Parippu Thalichathu / Kerala Style Dal Fry


3/4 cup toor dal / thuvaraparippu
1/4 cup cherupayar parippu / split moong dal
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1 big piece ginger, chopped
5-6 big garlic cloves, chopped
2-3 green chillies, slit
1 sprig curry leaves
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 dry red chillies
1 tsp mustard seeds
salt to taste


  1. Wash the dals and pressure cook it with 3-4 cups of water for 1 whistle. Then cook it on medium flame for 10 minutes until it becomes soft. Mash slightly with the back of a spoon and keep it aside.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and dry red chillies.
  3. Add cumin seeds, chopped onion, chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves and saute well.
  4. Reduce the flame and add turmeric powder and mix well.
  5. Add chilli powder to this and mix well. Add the chopped tomato and saute well till soft.
  6. Then add the cooked dal along with its water and salt and boil well on medium flame.
  7. Adjust the consistency of the curry by adding hot water. Switch off the flame and serve hot…

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