Simple Dhal/ South Indian Style paruppu

by - April 08, 2013


     Paruppu is a mandatory recipe for many special occasions especially in South Indian weddings which is the first gravy served for rice along with ghee followed by sambar, vatha kuzhambu, rasam and buttermilk. I know most of you are familiar with this recipe and I am posting it for Blogging Marathon under occasion themes..

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 ~ 20 minutes
Serves: 4 ~ 5

1/ 2 cup toor dhal
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
2 green chilies, chopped finely
2 nos garlic pods (optional)
1/4 tsp hing
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 cup water or as required
Salt to taste
Cilantro for garnishing

For Seasoning:
1 tbsp ghee
1/4 mustard seed
2 ~3 red chillies to taste
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
10 nos curry leaves


  • Wash toor dhal with enough water and pressure cook it with chopped onions, tomatoes, garlic, turmeric powder, chopped green chillies,hing and with enough water for 3 ~ 4 whistle at medium heat.
  • Turn off the heat and wait to pressure drops.
  • Remove the lid and mash the cooked dhal gently and add salt to taste.  If needed, adjust water to required consistency and allow it to boil for few minutes.
  • Heat ghee in kadai, add seasoning ingredients one by one as listed above after mustard seeds splutter.
  • Add this seasoning to the dhal and garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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  1. I love any kind if deal so simple easy and of course will never refuse to have with a spoon of ghee yum

  2. Super comforting dal, i can survive for many days with this dal.

  3. Sometimes a simple dish is good enough for our taste buds. Nice flavors for a strong tempting outcome.

  4. Comforting and delicious bowl. Looks inviting.

  5. wow perfect bowl of goodness... so delicious and so comforting!!
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  6. Love this with piping hot rice and a drizzle of ghee...

  7. seems like our varan, nice and simple

  8. Simple and quick dhal, soothing one too.

  9. Comforting and delicious dal.


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