I should stick to my new year resolution at least for a week right ;) ? This parippu (dal) curry is a typical Kerala dish. It’s one of the main dishes of Onasadhya as well. We call it “parippu chaaru” at home. If there is parippu chaaru, ghee and pappad, it’s almost like a mini sadya for me. I just love the smell of ghee drizzled over parippu, it increases my appetite beyond limits. Usually I don’t eat much rice, but with this I wouldn’t even mind a 2nd or 3rd helping :) Actually back home if parippu chaaru is made for lunch, extra rice will be made, since everybody tends to have more servings of rice with this. (see am not the only guilty person here ;) )
I’m happy to send this dish for FIC- Yellow, hosted by Sunshinemom. Food in colours is a unique event started by Sunshinemom of TongueTicklers. This event celebrates food with a different colour each month. This month’s colour is Yellow and here goes my yellow beauty :)
- Cheruparippu (moong dal) - 100 gm (approximately 1 cup)
- Grated coconut - ⅓ - ½ cup
- Jeera - ½ tsp
- Green chilli - 2-3
- Turmeric powder - ¼ ts
- Ghee/coconut oil - 2-3 tsp
- Water - ½ ltr
- Small onion - 3-4
- Mustard seeds - a pinch
- Red chilli - 2
- Curry leaves
- Grind together coconut, jeera, green chilli and turmeric powder with 1 tbsp water to a smooth paste. Roast the moong dal in a heavy bottomed pan (without oil).
- Boil half a litre water and add the roasted dal to this. Cook till the dal is done. Mash it well or you can just run it in a food processor or blender for a few seconds. Add ground paste, salt and ½ - 1 cup water to the mashed dal and let it boil. Remove from heat.
- Heat oil/ghee in another pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add small onion, curry leaves and red chilli. Fry till small onion becomes golden brown. Pour over cooked dal. Serve with rice and pappad, wait... don't start eating... drizzle some ghee on the curry, now you are ready to eat :)
I recommend using ghee for this recipe.