmeric and salt and bring it to a boil.Adjust the consistency by adding water if desired.
3.   Heat oil in a pan for tadka, add red chilies, mustard, and cumin when they begin to splutter, add garlic and curry leaves and fry till the curry leaves turn crisp. Add hing
4.   Pour this over the boiling dal. Off the heat and mix well.
Serve with rice or roti

* I have not used red chili powder, since it becomes too hot for my kids. The color might vary if you add it.
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