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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Authentic Andhra ~ Chukkakoora Pappu


I think chukkakoora is 'an unheard entity' outside Andhra. As the famous gongura, these leafy greens are exclusive to that state, have a characteristic sourness to them and taste delicious. This pappu has become a rare treat for us since chukkakoora is not available locally. Fortunately, M remembered to get the seeds last time when he visited India and we could grow/enjoy our own chukkaku this summer. I used them to prepare this yummy pappu last week.
This authentic and quintessential Andhra dish is going to be my second day entry of BM#8 with the theme "cooking with five or less ingredients". Check what my fellow marathoners are cooking.

Ingredients:(For 3 - 4 servings)
1/2 cup toordal
1.5 cup chukkakoora leaves, washed and roughly chopped
1 Onion, minced
1 tsp Chilli powder
Salt to taste
For tadka: 2 -3 tsp oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, a pinch of asafoetida powder and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Note:
1. Tadka / Seasoning + Salt together are considered as one ingredient according to the marathon rules.
2. Chukkakoora leaves are usually sour as gongura and so tamarind is not added usually while preparing this dal. Green chillies can be added, if preferred.

Method:
* Cook toordal in a pressure cooker / sauce pan and keep aside.
* Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds start to splutter, add asafoetida, turmeric powder and onion.
* Fry until onion turns translucent and then add the chukkakoora leaves. Saute until the leaves are cooked.
* Next add the cooked dal, chili powder and salt to the cooked greens and mix well. Simmer for a couple of minutes more and turn off the stove.
* Serve with hot rice and ghee.


26 comments:

Smitha said...

last year we planted so much chukka koora in pots in our yard...I miss having a yard now!....Its a delicious pappu for sure!

Priya said...

Thick dal looks super delicious and comforting..

Harini said...

Wow! its been ages since I ate my favorite chukkakoora pappu. As you said I haven't seen these leaves anywhere here. I totally forgot about the seeds in my last trip to India :)

Nitha said...

Looks delicious with the healthy greens in it..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Beautiful click !!!

Uma said...

mmm.looks so delicious. I make it the same way you made it.

Pavani said...

I planted some chukkakura too this year.. Pappu looks comforting and delicious.. Nice clicks.

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Looks quite healthy!!!!

Rajani said...

It looks delicious

Kalpana Sareesh said...

wow to good pappu..

Archana Vivek said...

nice and simple dish Suma.

Vardhini said...

Such an inviting bowl of dal .. nice clicks.

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Prathibha said...

I love chukkakoora n its been ages I had it..looks yumm

Sharmilee! :) said...

Comforting dhal apt with rice

Nisha said...

Dal sure looks delicious ,pls post some pics of the plant too

Srivalli said...

Lovely dal Suma, though I say no to greens, once I make it love the pappu..:)

vaishali sabnani said...

Suma..there is so much that I have not heard of...probably cause here in Gujarat the variety of greens is totally different...may b i can try with the greens available here.

Jane said...

Looks delicious!

Deeksha said...

Dal looks so healthy and delicious.

DEESHA said...

Yeah, I had never heard of it .. I love dal in any form

jayasree said...

Hearing about the green for the first time. It would be nice, if you can post a pic of the green.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

I haven't heard about this leaf either. BTW, Last week I got some gongura leaves and made a chutney out of it! It was awesome. Now if only I can get my hands on these exotic leaves..A girl can hope!

Usha said...

It has been ages since I ate chukka kura pappu! Pappu looks very tempting and inviting

na said...

Chukka is nothing but purslane. You can usually find it in USA at fancy/gourmet farmers market. It grows like a weed and people here treat it so....except for the people in the know. They add it to salads :-)

Suma Gandlur said...

na,
Chukkakoora is not purslane. It is called payalaku in Telugu and have a couple of posts here using purslane.
I will soon post a picture of chukkakoora. :)

na said...

Aha, now I think I know which one you're talking about.......it's green sorrel. This can be found at farmers market/whole foods too :-)
Lemme know if this is the right bhaji...
http://fenugreeklove.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/ambat-chuka-green-sorrel/