Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Parippu-Dal with Coconut

Serving rice with parippu(Dal/Lentils curry) marks the beginning of a traditional Kerala sadya(feast). This forms the first course along with other
side dishes, papads, banana chips and varieties of pickles. The dal is poured over hot rice along with few drops of ghee. The combination of hot dal and ghee gives a wonderful aroma and special flavour. The dal served during sadya is different from the one served with chapatis or rotis or naans. Here ground coconut mixture is added to cooked dal and later seasoned with freshly torn curry leaves and coconut oil. At home for making this dish moong dal('cherupayar') is roasted at low heat and slightly grounded to separate the outer skin which is then removed. As I do not want to get involved into this lengthy process I prepare with store bought moong dal/toor dal.

1/2 cup moong dal/toor dal(lentils)
Water to cook dal
Salt to taste
For seasoning:
1 tsp coconut oil
1 sprig curry leaves
Grind the following together:
1/3 cup grated coconut
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
A small piece of ginger chopped

  • Cook dal in a pressure cooker for one whistle adding enough water and salt.
  • Grind the ingredients to be ground to a smooth paste.
  • Add the ground paste to cooked dal and cook for few minutes more. Add water if dal is too thick.
  • When the dal has reached the right consistency add freshly torn curry leaves and coconut oil. Mix well cook for few seconds and remove from heat.
  • Serve with rice and ghee.

Other Sadya Recipes:

Mambazha PulisseriCucumber KichadiPineapple PachadiKheerPalpayasamSambharam


Vrinda said...

This is my fav too..i add shallots and jeera too along with mustard seeds,nice blog Pooja,happy vishu

Pooja said...

Thanks Vrinda :) Happy Vishu to you too. I like your many baking recipes! I love baking too..but havent tried much..yours will be definitely helpful :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Good One pooja... I have never added coconut to Dhal sounds new and indulging!!!

Pooja said...

Thanks Ramya :) This is how my mom prepares dal for sadya. But it can be made without coconut too.