Moms Kitchen - Andhra Recipes: pappu charu

Moms Kitchen - Andhra Recipes

June 08, 2006

pappu charu

Pappu Charu (Toor dal rasam)

A very tasty and an easily digestable dish that is popular in Andhra homes. My mom used to make this dish during winter, serving it with hot rice, ghee, potato fry and gummadi vadiyalu... mmm :-) the thought itself is mouth watering.


Kandipappu (toor dal) - 1 cup

brinjal - 1 (cut into cubes)

tomato - 1 ( cut into cubes)

okra (bendakaya) - cut into 2 inch size pieces

onions - 2 (cut length wise)

green chillies - 6 (slit length wise)

tamarind - 1 big lemon size. (soak in 2 cups of water and extract the pulp)

oil - 2 tb sps

turmeric - 1 tsp

salt to taste.

sugar - 1 tb sp (optional)

for seasoning

mustard seeds - 1 tsp

jeera - 1 tsp

red chillies - 4

curry leaves - 2 sprigs

garlic - 3 cloves (cut into small pieces or crush them)

chopped coriander to garnish.


1. Pressure cook kandipappu with 2 cups of water till 3-4 whistles and mash it smooth. Set aside.

2. In a separate sauce pan add 1 cup of water, brinjal, onions, okra, tomato, green chillies, curry leaves and on medium heat cook till the vegetables turn soft. This would take around 15-20 mts.

3. Add, mashed dal, tamarind juice, salt, sugar,turmeric powder and allow to boil in low flame for 15 mts. Adjust tamarind juice and salt according to taste while cooking.

4. For the tadka/popu, heat 2 tb sps of oil in a pan. Add crushed garlic, mustard seeds, jeera, red chillies, curry leaves and allow them to splutter. Add this seasoning to pappu charu. Allow to cook for 3 more minutes, garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice.

pappu charu with vankaya vepudu

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At June 9, 2006 at 2:30 AM , Blogger Sumitha said...

Hi!Im new to your blog,you have some yummy recipes especially the Andhra chicken recipe!
All the best for your blog!

At June 12, 2006 at 5:50 AM , Anonymous sailaja said...

Your pappu charu looks delicious. My fav is pappu pulusu (that's how its called at home)

At December 10, 2006 at 3:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Meeru cheppinatle chesaanu, pappu chaaru adirindi. Thanks for your recipe.

At May 25, 2007 at 10:00 AM , Blogger Nazia said...


This is recipe is great,i love it
thank for giving such great recipe.


At October 8, 2007 at 2:24 AM , Blogger Sree's Views said...

Hey.....the keywords 'pappu chaaru' in google brought me here.wonderful photographs and easy recipe :)
thanks :)

At October 12, 2007 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Sowjanya said...

Thanks a lot sumitha, sailaja, anon.,nazia, and sree.

Sailu, even we call the same (pappu pulusu) at my moms place.

At February 6, 2008 at 4:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks a lot for your recipe......meeru cheppinatlu chesanu pappucharu chala tasty ga wachindi......I became an expert in pappucharu now....... Once again thank you

At February 7, 2008 at 10:58 AM , Blogger Sowjanya said...

Thanks anon.

At February 14, 2008 at 2:47 AM , Blogger srikavitha said...

hi mee pappu charu recipe simple ga bagundi....
meeku gutthi vankaya kuura recipe unte please publish cheyyaru....

At February 14, 2008 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Sowjanya said...

Hi Kavitha,

Thanks for dropping by. I have blogged gutti vankaya kura earlier. Pls select the recipe from the drop down box on the right or type your search in the google custom search box provided in my blog.

At April 5, 2008 at 2:54 AM , Blogger Suneel said...

Hi kavitha,

On a serious note i wouldn't waste time on leaving comments but this is the best recipe out of 100s I hav seen thank you

At April 6, 2008 at 12:19 PM , Blogger Sowjanya said...

Thanks for those nice words suneel. On that note I'd like to add that my name is not kavitha but sowjanya.

At June 10, 2008 at 11:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty nice receipe and one of the simplest... This is the first time i tried it out and its really good.
Thanks for the nice post. Hope we get many more typical andhra dishes (great fan of Andhra food!!!!)


At June 11, 2008 at 8:32 PM , Blogger Sowjanya said...

Thanks Anon for trying the recipe. Would surely look forward for more comments from you. Do try my other recipes too. Am on a long break these days. Will be back soon with more recipes.

At July 19, 2008 at 10:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello! thanks for the recipe ! could you pls temme the amount of the water needed to pressure cook the kandipappu.. it'll better if u give the timings too...
actually i tried the same but it ended with a mess:(... i guess i overcooked...nevermind i'll try it again

thanks !

At July 20, 2008 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Sowjanya said...


Apologise for the typo. I've updated the recipe as requested. Pls try and lemme know how it turned up. Pls feel free to mail me at if you need any help. I'd be glad to assist you.

At August 10, 2008 at 11:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

tried the recipe today and it came out very well. thank you for posting it. my mom used to make this in my childhood and i hit the right spot for the recipe. :)


At August 15, 2008 at 6:19 PM , Blogger Sowjanya said...

Thanks for dropping by rajesh. Good to hear the dish turned out well. Pls feel free to mail me or post a comment if you need any help.

At December 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou so much for the recipe. My whole family loved pappu charu.

At December 23, 2008 at 8:49 PM , Blogger Sowjanya said...


Thanks for trying out the recipe. happy to hear from you.

At February 5, 2009 at 2:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

first ma waaru dining table mida kurchuni lechey mundu epudu edupu idi bagaledu adi bagaledu ani now thanks sanjeev agar ap na hotey toh mai life long mere pati ku khush ni krsakti ab toh bhojheshu maata bhi hogayi thanks a lot

At February 6, 2009 at 7:17 PM , Blogger Sowjanya said...


Thank you so much for your nice words. I'm glad to hear from u. By the way I'm sowjanya and not sanjeev.

At February 11, 2009 at 5:48 AM , Anonymous Dhana said...

Hi Sowjanya,

I have great passion in cooking and when i googled "Pappu charu", got me to your blog. Receipe and pictures sound very interesting. Could you please let me know what is the difference between sambar and Pappu charu as never tasted or tried pappu charu before?

Thank you,

At February 11, 2009 at 7:36 PM , Blogger Sowjanya said...


Thanks for dropping by my blog. Pappu charu and sambhar look similar but
- sambhar powder is not used in pappu charu.
- Apart from this major difference, pappu charu is made like thick stew while sambhar is thinner. This is because the amount of dal used in pappu charu is slightly more than what we use in sambhar.
- grated coconut is used in sambhar while not in pappu charu.

Hope that helps. Feel free to mail me to


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