Menthi Kura Pappu ~ Methi Dal

Menthu kura Pappu is a very nutritious Andhra dal dish that calls for the use of tur dal and fresh methi leaves.

1 cup packed menthu akkulu/menthu kura (fenugreek, methi) washed and picked
1 cup tur dal (kandi pappu, red gram)
1 medium sized onion chopped finely
1 tomato, finely chopped (optional)
4-5 green chillis slit length wise(indian variety)
1/3 tsp turmeric (pasupu)
2 whole dry red chillis(deseed and tear into pieces)
5 garlic flakes slightly crushed
1 tsp chopped ginger
10 curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds(jeera)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (ria,aavaalu)
1 tsp salt
chopped coriander leaves for garnish
2 cups water

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a sauce pan and add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.
Now add the cumin seeds, slightly crushed garlic, whole red chilli pieces and curry leaves and fry for a minute. This is called “Popu” or “Talimpu” in Telugu (Andhra). The tempering adds flavor to the dish.
Now add the chopped onions, chopped ginger and green chillis and fry for 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 3 mts. Remove from heat.
Add this tempering mixture and turmeric to tur dal and add 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker.
Now add the washed and picked fenugreek leaves (menthu kura) on top and pressure cook upto till three to four whistles or until tur dal is soft.
Wait until the pressure is released and remove the lid.
Add salt to this cooked mixture and mash with ladle till well combined.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice and ghee, papad and vadiyaalu and you have a complete meal. You can also serve with rotis.

Absolutely nutritious and tasty dal.

Menthi Kura Pappu ~ Methi Dal

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 5

 Main Ingredients:

  •  methi
  •   tur dal


Menthu kura Pappu is a very nutritious Andhra dal dish that calls for the use of tur dal and fresh methi leaves.
  • anthony


    Nice blog you got.. I also have a cook blog, at

    Mostly easy to cook bachelor recipes though..

  • sailu

    Thanks Anthony….your blog is cool too…nice recipes and easy to make..:):)I have your blog linked to mine too..:):)

  • Anonymous

    hi sailu. i tried this recipes and it tasted really good.Thanx for the recipe.

  • sailu

    I am glad you tried and liked this healthy leafy dal recipe..:):)

  • Anonymous

    Sailu garu,

    Is there anu advantage/difference in taste if add the taalimpu before and after the dal is cooked?

  • ayesha

    who say’s andhra recipes are unglamarous…

  • ayesha

    yummy simple green n tasty….amchur powder or tomatoes if added
    will enhance the taste….

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  • Suman

    I tried to make the menthi kura pappu today from the recipe on the site and I must say it tastes amazing-ly delicious:-)

  • smitha

    hi sailu, i tried ur dosa it was v v v v v good. i really missed india after eating that….it really reminded me of dosas in hotels.

  • Rakhi

    your recipe simply rocked…my 3 year old daughter loved it and so did my hubby dear 🙂

  • sailaja

    sailu can u pls tell me what would be the difference if i put talimpu after i pressure cook the dal?

    No problem, Sailaja. You can add the tempering after pressure cooking the dal also.

  • rathika

    hi Sailu,
    thanks for the wonderful yet simple recipe. it was easy to make and turned out very tasty with chapatis. am a newbie to cooking and find ur site very handy and useful, thanks a lot

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  • Rohini

    Hi Sailu ,

    I have been a good cook and have been visiting ur site since one or two years and you have a wonderful collection and choice.

    I love ur website as i am very much interested in cooking and so learn lot of new stuff from ur site.

    Posting the comment for the first time though.


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  • shashi

    Hi Sailu
    I tried out some of your recipes and they come out real good. do keep posting your easy to make yet tasty andhra dishes recipes.

  • Praveen

    Hi Sailu,

    I tried out your Methi Dal Recipe today. It came out really well. Thank you for this wonderful recipe and keep posting.


  • Sirisha

    This pappu is clearly food for the soul!

    My mom’s version had the talimpu at the end, which does give a different flavor, but yours was quite good too. Thanks Sailu.

  • sravanthi

    can i saute the methi leaves before i pressure cook?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, saute for 4-5 mts.

  • sravanthi

    can i saute the methi leaves before i pressure cook?

  • sravanthi

    can i saute the methi leaves before i pressure cook?

  • sravanthi

    can i saute the methi leaves before i pressure cook?

  • neha

    tried it and its always come out so well ! 🙂

  • princy

    Came out really well. Thank you.

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  • rhea jotsinghani

    Do i.need to chop the fenugreek leaves or do I add them just like that

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      You can add them whole. If the leaves are large, chop them

  • jayasri valli

    The dal is yummy….. very nice