lentils

Thallicha paruppu – Lentils seasoned with South Indian spices

Prep

5 min

Cook

10 min


Thallicha paruppu
in Tamil means seasoned lentils. It is a very simple dish served on a daily basis in most of the South Indian households. This hustle free dish is usually prepared by using few spoons of lentils already cooked for making sambhar/rasam Since nobody spends time on its preparation, this is one of the quickest dish to serve kids, when they get hungry before the actual lunch time. Also thallicha paruppu is served before sambhar in all the South Indian weddings.

The moms/grandmoms in the family will serve this tasty lentil gravy with home made ghee as the first food for pregnant/nursing mothers. It is believed that the lentils will form a smooth layer around the inner lining of the stomach and protects the body from ulcer and acidity. I am not sure whether that’s a myth or a fact followed in Indian families. Anyways, this simple lentil is too tasty that we don’t need any reasons to enjoy them. Even after coming to US, I fix them atleast once a month or when there is excess cooked lentils to use.

The moment I taste it, I would be transported to my school days.This dish is so close to my childhood as my mom makes them every other day and it is a true comfort food. The seasoned lentil made from simple ingredients is absolutely heavenly in taste and the addition of dry red chilly is purely optional.


Ingredients
1 cup – cooked toor dhal
1/2 or less – oil / ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dhal
1 dry red chilly – crushed (optional)
1 tsp cummin seeds
1/4 tsp asafeotida
1-2 curry leaves – chopped
Salt to taste

Method
Pressure cook 1 tablespoon toor dhal with 70 ml water for 2-3 whistles. Remove and set aside.

Heat the oil in a small pan. Once they get heated up, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Now add the urad dhal, cummin seeds, asafoetida, dry red chillies and curry leaves. Transfer them to the bowl containing cooked lentil. Add salt to taste and mix completely before serving.

Serve with hot rice, a dollop of ghee, pappad and stir-fried vegetables / sambhar.

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  1. OMG, I wish I can turn my screen into something real so that I can access that dish.

  2. This is my hubby's and my favorite comfort food too…we simple love this :)

  3. I too simply love this paruppu,we make in festival days for offering god,and makes awesome combo with rice and ghee :)

  4. lovely pic and its an awesome dish …no doubt about that…

  5. missing dal since I left home. I used to have dal when I was with my mother and having the motherly food. My neighbours had a dal mill and we used to purchase sacks of dal from them.

    So creative recipes used to come from my mother to finish the dal stock. Your version looks super with the nice clicks.

  6. Hi Vijitha, hope ur doing good da. I missed much of ur yumlicious recipes. Just two days back i came to my new home. Just now i started working on my blog. Still i don't have much ingredients for afternoon lunch( its heavily snowing and i cant even think of stepping outside). Ur Thalicha paruppu is the best dish to prepare now:)

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