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Aug 15, 2013

Green Tomato Dal / Green Tomato Pappu / Tomatillo Lentils Curry

Today's recipe is simple, easy to make comfort side dish Dal curry using Green tomato / Tomatillo & Masoor dal/Red Lentils. This is a quick & simple recipe just involves cooking of dal and seasoning. This kind of simple recipes comes in handy to make our busy weekdays' lunch more easy and healthy. As it is a mild or less spicy recipe kids will definitely love it. You can serve this dal/pappu with rice and topped with ghee or sesame oil. My kids love this dal with rice and dosa. Best and easy side dish for rice to serve kids.

For a change, With the simple dal/Pappu i added tomatillos and the  Tomatillo pappu tasted mild tangy and delicious. I served this Tomatillo pappu with rice for lunch and rotis for dinner. Tomatillos more or less like the raw tomato in taste and i even tried chutney with it (to be blogged soon). Now off to the recipe..

Green Tomatoes and Tomatillos are not same, i mean here that you can use either green tomato or tomatillo for making this dal. So don't confuse that both green tomato and tomatillo are same.
  1. Masoor Dal / Tuvar Dal / Moong dal     1/2 cup ( i used masoor dal)
  2. Tomatillos   3 no.s (or you can use Green Tomato)
  3. Onion   few chopped pieces
  4. Garlic   2 cloves.
  5. Green chillies      2 no.s
  6. Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
  7. Salt    to taste
To Temper
  1. Oil     2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds   1/2 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds   1/4 tsp
  4. Hing     a generous pinch
  5. Garlic    1 clove(finely chopped)
  6. Curry leaves    1 sprig
  7. Dry red chilli    2 no.s (broken)


  • Remove outer covering from tomatillos, wash and chop and keep ready.
  • Wash dal and take it in a pressure cooker, add chopped tomatillos, onion, garlic, green chilli, turmeric powder and add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles

  • Once done turn off the stove and allow the pressure to cool down then open the lid and add enough salt to the dal and lightly mash it and transfer it to a serving bowl.

  • Now heat oil in a tempering pan, add mustard seeds allow to pop then add cumin seeds let it splutter then add garlic, curry leaves, dry red chillies, hing and fry well and add this tempering to Tomato pappu.
  • That's it...Tangy & tasty Green tomato Pappu ready. Serve with rice or rotis.


  1. i love green tomatoes. have not eaten it in ages.. have to hunt for it. don't see it here

  2. delicious pappu.neat clicks sis

  3. green tomato using vth dal is new one..nide idea n healthy dal dear..

  4. Superb dal Sangee, i have never tried to make dal with green tomato ;) wish i can find them here..

  5. Pappu looks very tempting dear..

  6. wow yummy and tangy dal looks super delicious dear :) love you food styling and clicks :)

  7. You are right. The curry is very simple yet delicious to look at curry.

  8. Green tomato dal is one of my favourite, i get rarely green tomatoes here but never failed to get them, love their mild tartness. Comforting dal.

  9. That looks soooo good! I'll make it tonight!

  10. Wow ... Soooper recepie, photo looks awesome, ... Bharathi


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