Mamidikaya Pappu ~ Mango Dal


Mamidikaya pappu aka Mango dal is Andhra’s treasured classic pappu kura (dal). The recipe featured is a family favorite and its as simple as it can possibly be. Mango and tuvar dal are a magical combination. They are lovely on their own, but together, they are a match made in heaven. The tang of the mangoes bolsters the earthiness of the lentils and the garlic infused spiced seasoning lends a subtle savory flavor. Refreshing and lip-smackingly good!

Mamidikaya Pappu Recipe

Preparation: 25-30 mts

Serves 3-4 persons

Cuisine: Andhra



1 small cup tur dal/red gram dal/kandi pappu

1/2 cup peeled and chopped raw mango pieces

1 onion, chopped

big pinch turmeric pwd

2-3 green chillis, slit lengthwise

1/2 tsp chopped ginger

salt to taste

1 1/2 -2 cups water

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

3-4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 dry red chillis, de-seed and tear

10-12 fresh curry leaves

2-3 tsps oil

1 In a pressure cooker, place dal, mango pieces, onions, green chillis, ginger and turmeric pwd. Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water and pressure cook upto 3 whistles. If cooking over stove top, cook till the dal and mango pieces are almost cooked.
2 Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add mustard seeds and as they splutter, add cumin seeds, garlic, red chillis and curry leaves and stir fry for half a minute.
3 Add this to the pressure cooked dal along with salt and combine. Cook on slow to medium flame for 8-10 mts without lid or till you get the consistency of your choice.
4 Serve with white rice, a stir fry dish (vepudu) and appadam.


You can alternately, cook the mango pieces separately in a cup of water and add the mango pieces with the left over water to the pressure cooked dal.

Mamidikaya Pappu ~ Mango Dal

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  mango
  •   tur dal


  • kalva

    lovely pappu.. like mango any way

  • Madhuri

    I have been following your website for a long time , this is a Perfect recipe to Welcome Summer! Thanks Sailu.

  • Michelle

    Sounds very interesting. I can’t wait to try it. I have a Mango that is almost too ripe, will that work ok or should I get one that is less ripe?

    You need a raw mango, Michelle.

  • Gauri

    my grandma makes this, sans the onions and garlic.. i find a lot of similarity between andhra and maharashtrian cuisine going by some recipes on your blog

  • hb

    great to see you back..I keep checking everyday for any updates. I am going to try this right away!

  • VK

    This was yummm… i tried it today morning. Great result. Thanks a ton.

  • Shubha

    I was waiting for your mamidikaya pappu recipe. I tried it last sunday. Turned out Yummmmmmm… thanks to u…
    I boiled raw mango and dal separately. Prepared it along with Kodi vepudu…
    It was an awesome combo…

  • Kalyani

    Love this mamidikaya pappu sailu……. lovely tempting picture ……

  • Bharathi’s Kitchen

    Mango and Dal! Now that’s an interesting combination.

  • chandrasekhar nukala

    Very nice website. I have tried a lot of dishes and they are perfect.

    We make this mamidikaya pappu with a variation that is divine.
    Dont use ginger and garlic in the recipe. Instead, in the tempering add a big pinch of HING.

    Try it and you would be amazed at the taste and flavor.


    Keep up the good work!!!

    You are absolutely right. I prepare this variation too using asafoetida sans the garlic and ginger.

  • bee

    i have some frozen green mango in the fridge. thanks for another wonderful recipe, dear sailu.

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  • Pruthvipaturu52

    idiotic pappu stupid

  • quasardrake

    A question from a non-Indian who LOVES Indian dals: are you using raw ripe mango (sweeet mango) or raw UNripe mango (sour mango)? I would think it would make a difference, eh? I am anticipating that it is unripe mango but i would like to know for sure before I make this. Sounds divine and easy for a disabled cook to make! Hoping you see this late question and respond, thanks, QDrake…LOVE this site for years now!

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Glad to note you love my blog and Indian dals. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, you are right, we raw UNripe mango which is sour to make this dal. It is a favorite in our home.

      • quasardrake

        Thanks for seeing such a late comment and answering! I was reasonably sure it was unripe(sour) mango, but I always like to check with the source of the recipe when I have such doubts. There are so many lovely recipes here, many of which are fairly easy for a disabled cook. Every so often I just crave the flavors of India even though I am American born. My mom taught me and my siblings to appreciate and enjoy many cuisines from around the world, and I bless her for doing so.

        One last question – if I cannot find unripe mango (labeled as such), can I just buy a hard mango from the market and grate it or chop it? Is there any other possible substitute for the sour mango? I would appreciate to know. Thanks Sailu for sharing so many wonderful things with the netizens of the world!

        • Sailu | Indian Food

          Yes, a hard mango can be grated or chopped. Whatever suits you. I’m afraid there is no substitute for sour mango.

      • quasardrake

        I just had a thought… If I use amchur powder for the sourness, could I use mirliton(chayote squash, you may know as chow-chow) for the vegetable, to add the texture? What do you think?

        • Sailu | Indian Food

          Amchur will yield a slightly different flavor and will be no where close to the original flavor of fresh raw unripe mango. Having said that, you could use amchur powder to add a note of sourness to vegetables like chow chow.

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  • Shaurya

    Hello shailu..
    Thanks for the amazing recipe…
    But the recipe is a bit confusing for me as my grand mom says tur dal won’t cook properly in the pressure cooker if been cooked together with raw mango….
    Because of the sourness of mango the dal won’t cook properly….
    She says that mango and dal are soppsupp to be cooked separately and then to be mixed….
    I actually love her cooking and it’s just amazing…
    So which way it’s correct to cook mango dal???