Pappu Pulusu – Pappu Charu Andhra Style - Lunch Box Recipes

>>  Monday, November 28, 2011

This is another method to make the famous Andhra way of making a lentil vegetable stew with Tamarind base. Normally the pappu charu is not that sour but mildly made using tamarind, however in this method Amma makes use of little more of tamarind pulp that renders a little more hint of tamarind in the gravy.

Pulusu is anything that's thin in texture and we normally use tamarind in the base. Some years back, Pappu charu was the default Sunday night comfort meal. After the hectic lunch preparation, it was this mild simple comfort food.

This is was my lunch when I had made a different menu for the family. I paired it with Hing and red chilli powder seasoned potato chips.

Pappu Pulusu ~ Tamarind based lentil Stew with Vegetables

Ingredients Needed

For the Pulusu

Toor dal - 1 cup
Onions - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind pulp - 1 lemon size.
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp

Vegetables used:

Drumstick - 1, chopped into small pieces
Arbi / Colacasia / Samagedda (Chama dumpa) - 3- 4 nos
Snack gourd / Potlakaya - 1 small

Tempering ingredients:

Mustard seeds, Urad dal - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves few
Green Chillies - 3 nos
Dry Red Chillis - 1

How to make Pappu Pulusu

Wash and cook Arbi till done. Arbi can be cooked in a pan of water or in microwave. Once cooled, peel skin and chop into rounds of 1" thickness.

Chop drumstick into small pieces. Microwave for 5 -7 mins in microwave. Prep the snake gourd and wash well. Chop into small pieces. Snake gourd can be cooked in the gravy itself. Keep all the vegetables aside.

Pressure cook toor dal till done with turmeric and few drops of oil. Keep it aside.

Heat a pan with oil, add mustard, urad dal, curry leaves. When the mustard pops add the finely chopped onions. Saute till the onions turn colour. Add green chilies, red chilies. Saute for couple of minutes.

Then add finely chopped tomatoes. Add salt, turmeric powder, simmer till the tomatoes turn soft. Then add the vegetables, saute in oil for couple of minutes.

Next add the red chilli powder, followed by the tamarind pulp. Add 1 cup water and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, simmer and cook with lid covered for 15 mins.

Serve with steaming rice and potato chips

Boiling Vegetables in Microwave
Check out how to boil Drumstick, Arbi, Potatoes in Microwave.
Pappu Charu Recipe 1

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Pavani November 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

That's exactly how we make at home and my plate looks exactly like that with the potato chips.. Tangy, spicy, crunchy--yummy..

vidhas November 28, 2011 at 7:37 PM  

Good combination of vegetables in one shot.

Hari Chandana November 28, 2011 at 8:27 PM  

Very delicious and authentic recipe.. looks inviting :)
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sushma November 28, 2011 at 9:26 PM  

Its been years that I made this Pappu charu...urs look perfect.

The Pumpkin Farm November 28, 2011 at 10:12 PM  

new dish again for me, pack my lunch

veena krishnakumar November 28, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

lovely combo!!!!!!!looks very comforting:-)

Vardhini November 28, 2011 at 11:34 PM  

Inviting and comforting meal.

vaishali sabnani November 28, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

this is new ..wats the diff between this n sambar?...the basic ingredients r the same..rt?

Priya November 29, 2011 at 12:22 AM  

Super comforting pappu charu..

Angie's Recipes November 29, 2011 at 1:42 AM  

The stew looks comforting and flavourful

Shema George November 29, 2011 at 4:59 AM  

looks very simple but extremely yummy!!
First time here and I love your space, so following your blog :)

divya November 29, 2011 at 5:02 AM  

Looks super delicious and inviting..

Srivalli November 29, 2011 at 6:52 AM  

VaishaliIf you noticed I didn't use the sambar powder in this. Basically this is the difference. Sambar is littler thicker than this, while this ought to be on the lines of Rasam..:)..very slight changes but so much difference in taste.

Suma Gandlur November 29, 2011 at 7:32 AM  

My absolute favorite Valli. This is what I grew up eating each day, sans onions of course. We add a little jaggery too. My mother never made or makes sambhar. :)

Cool Lassi(e) November 29, 2011 at 8:24 AM  

Nice variety! I should give this Andhra style a try cause it certainly looks way simpler than the TN variety!

Kaveri November 29, 2011 at 8:36 AM  

Looks very yum!

Priya's Feast November 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

Wow..Pulusu luks very tempting..Thanks for sharing this recipe...

Gayathri Kumar November 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

Looks so inviting...

Gayathri Kumar November 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

Looks so inviting...

PJ November 29, 2011 at 3:08 PM  

Delicious platter Srivalli. Makes me hungry...

Rosa's Yummy Yums November 29, 2011 at 4:55 PM  

A marvelous stew! Great flavors and texture.



Nalini's Kitchen November 29, 2011 at 9:47 PM  

yummy and comforting pappuchaaru.

Aarthi November 29, 2011 at 10:16 PM  

awesome curry

Rajani December 2, 2011 at 7:56 PM  

Looks really awesome, perfect answer for that 'what to cook today?!' question.

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