Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tomatillo Dhal | Pachathakkali pappu/paruppu

Sometimes all you need is comfort food. Not something exotic but something simple and home cooked like curd rice with potato roast or dhal with rice and pickle for the side. One mouthful and you will be transported to your childhood days. Days when you waited impatiently for dinner after playing for hours in the grounds and amma served you pappu saadam mixed with her own hands with dollops of ghee. This dhal is something like that. Comfort food but with a twist. It is just a variation of our regular paruppu using tomatillos. The addition of tomatillo gives it a nice tang which will leave you craving for another mouthful.

~*What U Need*~
Moong dhal - 1/4 cup
Toor dhal - 1/4 cup
Tomatillo - 3
Tomato - 1/2 cubed
Garlic - 2 cloves
Green chilli - 1
Turmeric powder - a pinch

To Temper
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a big pinch
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Dry red chilli - 1
Shallots - 5-6, sliced

How I Made it:
Remove the outer covering from tomatillos, wash and chop; Set aside. Wash dal and take it in a pressure cooker, add chopped tomatillos, tomatoes, garlic, green chilli, turmeric powder and enough water and pressure cook for 3 whistles or till done. Allow the pressure to release and open the lid and mash it slightly. Heat oil in a skillet, add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add cumin seeds and allow to brown. Add curry leaves, dry red chilli, hing and sliced onions and fry well. Add this tempering to the paruppu.

Serve with rice or rotis.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Nice and healthy! What is Tomatillo ? I am hearing this for the first time. Are they cherry tomatoes?

    1. Shobha, tomatillos or mexican tomato is a green fruit realted to gooseberry. Tomatillos originated in Mexico and are a staple of Mexican cuisine.


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