Parippu Chaaru (Curry)

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 ;) )

You can see other dal recipes here. For complete list of Onam recipes, check out this page.

Here is the recipe…

Grind together coconut, jeera, green chilli and turmeric powder with 1 -2 tbsp water to a smooth paste…

Step 1- Parippu Curry
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Roast the moong dal in a pressure cooker for 4-5 mins on low flame, till you get the roasted smell. Add 3 cups water to the roasted dal. Mix well. Cover the cooker and pressure cook for 8-10 whistles on full flame. Switch off the gas and let the pressure drops naturally. Mash the cooked dal using a wooden spoon or you can just run it in food processor or blender for a few seconds…

Step 2 - Parippu Curry
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Add ground paste, salt and 1/2 – 1 cup water to the mashed dal. Mix well. Let it cook on low flame for 5-7 mins. 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…

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Parippu Curry
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Parippu Chaaru (Curry)

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 4 -5
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 100 gms Cheruparippu (Moong Dal) ( 1 cup)
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup Grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 2-3 Green chilli
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2-3 tsp Ghee/coconut oil
  • 1/2 ltr Water
  • 3-4 Small onion
  • a pinch Mustard seeds
  • 2 Red chilli
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt

Instructions

  • Grind together coconut, jeera, green chilli and turmeric powder with 1 tbsp water to a smooth paste. Roast the moong dal in a pressure cooker for 4-5 mins on low flame, till you get the roasted smell.
  • Add 3 cups water to the roasted dal. Mix well. Cover the cooker and pressure cook for 8-10 whistles on full flame. Switch off the gas and let the pressure drops naturally.
  • Mash the cooked dal using a wooden spoon or you can just run it in a food processor or blender for a few seconds.
  • Add ground paste, salt and 1/2 - 1 cup water to the mashed dal. Let it cook on low flame for 5-7 mins. 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 :)

Notes

You can also cook the dal using pressure cooker. Cook on high flame for 5-6 whistles. keep it closed for 10-15 mins and open the cooker.
I recommend using ghee for this recipe.
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  • I too make a parippu curry like this, with a bit of differenc, my recipe is from a old book from Mrw Mathews.
    Your pairppu curry looks delicious.
    Wish i had a plate of rice and that papaodom and curry, i would be a very happy woman ;-)
    Beautiful picture too.
    I don’t get the papadoms which puff up like this.

  • look vann aayittundu..especially tht ghee over parippu makes anyone drool!! and papadam nannaayi vannittundalo!! shud try it sometime soon!

  • You say parippu and I say paruppu! But it makes no difference coz we too can’t live without parippu……(That is tuned to “You say hello, I say goodbye….hello)! Just wanted to say that it is one universal favourite though in many forms:) Thank you for the glowing dal!

  • Hi da ..
    Parippu curry looks so nice …Even me too used to make like this …parippum thairum pickle um enikkue etavum istapetta combination aa..eppolee vayil ninnu vellam varunu …
    Enikku ethu vare etra nalla pappadam evidekittiyittilla…!!! Nice snaps

  • Beautiful, your presentations skills r too good.

    One question from where do you bring such beautiful chatti used for dal and papad.

    Love & regards

  • hello there!!! the picture looks superb!!!!! infact alomost all the photos of ur recipes r superb!!! the way that paripu kari and pappad has posed for the photo makes me droooooool,eventhough im not a dal fan….but sure gonna try this one!!

  • Thanks a lot, Asha :)

    HC, thank you :). There are different recipes for parippu, some add coconut, some without coconut….btw, I also dont get pappadams like that always, may be I was lucky this time :)

    Thanks ammu, ya parippu and ghee great combo right?? please do try it and let me know.

    Sunshinemom, waiting to see the roundup at your place :)

    Thanks Veena, btw those are guruvayoor pappadoms, so may be you could get it when you go home :)

    Oycie, thanks a lot, very happy to hear your compliment :). I bought those vessels from an Indian store in Bahrain. If you are from Bahrain, please let me know..I will give you the details of the shop.

    Seeba, thank you dear :) ya parippu and pappad was very kind to me and posed nicely and they are naturally photgenic ;). Anyways please do try it, I think you will like it,

    Thanks Ranjita :) hope you liked it :)

    Anne, very very happy to hear that you liked it so much :) t

  • Hi Maria, my first visit here. You have a very professional looking blog. The layout is very neat. I have to go through your recipes in leisure.

    I agree with SM, we cannot live without paruppu.
    The photo is look so good. I love papadam too.

  • Hi maria!! btw, which is that store in bahrain u bought that “chatti”,from?? i would love to buy it too…and ya even i buy guruvayoor pappadams!!!!

  • COG – me too love coconut oil, its aroma itself increases my appetite :)

    Thanks Madhuram :) my husband helps me with the site layout. Hope you liked the recipes posted here.

    Seeba – I got the silver one from Aswaq stores in exhibition road, manama and copper one from Lulu hypermarket.

  • Hey Maria, I tried this today it came out really well :) thanks a lot.. fantastic recipes.. btw I am minu, live in Bahrain with my husband..

    • Dear Minu

      Thank you so much for trying this and also for letting me know about it.

      Hey, happy to know that you too are from Bahrain :)

      Take care
      Maria

  • hi maria,

    I tried ur parippu curry today, the result was absolutely fantastic.

    Could you add some more nadan recipes like sambar, thorans and stuff like that. Especially CHICKEN BIRIYANI , i tried making it many different ways but unfortunately it never works well. and sadly thats my husband’s one of the favourites.

    • Hi Lekshmi

      Thanks for trying this dish and am really happy that you liked it too :)

      I will try to post more nadan recipes. I’ve posted a mutton biriyani recipe here. Originally its a chicken biriyani recipe, I happened to make it with mutton and posted it. Please try out that recipe. You can find it here:

      http://www.mariasmenu.com/mutton/mutton-biriyani

      Just replace mutton with chicken in the above recipe, rest everything is same. If you’ve any doubts, please write to me.

      Hope your husband will like it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • I just made parippu in the crockpot. I’ve been eating it for the last 6 hours on and off. It was so delicious and only about 20 minutes prep time. check it out on my blog – i’ll have the recipe soon. Like your site. Glad I found it.

    • Hi Anupy

      Thanks for dropping in. Glad to hear that you liked this dish.

      I visited your blog, and I really appreciate the fact that you are taking special efforts to introduce Indian food to your kids, hope they enjoy it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria, Im nisha here, sumi and sajna’s friend. I have been visiting ur site quite often and enjoy it very much :)
    Today i tried the parripu charru recipe and i must say it is lip smacking.. love it.. thank u so much for this wonderful recipe maria. now i cant wait for my husband to come home for lunch so that we can feast on it :)
    Thanks once again..

  • Hi Nisha

    I’ve heard about you from Sumi :) Thanks a lot dear for visiting frequently and also for trying out the recipe :)

    This is one one of my fav too :) Hope your husband also liked it.

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Hello Maria,

    I am from Cochin. I like your recipe blog. The way you introduce each recipe is great. We feel we know you personally, even though we have not seen you. I have gone through some similar blogs, but I like yours the best. I like the way you give credit to the source of the recipe. I look forward to your updates as much as wait to watch Lakshmi Nair’s magic oven. on TV. I tried out this simple parippu recipe and it came out really well. Thanks to you Maria. I hope to try out more of your simple recipes.

    • Hi Annie,

      Thanks a lot for your sweet words. Am very happy to know that you like this space. Thanks for taking time to post a comment here. It means a lot to me. Please do try out other recipes too, hope you will like it.

      All the best!!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • maria, i really dont know how to thank you for coming up with such a site. i’ve been googling for the past 1 month for a good recipe site. either they have very sophisticated dishes or the ones they have are’nt tasty. i was a person who hated cooking till i came across your site 4 days back. i decided to give parippu curry a try and being a beginner i was so happy to see that it turned out to be very delicious. i must thank you for presenting recipes in such a simple manner. it made me feel that cooking also can be interesting. and the pictures are also very tempting. please post the recipe for making soft and fluffy idli’s too. by the way i came to your site through anitta’s so a big thanks to her too

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks a ton dear for such a lovely comment :). Glad to know that you like the recipes here and parippu curry is one of my all time fav :)

      All the best!

      I will try to send you the idli recipe sometime.

      Cheers

  • Thanks a million Maria for this recipe. Honestly Iam not too much into cooking. But as of now I have your recipe for “nadan beef curry” and its on the stove cooking.(.not the paper the beef curry..:-). So you can guess my menu for lunch apparently seems to be parippu curry, beef olethiyedhe, pappadam, beetroot thoran and Rice. How does that sound?!

    Thank you so much for the painstaking work.
    And making someone like me to cook. !

    • Hi Mini,

      Thanks for dropping by. Your lunch menu sounds awesome, its a feast!

      Really glad that you like the recipes here. Thanks again :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,

    Thanks a lot for ur delicious recipes.Last day i madepavaka kichadi,and it comes out well.One doubt in making parippu curry is that before roasting dal, it should be washed or not.

    Hopefully waiting for ur reply.

    bye

  • Hi Maria,

    Your receipes are very tasty, when i am reading the receipes i got water on my mouth. I am in Saudi, self cooking basically a tamilian, my roommate is Keralite. Searched for kerala receipes and found mariasmenu. My friend loves all the receipes. Thanks once again.

  • Dear Maria,

    Roughly for how many minutes do i have to fry the moong dhal for making parippu curry.
    Please reply.

  • Thank you so much for sharing your amazing recipes! I’m not from kerala, or even from India, but the food from your state is amazing and all of my malayalee friends have such a passion for their ‘home style’ food. Im hoping your recipes will win me brownie points with them so they can invite me over for lunch more : ).

    Keep blogging!!

    • Hi Romiya,

      You’re welcome :) Its really great to know that you find Kerala food amazing!

      Please do try the recipes from here when you’ve time & I do hope you & your friends like it…

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria…I tried your Parippu curry last night and loved it. My dad said that he could eat it plain.

    I had to add more water to my curry as it was getting thicker. The final product was really thick. My guess is that I can add more hot water to loosen it. Or is there any other method to loosen it?

    Love
    Suz

  • Hey…I just remembered something else…I was not sure how long to roast the dal for coz its not mentioned in the recipe and I ended up burning it abit. It will be good if you could add this info to the recipe (just a suggestion).

  • hii..Maria..made this one too..was good..but made A lil “Mistake” used a bit too much of turmeric(was going for the perfect yelow colour hehe)nyways but stll..ma hubby lovd it..with pappadum.

  • Hi Maria,
    I was looking for parippu curry recipe for onam and came across ur blog. It looks wonderful. 
    A quick question please… The moong dal u used here , is it split moong dal or the green color whole moong dal?

    Thanks,
    Vidya

      • Thank you for getting back to me. I served it to some northie friends who are usually dal maniacs, and they loved it. Also i tried you nadan mutton curry. It was finger licking, plate licking and even kadai-licking tasty. Did not waste even a drop of it. I did not have to wash the kadai at the end. ;).
        Glad I found your blog. Thank you !

        • Hi Vidya,

          Great to know that parippu curry was liked by your friends. Thank you so much for trying the recipes from here & also for letting me know the results :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • hi maria!!!
    just finished eating this Parippu chaaru…it came out realllllly well…thank you for posting….
    My hubby is a malayali and he totally flipped for this one . the only thing missing was pappadum…next time will make it… thank you again….:)

    cheers

  • Hi Maria,
    This is the first I’m leaving a comment on your blog, although I have been your fan for few years now. I love the recipes and admire your work. Among my favs recipes is parippu curry and I made it this week with ghee rice. It was a nice combination. As you can guess by my name I’m not from Kerala, not even from India, but my Malayalee friends think that my cooking is pretty good. Keep posting such a lovely recipes. Thanks

  • Hi Maria,
    This is the first I’m leaving a comment on your blog, although I have been your fan for few years now. I love the recipes and admire your work. Among my favs recipes is parippu curry and I made it this week with ghee rice. It was a nice combination. As you can guess by my name I’m not from Kerala, not even from India, but my Malayalee friends think that my cooking is pretty good. Keep posting such a lovely recipes. Thanks

    • Hi Marzena,

      I was thrilled to read your comment :) I’m so glad that you like the recipes posted here.

      It’s a pleasure to know that a non Indian find these recipes interesting.

      Thanks again dear for taking time to leave a comment here, appreciate it very much.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Marzena,

      I was thrilled to read your comment :) I’m so glad that you like the recipes posted here.

      It’s a pleasure to know that a non Indian find these recipes interesting.

      Thanks again dear for taking time to leave a comment here, appreciate it very much.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Marzena,

      I was thrilled to read your comment :) I’m so glad that you like the recipes posted here.

      It’s a pleasure to know that a non Indian find these recipes interesting.

      Thanks again dear for taking time to leave a comment here, appreciate it very much.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    I made this last week and asked my husbad for feedback. his comment was bit funny, but i enjoyed it :) “Punjabi kku Marathi yil undaaya kerala kutti ye pole undu” ennu…. but he finished the entire bowl within minutes ;)

  • Hi Maria,

    Thank you for posting these amazing recipes. I am going to try your version of parippu charu tonight. I have been trying your recipes for sometime and they recreate the perfect taste I associate with home.

    Just a small question – by small onions, you mean shallots, right?

    A request and a recommendation – Could you keep your site optimized for smartphone views? I am always referring back to recipes when I’m cooking using my Galaxy S3 but due to the multiple columns, the page doesn’t always display properly. I know I am asking too much when you’re already taking the trouble posting all these wonderful recipes :)

    Thanks again and hoping to make a perfect curry tonight,

    Meera

    • Hi Meera,

      You are welcome :) Great to know that the recipes here reminds you of home food, thank you!

      Small onion is shallot.

      About your request and recommendation –

      The site is already optimized for smart phone use, with the exception of the recipes index, as we have to display all the recipes in various formats. You can always use the search box at the top of the page to get to the recipe you want quickly. Or if you scroll down on the home page, select one of the recipe sections, you will be shown all recipes in that section. If the problem you face is when you hold the phone vertically, we suggest using horizontally, as this will display more in the browser. You can see how its supposed to look at: http://responsive.is/mariasmenu.com

      Hope this helps..

      Hope your curry turned out great!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hai your recipes are so tasty.i didnt tested this one but did your other dishes.one thing i noticed that most of your dishes are made with coconut.this make your curry superb.thanks for that.but i request you to post curries which are not made with coconut because ma mom and dad are cholesterol patients so i pls request you post some curries nil with coconut hope u got it :) thanks again. once again post more dishes without non cholesterol dishes thanks in advance :)

    • Hi Thansi,

      Thank you!

      Though I’m using coconut in my recipes, you can always customise it to suit your requirements. You can avoid coconut and follow the rest of the recipe.

      Since we prefer coconut based curries and dishes, I tend to use it frequently. However I’ll try to post other recipes as well :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hai your recipes are so tasty.i didnt tested this one but did your other
    dishes.one thing i noticed that most of your dishes are made with
    coconut.this make your curry superb.thanks for that.but i request you to
    post curries which are not made with coconut because ma mom and dad are
    cholesterol patients so i pls request you post some curries nil with
    coconut hope u got it :) thanks again. once again post more dishes
    without non cholesterol dishes thanks in advance :)

  • Hi
    First of all b lated happy New year.
    We are thankful to you, coz u taught us to cook.
    After marriage we landed here in Newyork and were tired of trying various dishes and throwing it in the bin..both of us were not aware of cooking and seldom we got any ideas..
    :) here we won’t get much South Indian dishes also.
    Until we find ur recipes..we missed out our traditional tastes…
    Now we are confident enough to treat a family recently with 7 dish sadya..
    Parippu curry was delicious and other dishes like thoran ,aviyal and semiya payasam was impressive. .
    We love the way you describe and the simplicity. .
    :)
    Wishing you success in all u do. .
    Regards

    • Hi,

      Thank you so much for your wishes and the wonderful comment!

      I’m really excited and happy to hear that this site helped you with your cookery lessons :)

      Sadya for 7 people, eh? Wow!! So looks like you’ve become experts now, great!

      Thanks again for taking time to share your feedback here, appreciate it very much.

      Wish you a wonderful n blessed year ahead!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. It was so delicious and my one and half year old daughter just loved the taste with ghee.

  • Hi Maria! Thanks for the delicious recipe. I was wondering, what kind of mixer do you use? Thanks! Disha

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