Dappalam / Dhappalam ~ Traditional Recipe of Andhra Pradesh

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time:  15 ~ 20 minutes

Serves: 3 ~ 4 


2 cups of mixed vegetable like pumpkin, carrots, potatoes, eggplant, drumstick, green beans.

4~ 5 green chilies or to taste

1 medium size tomato, chopped

1 ~ 2 tbsp tamarind paste or to taste

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp jaggery or to taste 

1 1/2 tbsp rice flour

3 ~ 4 cups water or as needed

Salt to taste

For Seasoning:

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp asafotida / hing

1 ~ 2 string curry leaves


1. Boil vegetables except pumpkin with green chilies, turmeric powder, salt with required amount of water.  

2. When vegetables are half cooked, add pumpkin pieces and cook for few minutes until all the veggies are tender and make sure not to over cook the vegetables.

3. Add tomatoes and tamarind juice. Mix and cook for 2 ~ 3 minutes in medium heat.  When tomatoes become soft add jaggery and continue to cook.

4. In a separate bowl, mix rice flour with little water and make a lump free mixture. Not to thick or too thin. 

5. Add this rice flour mixture to the vegetable mixture. Mix and cook for another 4 ~ 5 minutes until gravy thicken to desire consistency (sauce consistency). Adjust salt to taste.

6. Heat kadai, add oil. When oil becomes hot,  add mustard seeds. Allow them to crackle. Then add remaining seasoning ingredients. Add this seasoning to the gravy. Enjoy with hot steamed rice.