Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pesarapappu Kura for Poori ~ Yellow Moong Dal

It was year 1993, could significantly be said as the year I started cooking on my own. Parents used to host 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. Then came the Kanna Kazana. And world changed. I guess for many that was 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 were 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 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 Chenna to Potatoes or the simple Moong Dal. That morning it so happened that we didn't soak chenna or had potatoes at hand. So I thought making Pesarapappu or Yellow Moong Dal for Poori would be a breeze. 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? smallest measure of onions, with just one tomatoes 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 colours. 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 dish for a lazy sunday bunch.
Ingredients Needed

Yellow Moong Dal / Peserapappu - 250 gms
Onions - 1/2 of a small one
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Green chillies - 3
Turmeric powder - a pinch

Tadka

Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 1 pod
Red Chillies - 2
Curry Leaves - few
Coriander leaves - few springs
Onions - remaining half
Method to prepare

Clean Moong dal and in a pressure cooker, add chopped tomatoes and half of onions along with turmeric and slit green chillies. Put it for 1 whistles. You can even switch off when the whistle is about to go. This way the dal retains its shape else it will be overcooked.

In a pan, heat 1 tsp of oil, add finely chopped garlic, then Cumin seeds. Once it starts sputtering, add onions, curry leaves and red chillies. Sauté for 2 mins till the onions are brown, then add to the dal. Add more water if required, adjust salt and garnish with coriander leaves.

This goes excellently with Pooris.

On the subject of favorite breakfast, mine is all breakfast items...:)..dosa tops the list of course maybe next to Pooris. But anything tiffen is to my likings. Infact 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!

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19 comments :

Suganya said...

Never had poori with dal... Simple yet tasty!

Apple said...

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

Latha Narasimhan said...

I too like this dal sri! mainly because it cooks fast by the time you cut onions and tomatoes! Best side dish when you have not planned for channa or aloo!

sra said...

Ha ha, even I used to amuse myself with 'high-class' cooking, never the everyday stuff!

Asha said...

So simple and those kinds rock, I think.Looks so yummy, wish O could steal that plate!:))

bhags said...

Never have tasted pooris with daal...seems easy and quick and comfortable also

Pooja V said...

I have never had dal & poori. A good , simple and neat combo.

Sia said...

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.

Rachna said...

ive had dal with roti , not with pooris!! looks like i shud dig in....

Siri said...

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

musical said...

Simple, and yummy! That platter is the perfect lunch!

Padma said...

Sri this is one healthy kura that slides down your throat effortlessly
Nice recipe...we eat this with rice too

bee said...

the colour is lovely. my favourite breakfast? hot steamed plantains, toast and jam, and cereal in that order.

Cynthia said...

Well, you know how I feel about dal - any dal: love it!

Roopa said...

Sri this a very good comfoting side dish i make with rotis usually:)

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

a simple n humble treat, isn't it...sri??..

Sharmi said...

why do you call it koora? look yum.

Srivalli said...

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..:)

SeeC said...

Nice one srivalli. Very easy to prepare. Our default combo.

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