Monday, May 20, 2013

Dhal Curry | Dhal Tadka | Ketti Paruppu

Dhal, sambhar, rasam ~ name any traditional South Indian recipe, it is comfort food. Simple, pure comfort food at its best. That might be the reason why I never bothered to click step by step recipes for the same... Every south Indian knows how to make the perfect sambar, the perfect rasam or the perfect paruppu. In fact the recipe is etched in their minds and they need no reference. Every family has their very own recipe, passing it over to the next generation and every girl follows her amma's recipe to the 'T' when she first enters the kitchen. I am no exception... My 32-page hand written amma's cookbook is my handy note when it comes to traditional south Indian recipes. This recipe is from that prized cookbook, my amma's recipe ~ one which everyone in the family loves.

Posting such easy South Indian curries never struck a cord in me until I got a request from a bachelor reader for basic recipes. Browsing through my recipe index, there was no hint of such basics and so I have decided to fill the gap. Also my huss has been asking me to post a step by step post for his favorite ketti paruppu and that added to the reason. On that note, believe me, let a man on his own for some months and he becomes a good cook, atleast he tries to. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that my better other half would take to cooking, let alone ask recipes from me.

~*What U Need*~
Toor dhal/Thuvaram paruppu - 1 cup
Garlic cloves - 3 to 4
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Hing powder - a pinch

For the tempering:
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Red chilli - 2
Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Onion - 1/2, finely chopped
Tomato - 1/2, finely chopped
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Water - as desired

How I Made it:
Clean the toor dhal and pressure cook with garlic cloves, turmeric, hing, salt and water for 3 whistles. Allow the pressure to release and mash it (there should be some whole paruppu).

Heat oil in a kadai, add the mustard seeds, when spluttered, add urad dhal, split red chilli, curry leaves and fry till the dhal turns brown. Add the onions and saute. When done, add the tomatoes and fry well. Add a pinch of turmeric powder.

Add the mashed paruppu, add water to bring to desired consistency. Mix well and allow to boil. Season with salt and remove from flame.

Serve warm with white rice with a dollop of ghee (fresh ghee is the best).

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

Signs off!!!

Pssst... Like my post... Don't miss any recipes from us
Get the latest updates straight to your email! Subscribe NOW for free!


  1. Wat a comforting food, i can survive for many days with this dhal curry.

  2. wow simple and healthy food vimitha..

  3. Looks so tempting and perfect.. thanks for sharing !!

  4. simple comfort food at its best.

  5. Rice, dal and some potato fry, I can have anyday..

  6. dal tadka....another perfect comfort food

  7. My all time comfort food! Looks yum!

  8. I love this dal curry anytime of the day...looks yumm

  9. Looks so tempting and perfect.. thanks for sharing !!

  10. Delicious and comforting dhal recipe.. my all time favorite.. :)

  11. Lovely ,I too make the same way,but I will add tomato first to pressure cook,then add temper it.

  12. You have so many delicious dahls - I'm jealous!

  13. Vimitha, I love dhall curry! I can eat a bowl just by itself as my main meal.

  14. very delicious and tepting da Vimi...

  15. Delicious dal,yummy with roti:)

  16. Looks very yummy and tempting! :)

  17. Hmm....paruppu, steaming rice and a dollop of ghee what more can one I ask for..

  18. I have learnt that pinch of hing brings great taste to dhal, very similar to my mom's version....dhal is always for comfort!

  19. my made it perfectly....

  20. Oh this looks perfect! I miss this dish and it's time I make some. Jumping from one food blog to another makes me extremely hungry :)

  21. Dal rice with ghee is my all time favorite dear.

  22. I make dal curry often, Vimitha, my kids love it. Will try your recipe soon


Thanks for dropping by and leaving your precious comments... Your comments are my best critics... Do visit often...

Blogging tips