Pappu Charuu (Vegetable and Lentil Soup-Like Dish)

Pappu Charuu (Vegetable and Lentil Soup-Like Dish)

                    REQUIRED INGREDIENTS

1 cup split red gram - arhar dal in Hindi, kandipappu in Telugu
2 1/2 cups water

                    SET ONE

2 medium onions
2 long green chiles
3 medium tomatoes
4 French beans
2 drumsticks
1 carrot
6 okras (ladies finger)
1 teaspoon red chile powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
3 teaspoons tamarind extract
1 fist full coriander leaves
15 curry leaves
Salt – to taste
5 cups water

                    SET TWO
 1/2      teaspoon  fenugreek seeds
 1/2      teaspoon  mustard seeds
 1/2      teaspoon  cumin

5 whole clove garlic
2 tablespoons butter

Wash the dal and boil in water until thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat, let cool and make into a paste in a grinder. Keep aside.

Meanwhile chop all the vegetables into bite-sized pieces except the drumstick which is cut into 2 1/2 inch pieces. In a pot mix the vegetables, the above paste and the remaining ingredients in set 1 and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and let cook until the vegetables are cooked. Remove from heat and keep aside.

In a deep skillet heat butter on low heat and add mustard seeds and cumin. When the mustard seeds start to pop add fenugreek seeds and slightly crushed garlic cloves. When the garlic starts to turn light brown add contents from pot. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil.

Serve hot.

Serving Ideas : This dish goes very well with uthappam, plain white rice, idli and dosa.