Sunday, June 24, 2012

Khichiya Papad And Lentil Curry

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This is a divine curry that tastes awesome with Lime Rice or Plain Rice. I had a whole packet of these sun-dried papad that prompted me to make this curry which is somewhat similar to my mom's and MIL's "Appala Poo Kootu". This is for the theme "Cooking with Sun-dried foods"
  • 25-30 Sun-dried Khichiya Papad/Papadam/Appalam
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Small Roma Tomato
  • 1/2 Tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Split Chick Pea/Bengal Gram, cooked/pressure cooked
  • 1-1/2 Tsp Ginger/Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder or more/less
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Corn Oil, for deep frying the Papad
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Cilantro
For tempering:
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Split Black Gram
  • 1-2 Stalk Curry Leaf
  • Pick 23-30 Papad and set aside.
  • Deep fry them for a minute per side. They shouldn't over brown.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Coarsely crush the fennel seeds and set aside.
  • In a Kadai, heat the Olive Oil and add the Tempering ingredients along with the coarsely crushed fennel seeds. Once the black gram browns and the mustard seeds start sputtering, add the chopped onions. Once the onions turn translucent, add the ginger/garlic paste. A few minutes later add "half" of the chopped Cilantro saving some for Garnish.
  • Add 80% of the pressure cooked bengal gram to the Kadai. Mash the remaining 20% slightly and add to the pan.
  • Add 3-4 Cups water or more(the papad absorbs all the water and thickens the curry) and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Add chili powder and salt. Check for taste. Add more of chili or salt if needed.
  • Halve a few of the fried papad and dump all of them into the curry.
  • Cook for 5 more minutes and switch off the stove. The papad continues to absorb the water and it turns out into a sort of gravy.Transfer this to a serving dish and garnish with remaining chopped Cilantro. Delicious with Ghee Rice, Lemon Rice or plain rice.

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  1. What an unusual curry, it looks delicious.

  2. I would enjoy this dish...Delicious. Very healthy too.


  3. The only time I have tried having papad in any other form is when my sister used to make papad puli kozhambu. This recipe looks very interesting. Very creative.

  4. Wow! this sounds lip smacking! Love the dal base for the curry.

  5. this looks so yummy...what an interesting curry

  6. totally new curry to me.... wondering if we can use roasted papads for this...

    delicious !

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  7. we make papad curry...but this one has a totally new concept..simply loved it..super one!! the addition of daal ..and fennel..too..awsum!

  8. very interesting and delicious curry...lovely step wise pics Harini!
    Thanks for this great recipe,will try it soon!!
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  9. Looks very tasty...I have bookmarked papad curry recipes from other blogs...but never tried..:(...bookmarking this too..hope to make it soon.....

  10. Wow!!!Something different....Want to try today itself...

  11. Wow that's so interesting..I have seen so many recipes with papad, never got myself to make it..this looks so good CL..

  12. Lovely dish CL, nice recipe. Love the clicks.

  13. Very interesting recipe. Looks so inviting...

  14. One of my favorite curries. We add potato also.

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  15. This recipe is totally new to me. But looks very interesting and delicious.

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  16. Simple and Delicious!!! Was Wondering if i can use regular cooked daal and then follow the same tempering process onwards! Will give it a try for sure!!

  17. Mom makes this curry quite often,but somehow hubby dont like it and am not making them nowadays, mouthwatering here CL.

  18. I have never tried making anything similar to this curry.You have tempted me now :).Dish looks awesome must be great with plain rice..

  19. Curry looks amazing..Love to have with plain rice :) Tempting pics .

  20. New and a very different dish alltogether

  21. lovely curry...reminds me of a friend who used to get this

  22. Looks amazingly yummilicious... :D

    Ash.. :)


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