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Beerakaya Pappu | Andhra Style Ridge Gourd Dal

Beerakaya Pappu is a traditional dal from Andhra made with Ridge gourd and lentils. This is a comfort dal served with steamed rice along with Avakaya Pickle.
Course Lunch Box, Main Dish – Gravies
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
Keyword Diabetic diet
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker
Occasion Lunch Box
By Diet Healthy Recipes
Dish Type Andhra Pappu
Author Srivalli


For the Dal

  • 3/4 cup Toor Dal
  • 1/4 cup Split Yellow Moong Dal
  • 2 medium Tomatoes
  • 1 small Onion
  • 2.5 cups Ridge Gourd / Beerakaya
  • 2 inch Tamarind
  • A Pinch Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste

For Tempering

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • Handful Coriander Leaves
  • 2 to 3 Green Chilies
  • 3 to 4 Dry Red Chilies
  • A Pinch Asafeotida /Hing
  • 2 tsp Cooking Oil


For Dal

  • Wash and prep the ridge gourd.
  • Wash and take the lentils in a pressure cooker,
  • Add chopped ridge gourd, tomatoes, onions, tamarind, and turmeric powder.
  • Add enough water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles
  • When the pressure falls down, gently mash it for few times.

For tempering

  • Heat a pan with oil, temper with cumin, mustard, green chilies, red chilies, curry leaves, and hing.
  • Saute well and then add the mashed dal, add water if required, coriander leaves and bring to a boil.
  • Serve with Rice
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