Kerala Style Dal Fry – Parippu Thalichathu

Kerala Style Dal Fry – Parippu Thalichathu

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Have you heard people saying, “it’s complicated”? Can I share a secret with you? Sometimes when I hear people say it, I wonder whether they make it up. Ok, before you start raising your eyebrows, let me explain.

I think I need to put a disclaimer before going on with the explanation. I’m just thinking out loud here. So these are just my thoughts, it can be right or wrong, but I’m sharing it with you as it is. I think, these days we have a tendency to “glorify” each and every little thing we do. (I’m guilty as charged.) We try to portray each and every thing in our life, even mundane things sound exciting/eventful/adventurous. Yes, you can say we are celebrating life, that’s one way to look at it.

At times, I feel when we are so engrossed in the process of glorification, we are missing out on simpler things in life. We want to make everything a larger than life experience, everything “happening”. So when somebody asks how’s life, instead of saying “just going on, as usual”, we tend to say “great! but it’s complicated”. We dont want the other person to have an impression that we are leading a simple, routine ,uneventful, stable life. There is no excitement in it.

But honestly, I think it’s way more difficult to lead a simple life than an exciting one. To find “excitement” in simple things is a challenge in itself. What do you think?

Anyways, all I wanted to say was that this dal curry is as simple as it gets. There are no exciting ingredients or methods to follow. Pretty straight forward recipe with a simple set of ingredients. But the end result never fails to give you a warm embrace. Just the kind you want… to let you know, everything will be ok in the end, even if it’s complicated :)

Though this recipe looks similar to “Parippu Curry” which I’ve posted earlier, it tastes different. The addition of garlic and fennel seeds gives a different flavour. Also this curry goes well with rice and roti too.

Here’s the recipe for you…

Wash toor dal and pressure cook it with 3 cups water, sliced onion and turmeric powder, until dal becomes soft…

Step 1 - parippu thalichathuAdd the coconut paste to the cooked dal, mix well. Add chopped tomato  and 1- 1.5 cups  hot water. Let it cook for 5-7 mins on low flame. Switch off the gas…

Step 2 - Parippu Thalichathu
Heat oil in a pan and crackle the mustard. Add small onion and curry leaves. When the small onion starts changing colour, add green chillies. Fry it till the small onion turns golden brown. Add this to the dal and mix well.

Step 3 - parippu thalichathu

Kerala Style Dal Fry – Parippu Thalichathu
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Kerala
Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • Toor dal – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 medium-big, sliced
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Tomato – 1 medium, chopped
  • Coconut – ⅓ cup
  • Fennel seeds (perumjeerakam)- a pinch
  • Chopped garlic – ½-1 tsp
  • Small onion – 3, sliced
  • Green chilli – 3-4, slit lengthwise
  • Mustard – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil – I used coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Wash toor dal and pressure cook it with 3 cups water, sliced onion and turmeric powder, until dal becomes soft (refer notes).
  2. Grind together coconut, fennel seeds, chopped garlic, 3-4 tbsp of water and salt to a smooth paste.
  3. Add the coconut paste to the cooked dal, mix well. Add chopped tomato and 1- 1.5 cups hot water.Let it cook for 5-7 mins on low flame. Switch off the gas.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and crackle the mustard. Add small onion and curry leaves. When the small onion starts changing colour, add green chillies. Fry it till the small onion turns golden brown. Add this to the dal and mix well.
  5. Serve hot with plain rice, Pulao, Ghee rice or roti.
Notes
I pressure cooked the dal for 6 whistles on high flame. Keep the cooker closed till the pressure drops. Open the cooker and mash the dal. Make sure you dont mash it too much, so that it will become pasty.
You can use Masoor dal or Green peas dal instead of toor dal.

 

 

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  • Salu

    Thanks.. as always ur way of writing is like (4 me) reading a letter from mom or sis.. talking to us directly frm ur heart and i luv that… i’ll try this menu as always.. :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Salu for the wonderful feedback :)

  • http://www.happyscook.com/ Happy’s Cook

    Nice recipe… You have a lovely blog maria… yet to try ur non veg recipes… Do check mine wen u get time…
    http://www.happyscook.com

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you! Best wishes for your blog too..

  • Ruby

    I always try out your wonderful receipes,it always comes out good thanks for posting these sumptous receipes

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you very much Ruby for trying out the recipes and also for leaving a comment here :)

  • Linnet Tony

    Excellent Recipe. I tried it out yesterday, it was just simple and tasty.
    Thanks Maria, for sharing this recipe. God Bless,Linnet

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Linnet dear :) I’m glad you liked it.

  • Mafida yusuf

    Hi I just tried this recipe n it turned out to be great????

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Mafida :)

  • Abeesh Thomas

    I tried with the Masoor dal..came out well…Thank you !

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Abeesh :) Thanks for the comment!

  • Ann

    I always make dal curry but tried this recipe with coconut last week..came out yum :) also tried oats payasam…loved it(love all jaggery payasams)Thanks so much for your great & simple recipes…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Ann for trying the recipes and for sharing your feedback here, appreciate it very much :)

      Jaggery based payasam is my weakness ;)

  • Priya

    Hi Maria, do you think I could use coconut milk instead of coconut.

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