Traditional Indian Recipes


Telangana Pappu Charu is a famous traditional dal curry of Telangana. Pappu or dal or lentil is cooked with green chillies, onions and tomatoes and then in tamarind juice. It has a tangy and spicy taste. It goes well with plain rice and any side vegetable fry, papad, pickle, roti, fried chicken, fried fish and scrambled eggs.


Toor dal                                ¾ cup

Water                                   2 cups

Tomatoes (chopped)     2

Onion (chopped)             1

Green chilies (slit)            10

Turmeric powder             ¼ tsp

Red chili powder              ½ tsp

Salt to taste

Tamarind                             lime-sized

Coriander leaves              1tbsp

For seasoning:

Mustard seeds                  ½ tsp

Jeera/cumin seeds          ½ tsp

Dry red chili                        2

Garlic                                     5

Channa dal                          1 tsp

Urad dal                               1 tsp

Curry leaves                       2 strands

Oil                                           3 tsp


  1. Wash the toor dal 2 – 3 times.
  2. In a pressure cooker add toor dal, water, turmeric powder, green chilies, tomatoes, onions and close the lid and cook till 1 whistle on high flame reduce the flame to low and cook for 10 minutes. Put off the flame.
  3. Soak tamarind in ½ cup of water for 5 minutes then squeeze for tamarind juice.
  4. When pressure subsides open the pressure cooker lid and mash the cooked dal.
  5. Now add the tamarind juice to the mashed dal and allow it to boil till the raw smell disappears (i.e. takes about 3 – 4 minutes).
  6. Meanwhile heat oil in a pan, add mustard and jeera seeds when it splutters add the garlic (chopped into 2 halves) and fry till it changes its color to light brown. Add channa dal, urad dal and sauté. Add dry red chilli and 1 strand of curry leaves and just sauté and put off the flame.
  7. Add the seasoning to the boiling dal and mix well and allow it to cook to 1 – 2 minutes. Keep stirring. Put off the flame.
  8. Add coriander leaves and 1 strand of curry leaves and close with the lid. You get a good aroma.

Telangana Pappu Charu is ready. Serve it with plain rice or ghee and rice, roti, pori.

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