Lunch Box Series : LBS#12

In our recent trip to our native, we got hold of these Andhra Favorites and brought them back with us home. These are Chinthaaku or Tender Tamarind Leaves. This is very famous and consumed with much passion in Andhra. My Dad is so fond of this. Well we finally got down preparing this for lunch.


Today's Lunch Box had

Chinthaaku Pappu
Plain Rice
Potato Podimas
Curd Rice.

Chinthaaku Pappu

Serves: 4
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Cuisine : Andhra

Ingredients Needed:

Chinthaaku - 1 cup
Tur Dal - 75 gms
Green chillies - 5 - 6 (based on your spicy)
Tamarind - a small piece
Onion - 1 small one
Garlic - 2 pods
Tomato - 2 medium
Mustard Seeds + Urud Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method to prepare:

For Dal, take the desired quantity of Greens, Wash and chop.

Clean the dal and keep aside.

Chop the onions, tomatoes. Keep aside

In the pressure cooker, add leaves with tur dal, Green Chillies, turmeric, chopped tomatoes, Tamarind and water. Put it for 3 whistles.

In a pan heat oil, then add seasoning items.

Once they splutter, add Onions, Curry leaves, Garlic. Fry till onions are brown and the raw smell leaves.

Remove the pressure lid and mash it with dal masher. Add salt and more water if required. Add the seasoning to the dal. Cook on high flame for few mins.

Dal is ready!

Potato Podimas

This goes very well with everything!

Ingredients Needed:

Potatoes - 500 gms
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Mustard seeds + Urud Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves few
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp



Method to prepare:

Wash and remove the potato skin. Cut it into fine pieces.

Heat oil in kadai. Add seasonings items. Once they splutter, add curry leaves, then chopped Potatoes. Fry well so that its well coated with oil. Simmer it without covering. If it is covered it becomes soft.

Add Chille pw, Coriander pw, turmeric pw and salt to taste. Mix well. Simmer it for 10 t0 15 mins. Once you see its nice and crispy, you can remove from flame.

Hope you enjoyed!

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