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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Kandi Pachadi / Lentils Chutney

This is an example to show that Andhra people can make pickles / chutneys out of anything and everything. The list of ingredients used to prepare this chutney is rather simple and the main ingredient in this chutney happens to be kandipappu / toor dal / lentils. I used to prepare it quite often in my early cooking days as it was a fool proof recipe among the list of chutney recipes I had. I did not have the need to wreck my head over whether all the flavors balanced when it came to this chutney as it had no souring agents nor the sweetener. I just would blindly follow my mother's recipe to the tee.

Lentils / Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Dried red chillies - 4/5
Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
For tadka:
1 tsp oil
1/4 tsp cumin seeds

* Dry fry the dal on slow - medium flame till they turn golden brown / red. Turn off the stove and add cumin seeds and chillies to the dal. (The cumin and chillies turn crisp and would easily grind.) Let them cool.
* Grind the dal, jeera, salt and chillies adding enough water. It should be not very watery or dry. It should be somewhere in between.
* The tadka is optional. Heat oil and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle and turn brown, remove and add to the ground chutney. 
* Mix the chutney well and serve with hot rice and ghee.


Vcuisine said...

We call this parrupu thugayal. Nice combo for milagu kuzumbu. Viji

Sia's corner said...

u have been busy with cooking and blogging girl:) so many recipes... i will come back again and check everything in leisure:)

Asha said...

Sounds great! Easy and quick lunch with rice.I ussally need these kinds of chutneys to go during the weekdays.I hardly have anything to eat for lunch usually.Thanks Suma.

bee (jugalbandi.info) said...

suma, your recipes are fantastic. all of them. i've bookmarked many of them. they're simple, yet very flavourful. thanks.
- bee

Seema said...

Lentil chutney is so so very new to me. Gottu try this one too. Love your blog with all traditional recipes. Will always be handy.

Sandeepa said...

That's true, you guys can make amazing pickles and chutneys with all possible things:)

One more great chutney

padmaja said...

MY fav pachadi. I love eat it with Charu. I take big bowl of charu and make small balls of pachadi annam dip it and eat:D

swapna said...

hi suma
very simple..isn't it.my version is completely different.i use tamarind too.my mother uses this method for moong dall pachadi.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suma, Don't you need tamrind in this chutney?

Suma Gandlur said...

We don't use any tamarind in this chutney.