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Toor Dal (Kandi Pappu)

Toor Dal (Kandi Pappu)
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Dal with lots of ghee, simple plain dal, dal in rasam and sambhar - homesick or tired of home, feeling indulgent or not feeling well - for every mood and for every occasion, Toor dal is ‘the dal’ for us at least 300 days out of 365 days of a year.

After rice, toor dal is the most important food ingredient we, Andhra log would have in our homes. Our parents, their parents, for all of us, the building bone is toor dal protein. We may move to different countries, talk or think in different language, one thing that’s going to be a constant in our lives foodwise is toor dal.

The light golden color, the way they cook easily, their taste - smooth and unique, the way they would fill us up without making us sweat and make us feel satisfied without being overwhelming. I love everything about toor dal. I confess I am a dal fiend and a toor dal addict. I am sure millions of other Bharat vaasi are also passionate about this dal just like me.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Toor Dal, The Essentials, Amma & Authentic Andhra, Indian Ingredients, Indian Kitchen (Sunday June 25, 2006 at 6:42 pm- permalink)

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9 comments for Toor Dal (Kandi Pappu) »

  1. Dal for life, indeed! Great post and love the toor dal photo. Looks so organic.

    Comment by Pavani — June 25, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

  2. Indira, Did you hear that India is banning export of Toor Dal.We better stock before it hapepens !!

    Comment by Celeste — June 25, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  3. Thanks Pavani.

    Celeste: I haven’t heard this news, really? Could you please provide a link. Thanks.

    Comment by Indira — June 25, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

  4. Just googled for the link. Got it.
    Would this ban affect us? The articles I read are not clear about the extent of ban. Is it complete or some quota is allowed?

    Comment by Indira — June 25, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

  5. hi Indira,

    Toor Dal never looked so good!!!great photo.

    Comment by madhuli — June 26, 2006 @ 1:20 am

  6. Yum! Your blog makes me very hungry! I tried one of your other dal recipes (Moong Dal Rasam) last week and it was SO good!

    Comment by Shoshauna — June 27, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

  7. so very true indira!! toor dal is my lifeline, other lentils don’t measure up to our ‘kandi pappu’. i gotta try your spinach-garlic dal too, i never cooked it without onion before.

    Comment by Bharti — June 28, 2006 @ 9:48 am

  8. You are absolutely right Indira, same in my household!Toor dal is no doubt the indispensable of its kind in almost every Indian household!

    Comment by Anu — June 1, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

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