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Gongura Pappu - Andhra Sorrel Leaves Dal Recipe

How to Make Andhra Style Gongura Dal - Healthy and traditional sorrel leaves dal recipe from Andhra Pradesh.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Andhra, South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 2 cups Chopped Sorrel Leaves
  • 1 Onion, medium sized
  • 1 - 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 Large Garlic Cloves (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Chana Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 Dried Red Chilli
  • A pinch of Hing
  • A big pinch of Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder or as needed


  • Wash and pressure cook the toor dal with one cup of water and keep it aside.
  • Discard the sorrel leaves stems. Wash and chop the leaves and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, chana dal and urad dal and fry until golden brown.
  • Add the finely chopped or crushed garlic, hing, curry leaves, chopped green chillies and red chilli and saute for a few seconds.
  • Now add the chopped onion and fry until transparent. 
  • Add the washed and chopped sorrel leaves and saute well. Sprinkle little water if needed and let it cook completely.
  • Add the turmeric powder and cooked toor dal. Combine well.
  • Add little water to adjust the dal consistency. Add salt and red chilli powder and mix well.
  • Let it cook for a few minutes and remove from the heat.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice or roti.