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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.
Author: Pavani
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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!!
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