Senagapappu [chana dal]- 1/2 cup (soak for 1/2 an hour and cook with 2 cups of water.)

Onion – 2 medium size cut into 2 pieces

Green chillies – 4 slit

Finely chopped ginger – 1 1/2 tsp [mashed]

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 2 tsp

Jaggery – 1/3 cup [ adjust according to your taste ]

Tamarind juice – 3 to 4 tbsp [semi thick juice]

Water – 2 cups

Salt – 1 1/2 tsp


Oil – 2tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Dry red chilli pieces – 4

Garlic – 4 mashed

Curry leaves – few

*This recipe was handed over to me by my Mother-in-Law.


  1. Boil the soaked senagapappu with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 8 minutes.
  2. When the pressure releases mash it to a coarse paste.
  3. Add 2 cups of water, onions, green chillies, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, mashed ginger, salt, tamarind juice and jaggery.
  4. Mix well and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles. Switch off the flame and let the pressure release.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter and add all the remaning ingredients one by one.
  6. Fry for few seconds and add the cooked pulusu over the talimpu.
  7. Mix well and bring it to boil. Adjust the seasoning and cook on medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes.

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