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Chintakaya Pappu Recipe / Raw Tamarind Dal Recipe

How to Make Chintakaya Pappu Recipe - A Traditional Andhra Dal made with raw tamarind, lentils and spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Andhra, Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 10 Raw Tamarind approx. 2 inch sized tamarind
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 1 Onion large
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 Dried Red Chilli
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Chana Dal
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • 1/8 tsp Hing
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Red Chilli Powder as needed
  • Salt to taste


  • Put the rinsed toor dal, turmeric and one cup of water in a pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistles.
  • Wash and pressure cook the tamarind with water for 3 whistles. Drain the water and let them cool.
  • Peel the cooked tamarind and discard the peel.
  • Add water to the peeled tamarind. Squeeze the pulp and extract the juice. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add the chopped green chillies, red chilli, curry leaves and hing and fry for a minute.
  • Then add the chopped onion and fry until light golden brown color.
  • Add the cooked dal, tamarind juice, salt and red chilli powder to it and let it boil for a couple of minutes.
  • Turn off the flame and serve hot with rice or roti.