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Drumstick Toor Dal

31 Aug

Mulakkada Podi Pappu.

Toor dal is cooked till soft along with chopped fresh or frozen drumsticks. Whole spices are garlic are fried and cooked toor dal is finished in the seasoned oil. Serve drumstick toor dal over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Drumstick Toor Dal.


Fresh or Frozen Drumsticks 10 (3 inch Size)
Toor Dal 1/2 Cup
Garlic 4 Cloves
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste


Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Broken Red Chiles 4
Asafoetida a Pinch
Curry Leaves 6
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

If using fresh drumsticks, remove ends, slightly scrape, wash and chop drumstick into 3 inch long pieces.
Remove stems, wash and slice green chiles.
Peel and lightly crush the garlic pods.

Wash the toor dal under running water.
Pour 2 3/4 cups of water and boil toor dal for around 10 minutes in a sauce pot.
Add green chiles and chopped drumsticks to the sauce pot.
Boil again till drumsticks change color and gets cooked (around 10 minutes).
Make sure toor dal is soft but still holding its shape.
Strain the cooked toor dal (if necessary) and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add garlic and all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add cooked toor dal, drumsticks, turmeric powder and salt.
Fry till most of the moisture is gone, remove the pan from heat.
Serve drumstick toor dal over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure toor dal is cooked right.

Suggestions: If toor dal is not cooked properly, let it cook in the sauce pot with water.
Variations: Alternatively, pressure cook the toor dal in a cup of water for 3 whistles. You can also cook the drumsticks at the same time in a separate vessel in the cooker.
Other Names: Drumstick Toor Dal, Mulakkada Podi Pappu.