Dosakaya Pappu




Toor Dhal (lentils): ½ cup

Dosakai / Dosakaya: 2 small (please taste each veggie, they might be bitter) cubed into big chunk

Onion: 1 medium sliced

Tomato: 1 medium diced

Green chillis: 3 or 4 according ur taste

Red Chilli powder: 1tsp

Turmeric: ¼ tsp

Tamarind paste: ½ tsp or less according your tang taste diluted in ½ cup of water

Salt: according ur taste




Mustard seed: 1 tsp

Cumin: 1tsp

Curry leaves: few leaves

Hing/asafoetida: a pinch

Oil: 1 tsp




  • Pressure-cook the dhal with at least 2 cups of water for about 4 whistles and keep aside
  • In the same pressure cooker, heat the oil and do the following seasoning
  • Add the sliced onion, green chillis and cook until they turn translucent
  • Now, add the tomato, dhal, dosakaya chunk, turmeric, chilli powder, and tamarind juice.
  • Adjust the salt level and tamarind level according ur taste buds.
  • Close the lid and just leave a whistle and remove immediately from the stove.
  • Yes, if u leave a long time, the veggie will disappear in dhal!
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves (optional)


Enjoy the dhal with hot rice, with the touch of ghee and some fiery pickle.


Note: the dhal should be thick!