Monday, April 16, 2012

Mango Dal/ Mamidikaya Pappu



With the onset of the summer season in India, the mango season also starts. First come the baby mangoes, which are pickled and preserved for the year. Next come the raw mangoes, some are fat and round, some are thin and long, some are really sour and some are nice to eat as is. My favourite among the different varieties of raw mangoes is definitely the Kili Mooku Maanga, Parrot Beak Mango, when literally translated. And as soon as these are spotted in the markets, they find their way into my kitchen. These mangoes are just awesome, and can be used to dish out a variety of recipes – anything from a Spicy pickle to a refreshing cooler. If none of these suit your tastebuds, then simply slice the mangoes into strips, sprinkle some salt and chilly powder and there you have a wonderful snack ready in a jiffy!

Finally it’s time for the sweet and juicy, golden, yellow, round mangoes. That’s the most number of adjectives I’ve used to describe any fruit. Mango – Truly the king of fruits isn’t it? India is the largest producer of mangoes with a huge variety – Appoos, Totapuri, Langda, Bangnapalli, Malgova, Rumani, Dusseri, Sindoori, Malliga, Himampasand etc etc

Our family, on the whole is a huge lover of mangoes. Children and adults alike gorge on this fruit throughout the season and truly wish that the season would last a little longer, but of course not the summer’s heat. During the summer vacations, my grandfather would buy, tokris, baskets full of mangoes and it would be served with curd rice. But I never liked the combination of mangoes with curd rice so used to eat later.

 Today’s recipe is a very simple one, which I learnt from my MIL. She says, come summer, and this dal would be made on a very regular basis in most Telugu families. It tastes awesome with plain white rice and a dollop of ghee or you could also serve it as an accompaniment with rotis.



  What you’ll need

  1. Tuar Dal – 1 cup 
  2. Raw Mango – 3/4 cup, peeled, deseeded and cut into cubes
  3.  Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
  4.  Green Chilly – 2, Slit 
  5. Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated 
  6. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp 
  7. Salt to taste

 For tempering

  1. Oil/Ghee – 2 tsp 
  2. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp 
  3. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  4.  Asafoetida – a generous pinch 
  5. Dried Red Chilly – 1 to 2, broken 
  6. Curry Leaves – few 

Method 

  1. Wash and rinse the dal in 2 to 3 exchanges of water. Soak it for about 20 minutes. Discard water, rinse again. 
  2. Add the rinsed dal into a vessel. To this add chopped onions, green chilly, ginger, and turmeric powder.
  3. Place the chopped mangoes in a small plate, separately and pressure cook the dal and mangoe pieces for 3 – 4 whistles. 
  4. Once the pressure is released, add the cooked mangoes to the dal and mix well. Add salt to taste and bring the dal to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5.  Heat a small frying pan with oil/ghee, temper with mustard seeds, cumin, red chilly and asafoetida. 
  6. Garnish with curry leaves.

 Serve hot with plain rice or rotis.



Note: Increase or decrease the amount of mangoes depending on its tartness and your liking.
You can also add a tsp of powdered jaggery.

Linking this to Healthy Diet - Side Dishes hosted by Vardhini and Mango Mania 99


32 comments:

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I am just waiting for these delicious mangoes to hit the market...yummy dal with mango

Deepa
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Priti said...

Love this ..waiting to make this too ...looks yum

Shobha said...

Miss the raw mangoes here..we don't see them in the market as no one uses them here in Brazil.

Radhika said...

Just had it for lunch Kaveri. Love the dish.

Hema said...

Tasted this a couple of times, loved it..

Roshni said...

Love this dal.. i did not know that it is traditionally made in Andra. I had a raw mango in my fridge and added it to my dal yesterday.. :-)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks so good and nice, love the click.

halal foodie said...

looks delicious !

Nalini's Kitchen said...

my favorite dhal,looks so delicious....

Mélange said...

I love mango dal..The flavor is addictive to me..Looks delicious Kaveri..!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow delicious and flavourful dal,luks so tempting...

Vimitha Anand said...

Tangy pappu variety Kaveri

Anu said...

Pappu looks yum and delicious.

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

looks delicious..tangy dal curry

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious, awesome combo of tangy mango and dal.

Maayeka said...

super tempting mango daal...loved the bright colour and texture..

Now Serving said...

Lovely & colorful Dal Kaveri - naakooring to have it with some manga oorgai!

Julie said...

Super comfort meal..yummy tangy with the addition of mango:-)

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R said...

love this tangy and delicious dal!

Nisha said...

Beautiful click loved the dal.

jeyashrisuresh said...

I have tasted this but never tried on my own. Yummy and tangy dal

Sobha Shyam said...

i have never tried dal and mango combo, sure it would have tasted super yummy :)

Vardhini said...

Flavorful dal. Love the taste of mango in dal. Thx for linking.

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Sona said...

This is a very unique dal, never heard of dal and mango combination.. I loved it, surely gonna try this..

faseela said...

very unique recipe....lovely clicks too kaveri...

Santosh Bangar said...

innovative dish clicks are super

Jay said...

wow..this looks incredibly tempting
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Priya said...

Super delicious dal, tangy dal makes me drool..

Kanan said...

looks delicious. love the addition of raw mango

The Pumpkin Farm said...

looks delicious and loved the presentation too..thanks for linking to the event

Chandrani said...

Very refreshing, tangy and yummy mango dal.

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Vidhya said...

My mom makes a similar looking dish but with a few different ingredients,would love to try this tangy dish.

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