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Kerala Style Dal (Parippu)

Kerala Style Parippu - Creamy red lentils cooked with coconut milk and ground spices. Delicious to serve with steamed rice.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish, soups stews
Cuisine kerala, south indian
Servings 4 Servings


For the Dal:

  • 1 cup Masoor Dal (Red Lentils)
  • 1 Onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2~3 Green Chilies, slit
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp Ground Coriander

For Tempering:

  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 8~10 curry leaves


Cook Dal:

  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan; combine lentils with 2 cups of water. Add the onion, tomato, coconut milk, green chilies, turmeric, ground cumin and coriander; bring to a boil.
  • Simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are cooked and are very tender and mushy, it will take about 25~30 minutes. Add more water, if all the water evaporates.

Make Tempering:

  • Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the cumin and mustard seeds and once they start to splutter, add the onions and curry leaves. Cook till the onions are golden brown.
  • Pour the tempering into the simmering lentils. Season with salt to taste and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve!!