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April 7, 2009

Yelai Paruppu



This dish isn't really a dish. I mean, it doesn't classify as a dish. But many meals would be incomplete if this little dish didn't make an appearance. Mixed with rice and ghee, this becomes the staple food of thousands of little children. In fact, at my parents' home, mor kuzhambu, menthi kuzhambu, avial and kootu are never made without this little sidekick. This is just plain old Yelai Paruppu.


Since I talk about this a lot, I decided to share the "recipe" with you.


1 cup Red Gram Dal (Toor Dal)

Salt to Taste


Pressure cook the dal with 2-3 cups of water. Drain the water and keep aside. You could use it to make rasam.

Mash the dal and add some salt. The "dish" is ready.


We usually mix some of this yelai paruppu with some rice and then eat it with mor kuzhambu. You could enjoy this whichever way you like.

16 comments:

Asha said...

Gujaratis have something like this,(I posted it for RCI but forgot what they call it! :D) just with Tadka, simple dal to have! :)

Swapna said...

This is a must for all our 'Sadyas'..we add a bit of ghee to it , have it with hot ride and pappad.. it is Nirvana !

By the way, I thought ur cake looked better.. mine was a bit messy with the chocolate !!! It is always on my mind now.. the satisfaction of having made a fully edible cake... I may try one of ur breads soon...

DEESHA said...

wow this is such a easy peasy dish .. such simple thngs always taste yum

sra said...

Yep, we call this mudda pappu, sudda pappu. And boys/men who aren't oozing testosterone are taunted by these names.

Chitra said...

Yes,very simple and always takes the first place in our daily lunch:)

A_and_N said...

Never tried this!

luckysanjana said...

hi Raaga .........sounds a bit like the maharashtrian waran ......there is something so soothing and comforting about this dal mixed with rice and served with a dollop of ghee.

luckysanjana said...

was just reading this other post of your vegetables with bread crumbs..............i loved the comment about rotis that you made..........sounds so like me..........if i had all the time in the world i still would find making rotis cumbersome.........give me rice any day..................not sticky stuff...............just some water some heat and its done..........

Census (aka Cen aka June.S) said...

I've never tried this...I will now!! There are so many great revipes on your blog I can see that I will be back again..thank you for sharing them.

Suparna said...

Hi Raaga,
Simply easy and healthy dish :) actually the simpler the better it tastes and sometimes we do get the craving to have something frill free ;) fantastic comfort food and thanks for sharing.
TC

Sanghi said...

Mmm yummy dish.

Arch said...

Total comfort food - hot rice, paruppu and a little ghee...awesome..

Kitchen Flavours said...

This simple delicacy is called Mudda Pappu in Andhra. Looks yum.

Divya Vikram said...

Simple n comforting!!

Miri said...

Coming from Mumbai where we had dal by the bowl, we as kids used to be very very surprised on our vacations to the south when our aunts would ladle out a spoonful of 'dal" - we would go "huh?. Why so stingy??"

I now love that spoonful of dal, without any tadka and just a tsp of ghee to flavour it , mixed into steaming hot rice - nothing like good ol' "pappu sadam" - thanks :)

Aparna said...

True. And a feast at home is never complete without this first part of the meal.