Pesarapappu Kura for Poori ~ Yellow Moong Dal

Pesara Pappu Kura

Pesara Pappu or Yellow Moong Dal is a simple yet comforting side dish to be served with Pooris. My bond with this simple dish goes back to my growing up years.

Pesara Pappu means Yellow Moong Dal in Telugu. As in Hindi, Dal refers both to the dish and the lentil. Kura in Telugu refers to any liquid side dish served with either Rice or Indian Bread.

It was the year 1993, could significantly be said as the year I started cooking on my own. Parents used to host a lot of parties and it was always me who did all the setting and ad hoc things. Amma was the chief chef and me her assistant. Amma used to spellbound our guest with the items she used to dish up and I used to get appreciated just for the simple reason that I was her daughter. I used to wonder if I will ever be able to dish up so many items if I ever try. But that was a time when I had not even started cooking on my own.

Pesara Pappu Kura
Then came the Khana Khazana. And the world changed. I guess for many that were the period that drastically changed one’s attitude towards cooking. Sanjeev Kapoor used to make everything sound so simple. And we were hooked to the TV. Everything he showed was repeated at home and much to the joy of all, they used to taste heaven. I used to amuse myself with Soufflés, Mousses or Cakes.

Simple dals were way beneath me!. I used to have my nose tipped at the sky each time somebody appreciated my cooking skills and used to think that regular cooking would be a cake walk. Then it happened one fine Sunday morning. Sunday Mornings are always Poori mornings at home, even now too. The side dishes that Amma used to make varies from Channa to Potatoes or the simple Moong Dal. That morning it so happened that we didn’t soak channa or had potatoes at hand. So I thought making Pesarapappu or Yellow Moong Dal for Poori would be a breeze.
Pesara Pappu Kura for Poori
Little did I know then what a trepidation it would be. Even that simple dal proved to be the testing task for me. I thought what a big deal, just put everything in cooker put it on for some whistle and then tamper it…boy was I wrong! After my ordeal with this simplest one, I realized the dal should not be over cooked, should not add all onions nor should I add tamarind. What else goes into this? the smallest measure of onions, with just one tomato and the tadka…great. Never did I realize I would get such a bowing to what cooking was. That was a humbling experience. After that incident, my recreations of this dish has come out with flying colors. But I have never forgotten that learning experience.

My liking to this dal has increased now more because my daughter eats this without much complaint. So here is the dish for a lazy Sunday brunch.

Pesarapappu Kura
On the subject of favorite breakfast, I love all breakfast items, with dosa topping the list, of course maybe next to Pooris. But anything Tiffen is to my likings. In fact wanted to have series on Dosa varieties. Will be coming out with that!

What is your favorite breakfast and what side dishes goes? Would like to know just for stats. Hope you enjoyed!

Step by Step Pictures for Making Dal

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Moong dal for Pooris

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Pesara Pappu Kura for Poori
Pesara Pappu Kura
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Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type South Indian Dals
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Ingredients
For the Dal
For Tempering /Tadka
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type South Indian Dals
Servings
Ingredients
For the Dal
For Tempering /Tadka
Pesara Pappu Kura
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Instructions
  1. Wash the moong dal couple of times. In a pressure cooker, take the dal, along with turmeric powder, cumin seeds, chopped tomatoes, green chillies. Add enough water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Let the pressure fall down.
  2. Transfer the dal to a bowl, wash the cooker and heat with oil. Temper with cumin seeds, dry red chilies, then add the cooked dal and salt to taste. Add enough water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 mins. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  3. Serve hot with Pooris.
Recipe Notes

We used to make this dal with onions and curry leaves. Amma still does that way, however I no longer add onions or curry leaves.

If you want you could add 2 tsp of chopped onions both to the dal and during tempering along with curry leaves.

Yellow Moong Dal

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19 comments

  1. Nice recipe Srivalli…simple n easy too…I add some lemon juice and remove tomatoes to it to make moong dal rasam..will try this version too…

    My fav breakfast item is Pesarattu Upma..:D, with kobbari chutney

  2. Hi Srivalli,
    Pesarapappu is my favorite.. I like it more than toor dal … simple and healthy recipe srivalli and I always eat poori with dal though ppl around me wud be annoyed by that.. hehe..:D

  3. LOL… i would try to cook some exotic dish and learnt the basics only after getting married;)
    moong dal is a very regular dish at our home. comforting yet delicious.

  4. Suganya, then you try this out, it tastes yummy

    Apple, thanks..do try and let me know. Its good to know that your fav is Pesarattu Upma with kobbari chutney. I always like it when my amma makes it.

    Lathamma, you are correct. But we like it as a prepare dish too

    sra, glad that I have company!

    Asha, you are welcome to it ..:)

    bhags, then you must try this out..

    Pooja, well now is the perfect reason to try it this

    Sia, nice to know that

    Rachna, then a good reason to try out this..

    Siri, nice to know you like this. Thanks

    musical, agree with you

    Padma, yeah I have prepared this with ghee rice…thanks

    bee, thanks, coming from you thats really great…wow you eat one healthy beakfast bee

    Cynthia, thats very nice to know

    Roopa, yeah thats really nice tooSona, agree with you on that

    Sharmi, at home anything thats liquid form is called koora..:)…though this is more of pappu..:)

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