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.
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
- 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
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.
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