Tomato Pappu-Andhra style Lentils with Tomato

Tomato Pappu, Andhra style Tomato Dal

Tomato Pappu, Andhra style Tomato Dal, a universally accepted recipe. Thakkali Pappu is the simple dish we make almost alternate days at home.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 31kcal
Author Sujatha Muralidhar



  • 1/4 Split pigeon pea /toor dal
  • 2 Tomato
  • 2 tbsp Onion   Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Chopped
  • 1 stalk Coriander Leaves  
  • 8 Curry Leaves

Ingredients for Seasoning

  • 1 tsp Cooking Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Skinless black gram /urad dal
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida


  • To make this recipe we need two ripen tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of chopped onion, a teaspoon of chopped coriander leaves, the teaspoon of chopped curry leaves and a teaspoon of chopped garlic.
  • In the medium-high flame, keep pressure cooker. Add a teaspoon of cooking oil followed by mustard seeds, urad dal and a small pinch of asafoetida. Wait until mustard seeds get splatter.
  • Once you started hearing the crackling sound of mustard seeds, add chopped onion and curry leaves and continue sauteing it. Wait until the onions turn soft and translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes when the onions turn tender.Stir and adjust the flame accordingly so that nothing sticks to the bottom, or getting burnt.
  • Add washed and rinsed Toor daal along with the 3/4th cup of water. Now add 1/4th teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook it in the high flame for two whistles, simmer the flame and continue cooking far another 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove pressure cooker from the stove and keep it aside for 10 minutes to release its pressure by itself. Now remove the lid, add a 1/4th cup of water along with half a teaspoon of a salt. Use ladle or wooden spoon mash the dal to make them look creamy in texture.
  • Serve Tomato Pappu hot with rice.


Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 50.8mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.4mg