Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Maamidikaya Pappu ~ Mango Dal!

When I was about 8 years old, I remember my paternal grandfather saying he was going to grow mango trees in our lands. I remember being all excited about it, though actually growing Mango trees were quite a daunting task. Still he went ahead and planted them. For the next 5 years, we didn't get to hear much about the crop. But during every summer vacation, that we spent there, I remember going to visit the mango trees dutifully and expecting them to give us wonders. Andhra is known for its delicious mangos and during the season, our house will be overflowing with the bounty, though of course not ours. My grandfather, though indisposed due to physical condition, blamed the seller for cheating him of a good variety. We used to travel by train to our native place and the journey takes us through a vista of acres of Mango trees growing with abundance, making them stoop down with the weight of their crop. One look at the sight and you would probably want to grab them. So we reach our place with the same tantalizing picture in mind. No doubt ours trees would be very picturesque, expect the taste isn't something you would want to talk about back home. Sree was the only person who ever liked it. He said it tasted more like a cross between apple and orange with a slight touch of mango. Well, that was enough to throw us off it. Every year, our granny would bring them back with her but the only patron it ever had, was my brother. Thinking about those mangoes, if those golden bygone days are here again, I will gladly eat them any day. Even if it did taste like an apple orange mix.

Growing up in a city that's deprived of its natural beauty, makes me long for those summer days spent in fields, trekking and running around, I feel sad for our kids. Other than a lone mango tree that peeps to our compound from our neighbouring house, they won't actually get to see a mango tree close by. And all I have, are my memories of those lovely summer days spent next to a window of a running train, to share with them. Come summer and you will see lots of tempting raw mangoes in the market. I especially love those long ones more suitable to be eaten raw. Its mostly during Ugadi, that we end up eating lot of raw mangoes. The tender raw mango makes an important part of the Ugadi pachadi. Apart from eating them raw, Amma makes a great pachadi, which my Dad is so fond of. I have never tried making it. Maybe this time round, I might finally get to it, if not for anything, atleast for my dear blog. The other dish that makes use of raw mango is a pappu that Athamma makes. I came to know of this during the first time she came to live with us. With a tempting thought of eating one with salt and chilli, I had one of those raw mango. But I got busy and never got around indulgeing in that. One evening, on returning back home, remembered the mango lying in the fridge, uncared for. I reached out for it, only to be surprised to find it missing. When I asked Athamma, if she knows of the missing mango, she replied that it found its way into the pappu. With disbelief, I asked what pappu? She replied with nonchalantly, Mamidikaya Pappu! God, it was the first time I came to know that one can do a pappu with Mamidikaya too. Trust Athamma to come up with these combis. Mamidikaya pappu tastes great and makes up for a change from our regular stereotype dal with tomatoes. The two tomatoes that you see in the picture was just an addition to make the picture colourful!

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Cuisine : Andhra

Maamidikaya Pappu ~ Raw Mango in Toor dal

Ingredients needed:

Toor Dal - 1 cup (100 gms)
Mamidikaya / Raw Mango - 1 medium
Green chillies - 4 - 5
Onion - 50 gms
Tomato - 1/2 small (opt)
Tamarind - 1 inch
Coriander leaves - few
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp

For tadka,

Crushed garlic - 4 pods
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds + Urud dal + Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp (all together)

Method to prepare:

Wash tur dal, chop onions, chop Mango into medium size pieces, green chilli. Place everything in a pressure cooker along with tamarind and coriander leaves. Put it for 2 whistles or until dal cooks.

Take it down and with pappu guthi or lentil masher, nicely mix down the dal. If required you can remove few mango pieces from the dal before mashing to have some pieces to crunch on.

Take a tadka pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, and garlic pods. Once they are little fried, add the chopped onions. Fry the garlic is nice brown in colour. As always the trademark of Athamma's remains in browning the garlic. That brown garlic adds lot of flavour to the dal.

Serve with hot rice and topped with ghee.

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Asha said...

I saw many many Mango dal this week in many blogs, is it in the season now?
Dal looks so delcious. I made a dal with green mango, nobody ate it in my house except because it was sour!:D

sra said...

You never heard of mamidikaya pappu till your MIL told you?!!! It's pretty common in our parts - I wait for summer for this. I prefer the dark, small and round mangoes to any other for this pappu.

Happy cook said...

Delicious dal with mangoes.
In kerala we make a dal dish with ripe manoges. Well my mom dod that and it was delicious .
I am always surprised by your post. You always have intrsting things to say

Sia said...

valli, try adding few greens like spinach or methi next time. u'll fall in love with its taste :)

Cham said...

The mango dhal is my favorite, it looks delicious, i guess the mango season came :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

yummm!!! This is one more such recipe that I have heard about from everyone but still haven't tried.... Will try it soon. thanx!

Sagari said...

mango dal with rice and papad yummmmmmmmmm nice recipe valli

Vanamala said...


nice dal must be too tasty!! will try it.

Annu said...

Dal is sooooo colourful valli.....

Meera said...

Looks delicious. Loved it.

sowmya said...

this is a good easy recipe for mango dal..w ill surely try it..

satya said...

Maamidikaya pappu is a regular at our place . We make a preserve and store it for future use too.:-D I don't add any other vegetable except green chillies though.Dal looks colourful Srivalli.

Rachel said...

That was a lovely read..the train journey and all...even when you travel by road.you can see such lovely sights....

mangoes in dal is new to me..am fed up making the usual one..shoud try this..is it tangy?

Sig said...

Looks like its Mango season now... :) Never heard of a daal with Mango... But give me mango anyday with anything :)

Srivalli said...

Asha, oh is it?..I am not sure..though I am seeing few mangoes coming up...here the season for raw mangoes starts from april roughly....thank you...hhaah..thats nice to know..

sra, nope, amma makes mostly two dal types and mostly different cuisines, while athamma makes only andhra dishes...

Happy cook, with ripe mangoes??>..must've been sweet right...thanks for the nice words..glad you like them

Sia, sure we do add them occasionally..it does taste good right

Cham, hahah...that I am not sure..this is a old post of mine..

Ramya, then you should try it out...

Sagari, thank you

Vanamala, it is...its a must try for sure..

Annu, glad you liked it, welcome to my blog..

sowmya, Meera thank you

satya, thats great to know...athamma adds vankaya along with it...thank you

Rachel, thank you...yeah it is..but we have traveled mostly thr train hence it remains more clear to memory..it is tangy if you add more of tomatoes...you got to suggest with mango and tomato...try it ..will love it

Sig this is a sure nice way to eat mangoes..should try it..

Happy cook said...

Yeah it was with ripe small mangoes and she even put the hard stone in it. So we kids used to fight for it as everybody liked sucking to it

Lisa said...

This I will have to try! I can just imagine how tasty this dish is. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Coffee said...

I love anything "Raw Mango". This is bookmarked to try. :)

Srivalli said...

Happy cook, wow..that must've been fun!...:)

Lisa, yeah it is very yummy..do try and let me know

Coffee, sure sure...you will love it!

Ramki said...

Hi Srivalli,
Am blogging your Pappu as a model recipe in the 1001 Andhra Curries cookbook at http://ramkicooks.blogspot.com/


Superchef said...

i remember my friends mom who used to maek this mango pappu...we used to ahave it with hot rice n mango pickle!1 lip smacking combo..

Srivalli said...

Ramki, thanks for the link

Manju, Glad this brought back good memories..

srividhya Ravikumar said...

wow..really nice and new to me.. i will try this soon.

Prathibha said...

Even I posted this very recently dear...Infact this is one of my favorite dal's..My version is slightly different,chk out when u get time dear..

~☆~Marshmallow~☆~ said...


Is it compulsory that it should be toor dhal? Moong dhal cannot make it up??

Manju said...

nice Dal!


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