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TOMATO PAPPU

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Tomato Pappu

Tomato Pappu is an integral dish of every day Andhra vegetarian food. This dish is very simple, earthy and a soulful food. Tomato Pappu is the name of spicy, aromatic side dishes made with curry, onions, tomatoes and seasonings. Tur dal or Kandi Pappu with tomato is a winning combination and addition of fresh coriander adds a perfect touch. Pappu in telugu is known as the dal. Tomato dal is a dazzling dal recipe and a basic and beginners favorite in Indian cooking. This dish is a main course dish served with rice, chapattis for a hearty and satisfying meal. These flavors sound amazing and tempting. This is the dish where you chop a little and rest of the work is done by pressure cooker!

Dal or pappu is something that constitutes an integral part of every Indian meal. You'll find it whistling away in cookers in every home and hotel. It is seasoned with variety of spices and it tastes delicious. Flavorful, simple and full of nutrients, one is sure to get an amalgamation of great taste with wholesome goodness. Dal seem simple and basic at first glance, actually encompasses an amazing variety. It is usually an accompaniment mainly with rice or roti. Different types of dal are masoor, toor, channa, moong and urad. There are many dal recipes such as Palak Dal, Tadka Dal, Mango Dal, Dal Makhani, Cucumber Dal, Masala Dal, Dal Bati and many more….

Toor dal also known as Arhar dal is the most popular and widely consumed dal in India. Toor dal with its consistent taste, has reached the hearts across the world. This dal is known with many different names in different part of India, like Tuvar dal, Toovar dal. In Northern part of Indian it is known as yellow dal (peeli dal) or Arhar dal. Every region in India has its own combination of seasoning and cooking style of cooking Toor dal.  Toor dal completes the Indian meal with its tempting flavors and aroma. It is used in popular recipes like south India sambhar, Gujarati dals, the famous puran poli and lots of other tasty dishes. It has a thick gelatinous or meaty consistency, and takes a little longer to cook than moong or masoor dal.

Tomatoes are such an important part of Indian cooking. Tomato, king of the garden and burst with sweetness, light sour, and a tingly-tangy ‘pop’. Tomato is considered both, a fruit and vegetable and forms an integral part of cuisines all across the globe. There's so much you can do with it and at the same time not a lot you can do without it. There are a lot of Indian recipes that are solely dedicated to tomatoes. There are thousands of different cultivars and varieties of tomatoes that can provide you with unique health benefits. Tomatoes also place a healthy snack within arm’s reach. You can find different recipes her, such as Tomato chutney, Brinjal potato curry with tomato gravy, Tomato soup, Tomato rice and many more..

Cooking tips:

  • Allow the pressure of the cooker go down itself, then open the lid. Pappu will be cooked soft and almost mushy.
  • You can use ghee instead of oil for more nutrition and delicious flavors.

Healthy Tips:

  • Tomatoes supply excellent amounts of fiber, vitamins A, C (to resist infections), and K, potassium, controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Tomato contains a large amount of lycopene, an antioxidant that is highly effective in scavenging cancer causing free radicals.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture notes that toor dal can be used in both the protein and vegetablebecause of its excellent source of nutrition, carbohydrates and fiber.
  • Vitamin A, present in tomatoes,aids in improving vision, as well as in preventing night-blindness and macular degeneration. 
  • Tomatoes aid in maintaining healthy teeth, bones, hair and skin.
  • Pappu or dal Contains a broad array of essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Dal supplies Folic acid, helps with healthy brain function and the production of DNA.
  • Toor dal contains folic acid, an important vitamin for all women.
  • Toor dal is also an excellent source of carbohydrates, which your body needs for energy. When you eat, food containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, or blood sugar.

Pappu with tomato is a winning combination and the addition of fresh coriander adds a perfect touch. Serve Tomato Pappu with steamed rice along with roasted crispy pappadum and pickle on side. Must try…



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