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Pappu Charu/ Mild Sambar – Indian Lentil Soup Recipe

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Pappu CharuPappu Charu is a very comforting and easy to make traditional andhra lentil soup recipe. Serve it hot with hot steamed rice along with papad to enjoy it to the core!








Serves: 3
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins

  • Toordal (wash and drain the water) – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Onion (chopped) – 1 small
  • Tomato (cut in chunks) – 1 no
  • Tamarind (soak in water extract juice discard fibers) – 1 lemon sized ball
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Dry Red Chillies – 3 no
  • Green Chillies (slit) – 4 or to taste
  • Asafoetida – generous pinch
  • Jaggery – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Ginger and Garlic Paste – 1 Tbsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Cilantro (chopped) – 1 Tbsp


  • Pressure cook the toor dal with enough water and turmeric powder. Cook till mushy or 4 whistles. Soak the dal before cooking for getting this consistency.
  • Allow the pressure cooker to cool completely, open cover and mash the dal. Set aside.
  • In a sauce pan heat oil, add in onion and cook till translucent. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 30 secs.
  • Add green chillies, tomatoes, water, jaggery, 2 cups of water, tamarind,red chilli powder, salt and boil till tomatoes are tender.
  • Add cooked dal to boiling water. Keep that going. Meanwhile heat another tadka pan.
  • Into the tadka pan add oil and heat on medium. Add mustard seeds allow them to pop. Add cumin seeds, dry red chillies, asafoetida, curry leaves.
  • Add the tadka to boiling pappu charu and top it off with the cilantro. Serve with hot steamed rice.




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