Tomato pappu charu

Does this ring a bell? it should...to most of hyderabadis. As a kid, we must've eaten this pappu chaaru like almost everyday. If you are out of India/home and craving for it, here's the mom recipe for you...

Tomatoes - 4, chopped into big pieces
Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Green chilli - 4
turmeric - 1/8 tbsp
red chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp
tamarind paste - 1 tbsp

For seasoning:
oil - for seasoning
cumin,mustard seeds - 1/4 tbsp
2 red chillies
2 garlic pods crushed
1/4 bunch coriander
2-3 curry leaves

In a pressure cooker, add dal, tomatoes, turmeric, green chillies, chilli powder and 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 4 visils or till the dal is soft
Mash the dal, add tamarind paste, salt and 1 cup of water and bring it boil. When the mixture is boiling, add chopped coriander leaves and boil for 2 more min.
For seasoning, in a pan add oil and when it is hot, add red chillies, garlic pods, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves and fry till curry leaves turn crispy
Add this mixture to the dal. Pappu charu is ready to eat. Goes well with white rice!


  1. Sowmya7:14 PM

    Looks very yummy!!! Remembering my mom's recipe.
    But, you wrote the dal as urad dal, I hope it should be either toor dal or moong dal.

    1. YOu are right Sowmya..my bad! Thanks for letting me know..i corrected it now