Sunday, July 26, 2009

Parippu - Indian Recipe

Parripu is a lentil based dish that is essential to the Indian meal. The following recipe is from the south and is flavored with coconut, onion, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and curry leaves.

1 cup masoor dal (red lentils)
1 onion, chopped
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1/4 cup creamed coconut, mixed with 1 cup coconut milk (water may be used)
2 green chiles, diced
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 table spoons oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
1 onion, diced
9 curry leaves

Place the lentils in a saucepan with two cups of water. Add chopped onions, tomatoes, coconut milk, green chiles, turmeric, ground cumin, and coriander, and bring to a boil. Simmer and cook, stirring occasionally until the lentils are cooked down to a mash. This should take about one half an hour.

Heat the oil in a saucepan over a low flame. Add cumin and mustard seeds and heat until popped. Then add diced onion and curry leaves; cook until browned. Pour seasoned onions and curry into lentils. Salt to taste.