But much before the fruits started appearing at dinner time, there would be a parade of green mango dishes such as mango chitranna (varieties of it), chutneys, tokkus, gojjus, rasam and of course the pickle. Nammamma never brought home the first mango until it was the New Year's day or Ugadi, the first mango had to be cut on that day and a delicious chitranna would be on the lunch menu, after that it was mango everyday in some form or the other. I have no such scruples (read weak will power) since I don't get raw mangoes all the time, I jump at them whenever I find them in my local grocery store.
We are still ways away from summer where we live, I am yet to find Spring in the air :-) but imagine my happiness when I found the local grocery store carrying fresh green mangoes the other day. It is difficult to decide which dish to prepare since we love everything with mango, but finally after much serious thought, family voted on the Mango pappu - very simple recipe for a flavorful, comforting dal I learned from Amma. This is how we make the mango pappu at home.
What do you need to make Mango pappu?
1 medium sized firm green mango - washed, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup toor dal/kandi pappu
2-3 greeen chilies, slit lengthwise
1/2 Tsp turmeric/pasupu
1 Tblsp salt (adjust to taste)
2 cups of water to cook
1 Tsp cooking oil
1 Tsp mustard seeds/aavaalu
1 Tsp cumin seeds/jeelakara
1/2 Tsp fenugreek seeds/menthilu
A generous pinch of asafoetida
2-3 curry leaves
2 dry red chilies - broken into half
How do you make Mango pappu?
- Wash the dal, add the mango pieces, slit green chilies and turmeric, cook it in your pressure cooker until the dal is soft.
- Once the steam is off, open the pressure cooker, add salt and mash the dal lightly with a spoon.
- Heat oil in a small pan - add the asafoetida, mustard, cumin, fenugreek seeds along with the red chilies. Let the seeds splutter.
- Add curry leaves just before switching off.
- Pour the sizzling popu in to the cooked dal, give it a good mix.
- Serve it with hot rice and ghee and dig in.
- Use garlic in seasoning if you favor the garlic flavor.
- On our recent trip to India, BH's cousin's wife served us with a delicious mango pappu with tomatoes added in, it tasted great too.
- I sometimes use moong dal/pesara pappu instead of toor dal.
- Get fresh green mangoes that are firm and tart for best taste.
- Adjust amount of mangoes based on how tart you like your dal, the mangoes I had were slightly sour and I used 2 of them.