Chinta Chiguru Pappu | Tender Tamarind Leaves Dal Recipe

Chinta Chiguru Pappu
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Let's explore how to create a delicious and immunity-boosting dal using tender tamarind leaves, also known as chinta chiguru pappu, which pairs wonderfully with rice or roti.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chinta Chiguru Pappu, Tender Tamarind Leaves Dal
Servings: 6 people
  • Tender Tamarid Leaves
  • 1 cup Red Gram
  • 5-6 Green Chilies
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Coriander Leaves
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Oil
For Tempering
  • 1 Onion
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2-3 Dried Chilies
  • 1/4 cup Curry Leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp Oil
  1. Start by crushing the tender tamarind leaves, removing the stems, and giving them a good wash. Ensure they are well-drained.
  2. In a pressure cooker, take 1 cup of red gram (tuvar dal) and wash it thoroughly (1-2 times).
  3. Now, add 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp of fenugreek seeds, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, 2 cups of water, 5-6 green chilies, and 1/2 tsp of oil. Seal the cooker and cook for 2-3 whistles.
  4. Once the pressure cooker has cooled down, open the lid and gently smash the cooked dal.
  5. Add salt to taste, 1/2 tsp of chili powder, and a little water to achieve your desired consistency. Mix well.
  6. Let's move on to preparing the tempering:
  7. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp of oil in a pan.
  8. Add 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds, 2-3 dried chilies, 4-5 cloves of ground garlic, 1 diced onion, and 1/4 cup of curry leaves. Sauté until the onions are cooked.
  9. Now, introduce the tender tamarind leaves to the tempering. Continue to cook until the leaves change color and become tender.
  10. The tempering is now ready.Combine the cooked dal with the tempering and adjust the consistency with additional water as needed.
  11. Allow it to simmer for a couple of minutes.
  12. Finally, sprinkle some fresh coriander leaves, and your mouthwatering dish of tender tamarind leaves dal, or chinta chiguru pappu, is ready to be served. Enjoy!

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