Friday, November 13, 2009

Simple Dhal (Ketti paruppu)

This simple dhal is an excellent partner for rice or chapathi. The very less spice content in this dhal makes it a child friendly dish if paired with ghee and rice.
It is the habit of the Indians to serve this dhal as the starter curry in any full meals.

In my home we call it as ketti paruppu , which means the dhal in thicker consistency. I can remember my mom saving some dhal for me before making sambar, as it is my all time favorite to have with ghee and rice. Hope I have kindled many of your childhood memories:)

Simple dhal / ketti paruppu / lentil curry:



Ingredients:
Toor dhal (thuvaram paruppu) - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
hing - a pinch
garlic - 2 pearls
Cumin - 1/2 tsp

To temper:
mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
dry red chilly - 3
curry leaf - 1 sprig
urad dhal - 1 tsp
Onion (chopped) - 2 tbsp
oil - 1 tsp

Method:
Wash and clean the dhal.
(Soak it for 1 hour to reduce cooking time, if done in stove top).
Pressure cook the dhal with 2 cups of water, turmeric, hing and garlic to 5 whistles.
(or after a whistle reduce flame and keep in low heat for 10 minutes).
Open the pressure cooker after the steam is gone.
Drain the excess clear water above dhal and reserve it to make rasam.
Add the cumin seeds and mash well using a laddle.

Heat oil in a wok.
Splutter the mustard seeds and add the urad dhal, curry leaf, onion, red chillies and fry till the onion turns red.
Pour the seasoning over the mashed dhal and add salt.
If desired , stir more to get a thicker form.

Ketti paruppu is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve with hot rice and a dollop of Indian ghee along with pappad.
Goes well with roti too.

20 comments:

Sailaja Damodaran said...

nice dhal.....looks very thick

Gita said...

I too love this paruppu Viki...my mom also prepares ketti paruppu this way :)

kothiyavunu said...

Dal looks so yummy and delicious!!
Love to have it up with some roti now..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

I know what you mean about childhood memories...
My daughter loves it too...

Tina said...

Looks really very simple and delicious....

Sushma Mallya said...

Simple dal with rice is the best combo anytime ...looks delicious viki

sangeeta said...

we love our toor dal with hing n jeera n red chilly powder normally but any variation is welcome...
such simple recipes are the most repeated ones for the taste n convenience both.

Nandini said...

Dal always reminds me of festivals and functions! My favorite too! My hubby's BIG fav! :)

Kalai said...

Easy and yummy dish for rice. Love to have it with a tsp of Ghee.

prasu said...

simple and delicious dear.........

Sireesha said...

Delicious dhal...yummm yummm

Anu said...

Simple and yummy dear...

Priya said...

Simply delicious...just love this..

Sandhya Hariharan said...

oh yes.. we too love this simple dal as an accompaniment for rice / roti's after heavy food...

Gulmohar said...

I love this :-)I have a similar post in our blog :-)

my kitchen said...

I love this Dhal,Along with little ghee& rice yum yum

Malar Gandhi said...

Ketti paruppu sounds kool:)

Anupama said...

Simple yet yummy Viki... I make a similar dhal with moong dhal also...

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Dal looks too good and its simple to prepare!

Ramya Bala said...

flavor of garlic n cumin really makes this dhal so very spl..good one VIKI