Tender Tamarind Leaves Dal

30 Jun

Chinta Chiguru Pappu


Tender Tamarind Leaves 2 cups packed
Toor Dal 1 1/2 cups
Green Chiles 4
Red Chile Powder 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste


Fenugreek Seeds a pinch
Garlic 4 – 6 pods (lightly mashed)
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash toor dal under water and pressure cook in 3 cups of water for 3 whistles.
Remove hard stems, clean and wash tender tamarind leaves.
Remove stems, wash and slit the green chiles.

In a small vessel, add cooked toor dal, a cup of water, tender tamarind leaves, green chiles, turmeric powder, red chile powder and salt.
Boil dal until tamarind leaves turn soft.
Heat oil in a small pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add this to above dal and boil dal for another minute or two.
Serve tamarind leaves dal with steamed rice and fried curd chiles.

Notes: Make sure tamarind leaves are perfectly cooked.

7 Responses to “Tender Tamarind Leaves Dal”

  1. sudha June 30, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    so nice to see this recipi after a long time…..mouth watering…… can’t wait to eat…..
    hey where did u get chintachiguru in USA…? can u please tell me if u buy in USA…..I lice in atlanta…

  2. Kiran June 30, 2008 at 12:24 pm #

    You always manage to showcase rare ingredients on your blog. Where did you manage to get fresh chinta chiguru leaves this time?

  3. kalva June 30, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    Oh yeah.. the other day my mom called nd said she just cooked with these leaves.. hmm miss them!!! HERE

  4. Sujatha June 30, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    Wow, Anusha! I’ve never heard of tamarind leaves used as an ingredient in cooking! This is an interesting recipe.. and I can imagine the taste already!

  5. Bhawana June 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

    this is great :). tamarind leaves with dal…

  6. Sujatha June 30, 2008 at 9:17 pm #

    Hi Anusha, you have something waiting in my blog! Please do checkout.. Hope you like it!

  7. sunshinemom June 30, 2008 at 9:28 pm #

    Tamarind leaves in dal! I never new it could be used this way – I am sure that tasted great:)

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