Pappu Charu -- How to make Pappu Charu Recipe

Pappu Charu
Pappu charu is a complete Andhra recipe, a good accompaniment to hot piping rice. I have learned it from my friends. They normally add all other vegetable like carrot, okra, baingan etc., also, but I prefer to add only onion and garlic. We need to make a special powder for this. It is called sambar karam. Of course that can used in other curries. Those who taught me use it in other curries also. 
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Recipe Category: Side Dish for Rice
Recipe Cuisine: Andhra 
Serves: 4 people


  • Onion - 1 Big
  • Garlic Cloves - 10 to 15
  • Tamarind Juice - 1 cup
  • Toor Dal / Lentils - 1 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Saambaar Kaaraam - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli - 1
  • Curry Leaves - 5 to 7
  • Oil - 1 tbsp


  1. Soak tamarind in water for half an hour and squeeze juice out of it. 
  2. Pressure cook toor dal for three whistles and mash it and keep it aside.
  3. Chop onions, peel garlic. 
  4. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli and curry leaves.
  5. Add garlic, fry for a while.
  6. Add onions and fry for a while.
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  7. Once onions turn translucent pour tamarind juice. 
  8. Add salt and turmeric powder. Pressure cook it for two whistles.
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  9. Once cooled add saambaar kaaraam and red chilli powder.
  10. Allow it to boil, add toor dal. 
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  11. Allow it to rolling boil for two minutes.
  12. Serve hot spicy pappu charu with hot piping rice.
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