Papaya Parippu Pulinkari (Pulincurry)


3/4 cup toor dal / thuvara parippu
2 cups raw papaya, peeled and chopped into small cubes
big gooseberry sized tamarind
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 + 4 shallots
3 green chillies
2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Soak tamarind in little water, extract its juice and keep it aside.
  2. Crush 4 shallots and cumin seeds together and keep it aside.
  3. In a pressure cooker, add toor dal, chopped raw papaya pieces, crushed mixture, green chillies, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and 2 cups of water and cook for 1 whistle at high flame and then 1 whistle at low flame. Switch off the flame.
  4. When the pressure releases, open the cooker and add the tamarind extract and 1 cup of water and allow to boil.
  5. Heat coconut oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add 4 sliced shallots, crushed garlic cloves, dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry till brown.
  6. Pour this seasoning to the curry and mix well and serve with rice…. 

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