Saturday 15 March 2014

Lemon Dal [Thoor Dal with Lemon] Recipe/Nimmakaya Pappu Recipe/How to make Lemon Dal with step by step photos

Lemon Dal/Nimmakaya pappu is a very special, simple to make delicious and comforting dal. It is a very popular and a common dish prepared in AndhraPradesh –South India. This simple yet delectable lemon dal is tangy and perfectly balanced with the addition of green chillies and red chillies.

Here’s how to make Lemon Dal with step by step photos…

Thoor dal/Thuvaram paruppu
1 cup
Lemon juice
2 tbsp or from whole lemon
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
3 cups
As needed

For Tempering
1 tsp
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Urad dal
½ tsp
Dry red chillies
Green chillies
2 finely chopped
One pinch
Curry leaves
Prepatation Time: 5 minutes                              Recipe Category: Dal Varieties, Lunch
Cooking time: 15 minutes                                     Recipe Cuisine: South India
Serves: 4
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Wash the thoor dal atleast two to three times. Soak dal for atleast 15 minutes for faster cooking.

Pressure cook the thoor dal with three cups of water and turmeric powder for three whistles or until soft.

After the steam releases add about a cup of water and mash the dal. Add lemon juice, salt and mix really well.

Heat oil in a kadai, splutter mustard seeds, then add cumin seeds, urad, dry red chillies, green chillies, asafoetida, curry leaves and fry for 20 to 30 seconds and switch off the stove.

Add the tempering to the dal and mix thoroughly.

Delicious, comforting and healthy dal is ready to be enjoyed.

Adjust the amount of water for the required consistency.
Add more lemon juice according to your taste.

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  1. My mum makes dal everyday but never with lemon in it.. I am going to ask my mum to try out your recipe
    Keep in touch

  2. This is a quiet different way of making dal....It adds flavors and looks so tempting :)

  3. some times i add lemon in my samber too...your dal looks so yummy..

  4. I too follow with same method.........absolutely tasty!!

  5. Yummy n flavorful dal..Love to taste this with hot rice and ghee :)

  6. simple yet flavorful and delicious dal!

  7. Anew recipe fr me...never tried dal with lemon

  8. helpful post fr bachelors n newbies into kitchen.. much needed..

  9. Your recipes, this and all of the previous; my kind of dishes.

  10. Thanks a lot for sharing with us the south indian dish :) hoping i could taste it; feeling the taste of lemon yumm.. i know quite delicious it was :)

  11. Wow Lemon flavour dal...Sounds yummy

  12. I dont add tamarind in my sambar, but i'll add lemon juice to it.. Dal looks very comforting..

  13. Loos so tasty,comfort food,will try this

  14. Very flavorful dal ...very tempting dear :)

  15. Simple comforting dal ....Looks very very tempting

  16. dal is always comforting, whatever way it is made...

  17. My favorite dhal recipe and very well explained.

  18. yemmy lemon dal...Priya Anandakumar..


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