Nimmakaya Pappu ~ Lemon Dal

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Nimmakaya Pappu ~ Lemony Dal

A very special dal with minimal ingredients is Nimmakaya Pappu. Cooked with either tur dal or yellow moong dal, its a winner of a recipe. The lemon lends a tangy taste to the earthiness of the dal and the spice of green chillis balance out the flavors. A classic, down-to-earth comforting Andhra recipe.

Nimmakaya Pappu Recipe

Preparation: 15-20 mts

Serves 4-5 persons

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

1 cup tur dal/red gram dal/kandi pappu OR yellow moong dal/pesara pappu

big pinch turmeric pwd

2-3 green chillis, slit lengthwise

juice of a small lemon

salt to taste

3 cups water

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 dry red chillis, de-seed and tear

few fresh curry leaves

1-2 tsps oil

1 In a pressure cooker, place a cup of tur dal, turmeric pwd, 2 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook upto 3 whistles. If cooking over stove top, cook till the dal is soft. Mash dal, add a cup of water and salt. You can add more water if you want a watery consistency. Cook on slow to medium flame for 4-5 mts. Turn off heat.
2 Add lemon juice and combine. Keep aside.
3 Heat oil in a pan, add mustards seeds and as they splutter, add cumin seeds, green chillis, red chillis and curry leaves and stir fry for a few seconds. Add asafoetida and turn off heat.
4 Add this to the dal and combine. Serve with white rice or rotis.

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Nimmakaaya pappu with cracked wheat (dalia/godhuma ravva) and salad ~ my meal today
Happy Republic Day to all my desi friends and readers!

Nimmakaya Pappu ~ Lemon Dal

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  tur dal
  •   lemon

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A very special dal with minimal ingredients is Nimmakaya Pappu. Cooked with either tur dal or yellow moong dal, its a winner of a recipe. The lemon lends a tangy taste to the earthiness of the dal and the spice of green chillis balance out the flavors. A classic, down-to-earth comforting Andhra recipe.
  • http://www.nannaadige.blogspot.com Ashwini.

    Love this lemon pappu. I make this very often at summer time. It will be over in a eye blink.

  • sudha

    WOW very healthy recipe.I make dis with pesarapappu…thanks alot!!!

  • deepa

    hi sailu
    just have one doubt rgd ur bread recipe.
    u have mentioned maida in kgs. here in US we r used to cups, is it possible for u to tell how many cups. i have asked the same question in the bread recipe post but didn’t get any ans?

    That would be approx 8 cups of maida.

  • Rathna

    Happy Republic to you too Sailu. Nimakayya pappu is one super duper quick recipe. Tastes great too. I serve it often with rotis ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/ Happy Cook

    Serve this to me with rice and pickles, a real comfort food.

  • http://ammascooking.blogspot.com Shreya

    hi, i came across this dish after moving to Hyd, and love it! yours looks so good, such comfort food:-)

  • mamtha

    Hi Sailu, a gr8 recipe…one of my hubby’s favorite one!! I tried it with pesarapappu and it was too good….:)..

  • sumalatha

    hi sailaja, ur nimmakayapappu is looking soo tempting. it is a familiar recipe in andhra know? sailu…2 days back i happened to see one old swathi book. i read about summer cooler drinks and the writer is sailaja g. is it that u? the photos r nice and looking like urs.

    I haven’t written an article for Swathi.

  • http://zaiqa.net Mona

    We make a similar dal with Toor, called as Khatti dal. For sourness we add tamarind or lemon concentrate. Looks delicious.

  • kvnrao

    Very tasty. Am fond of Nimmakaya Pappu.

  • http://orugallu.net/vinDu Mythili

    comforting and soothing ๐Ÿ™‚
    i think i will make some today.. btw how have you been?

    Hey Mythili, am doing great. Hope you had a great start into the new year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • moon

    looks really yummy n healthy
    thks for ur grt recepies , can u give recepies for gawar,louki n pumpkin

    goooooooooooooooooood job!

  • http://maninas.wordpress.com/ Maninas

    Beautiful dal. I bought some toor dal to try (for the first time!) last weekend, and this looks like a good dish to show it off.

  • uday

    Sailu. tried the Andhra chicken fry the other day which turned out pretty good. Planing on trying the nimmakaya pappu this week..your recipes are simple yet tasty..which is a rarity..great recipes and a great site..you are the best..:-))

  • http://www.quickindiancooking.com Mallika

    what a lovely summery dal!

  • Leah

    This is a beautiful day. I am reading the recipe and notice you write ‘add asafoetida’ Please tell me how much! Many thanks! I am looking forward to tasting this wonder-full recipe. All the best, Leah.

    Thank you, Leah. A pinch of asafoetida will do.

  • http://www.thekeybunch.com thekeybunch

    I am making this for lunch 2day…hopefully it will taste as good as the one I tasted at my friend’s place.

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  • rosy potnuru

    Hello sailu,

    I got married recently and i am very bad at cooking.
    And this site is really helping me in knowing the recipes. Thanx a lot!!

  • Avanti

    I tried this recipe following every instruction down to the letter. Simple and yummy. I also tried making it with a thinner consistency (doubling the water added after mashing the dal and adjusting taste with more lime juice, etc). That was good too. Thanks for sharing this and all your other recipes. I turn to your website often. Over the years I’ve found that I can confidently try new recipes from here knowing it will be good. Great work!