Gongura pappu – Andhra’s Speciality Dal

Lentils cooked with  tangy Gongura (Sorrel Leaves).







Serves – 4
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins
Ingredients :

  • Sorrel leaves (Gongura) (chopped fine)- 1 cup
  • Yellow Pigeon Peas (Kandi Pappu) – 1/2 Cup
  • Split Skinless Bengal Gram Dal (Senaga pappu)- 1/4 Cup
  • Oil – 4 Tbsp
  • Dry Red Chilli – 2 to 3
  • Green chillies (coarsely ground) – to taste
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 1 Sprig
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic (chopped) – 3 big pods
  • Cilantro (finely chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – 2 cups (divided)


  • Wash both the dals and discard the water, add in the sorrel leaves, 1 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook till the dal is soft. (For me it took 6 whistles). If the Gongura is tender you can just fry it seperately instead of pressure cooking it.
  • Start preparing the tadka for the dal while pressure cooking time. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, allow to pop. Then add in cumin seeds, dry red chilli whole, curry leves, green chillies paste,garlic, and fry till garlic slightly changes its color.
  • Add in onions and fry till they are soft.Add the cooked dal and gongura mixture. Mash it slightly (Dal should be smooth)
  •  Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, half cup of water and bring this mixture to a boil.
  • Finally add in cilantro and serve it with Jonna Rotti (Jowar ki Roti) or any other Indian breads. You can also have it with rice.




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Plantain Podimas/ Aratikaaya Podi Koora

Plantain PodimasPlantain Podimas is a perfect everyday vegetable recipe. Fresh Lemon juice, ginger are the key ingredients which add a zing to this curry. So now you know what to do with the plantains when you see them at the grocery store 😉 Serve it with hot steamed rice and Papad.






Serves – 3 adults
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 15 mins

  • Raw Plantains (peel, wash, chopp in bite size pieces) – 2 medium
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Chanadal – 1 tsp
  • Urid Dal – 1 tsp
  • Ginger(Chopped) – 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chillies – to taste
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 1 Sprig
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cilantro (chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Onion (finely Chopped) – 1/2 no
  • Dry Red Chillies – 2 no
  • Peppercorns (crushed) – 1/4 tsp or to taste
  • Lemon Juice – 1 Tbsp or to taste
  • Fresh Coconut (grated) – 1/4 Cup


  • In a pressure cooker add water and place another bowl to cook the plantain.
  • Add plantain into the bowl and add in 3 Tbsp of water.
  • Pressure cook till one whistle. Turn OFF the heat.
  • When all the pressure releases, remove the cooked plantains from the cooker and slightly mash it.


  • In a pan heat oil, to the medium hot oil add in mustard seeds and allow to pop.
  • Add in cumin seeds, chanadal, urid dal, green chillies, turmeric powder, dry red chillies, ginger, wait till dals turn golden.
  • Keep mixing and add onion, curry leaves and cover till the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add salt, pepper powder, coconut and cook further for 30 secs.
  • Add cooked plantain and lemon juice. Mix well. Cook covered for 2 mins to help the plantain absorb the flavors from the seasoning.
  • Finally top it off with cilantro.
  • Serve with hot steamed rice and papad on side.




Tres Leches – Mexican Dessert Recipe

Tres LechesTres leches is a mexican dessert which literally means three milks cake. It might sound fancy but this one is a easy breezy recipe. This is a great make ahead dessert for any party or get together.







Serves – 9
Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 45 mins

For Cake:

  • All Purpose Flour – 1 1/2 Cup
  • Corn Starch – 1/4 Cup
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 3/4 tsp
  • Baking Powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1/2 Cup
  • Milk (at room temperature) – 1/2 Cup
  • Butter (softened at room temperature) – 1/2 Cup
  • All Purpose Flour (for dusting pan) – 1 Tbsp
  • Distilled White Vinegar – 1 Tbsp
  • Granulated Sugar – 2 – 3 Tbsp (depends on your tastebuds)
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 1/2 tsp

For Milk Topping:

  • Whole Milk – 1 Cup
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – 14 oz can
  • Evaporated Milk – 12 oz can

For Whipped Cream:

  • Heavy Cream – 1/2 Cup
  • Sugar – 1 Tbsp


For making Sponge cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 8 inch square baking tin with butter, dust it with dry flour. Keep it aside.
  • In a mixing bowl sift all purpose flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and set aside.
  • In another bowl, add butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk. Beat them for 3 mins until smooth and creamy.
  • Add 1/3 portion of flour, half of the milk to the wet ingredients mix well until combined.
  • Add again a 1/3 portion of flour and mix well. Then add in the remaining milk and remaining flour and mix with a very light hand until combined.
  • Finally add in the vinegar and mix it lightly just until combined.
  • Add in the batter to the greased and dusted baking tin.
  • Bake for 25 – 30 mins or until toothpick inserted at the center of the cake somes out clean.
  • Rest the cake in the pan for 5 mins and invert onto the cooling rack.

For Milk Topping:

  • Mix condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole milk and set aside. Your milk topping is ready.
  • Transfer the cake onto any deep serving dish or cake tin. Poke it with fork all over.
  • When the cake is still warm, add the milk mixture ladle at a time and spread all over.
  • Cover the cake with cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.

For Whipped Cream:

  • In a clean bowl, add in cold cream beat until it slightly thickens.
  • Gradually add sugar and beat till stiff peaks are formed.
  • Get the refrigerated cake out and spread all the whipped cream on top evenly.
  • Cut a piece and carefully remove and serve it with a maraschino cherry or a strawberry. Enjoy!


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