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Paruppu Kadaiyal
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4.67 from 3 votes

South Indian paruppu kadaiyal

Easy to make simple south Indian dal
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3 people
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • ½ cup toor dal
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 green chili
  • 1 red chili
  • 3 small onions | shallots
  • Curry leaves few
  • Asafoetida 2 pinch
  • Water as needed to cook dal
  • Salt as needed


  • Wash and pressure cook ½ cup toor dal with enough water. Add ½ tsp turmeric powder and a pinch of asafoetida, while cooking.
  • Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  • Once done, mash it well and add ¾ cup – 1 cup of water to adjust the consistency.
  • In a pan add ghee and add the mustard seeds.
  • Add finely chopped green chilis, a pinch of asafoedita, thinly sliced onions, curry leaves, and 1 red chili.
  • Saute it till the onions become translucent.
  • Add the cooked dal to this now.
  • Mix well.
  • Let this boil for a minute.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Serve paruppu kadaiyal with plain rice.
  • This goes well with chapati and poori too.


  1. You can skip the onions too. 
  2. Toor dal can be replaced with yellow moong dal.