Sunday, February 24, 2008

Nimmakaya Pappu (Lime Dal)

Lemon and Lime…

The Lemon (Citrus × lemon) is a hybrid in cultivated wild plants. The lemon is used for culinary and non culinary uses throughout the world.The fruit is used primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind (zest) are also used, primarily in cooking and baking.

Lime is a term referring to a number of different fruits (generally citruses), both species and hybrids, which are typically round, green to yellow in color, 3-6 cm in diameter, generally containing sour pulp, and frequently associated with the lemon. Limes are often used to accent the flavors of foods and beverages.

This is my submission to JFI-Lime/Lemon event hosted by Coffee of


Toor dal-2 cups
Lime juice-1/4 cup
Chopped green chillies-4
Chopped onion-1
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Red chilli powder-1 tablespoon
Garlic cloves-2
Salt-1 tablespoon
Oil-2 tablespoons

For Seasoning:

1 teaspoon mustard seeds, one teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon urad dal, 1 teaspoon gram dal, ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds, 3-4 dry chilly pieces and a few curry leaves


  1. Wash the dal and cook until it becomes soft.
  2. Add chopped green chillies, chopped onion, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt to it and cook it for five minutes on a medium flame.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add the dry chillies, garlic, gram dal, urad dal, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  4. Let them splutter and add it to the dal and cook it for two more minutes. Turn off the stove and mix it with the lime juice. It is not advisable to cook the dal after adding the lime juice because it makes the dal taste bitter.
  5. Serve with hot rice and papad. I fried the store bought sabudana papad.

Don’t forget to add one teaspoon of ghee while having it...:)


Uma said...

Looks so delicious! What a nice entry! I can smell it from the pic.

Sagari said...

never heard of nimmakaya pappu ,it looks really delecioussss

Asha said...

I always add 2 tsp of ghee to the dal when I am done cooking, it does make everything tasty!:)
Lime dal is a great entry, good one Vijaya.

Kalai said...

Love the addition of lime juice to the dal! That little tang would do wonders for the flavor! :)

Dhivya said...

wow!looks to me..will try them for sure

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

thanks for passing by and you have just increased my desire to make lime dal. Liked the words 'nimmakaya pappu' and pronouncing it.

Seena said...

How are you Vijaya, Hope you could manage home and job together.. :)
I too make dal like this, hope to replace lime instead of tomato.. Have bookmarked your murukku recipe, am craving for it, but very lazy to try.. :)

Daily Meals said...

The lime juice did give a nice flavour and taste to dal Uma!

This is my mother's recipe Sagari! Even my sister makes it frequently.

Daily Meals said...

Yes, Asha! Ghee really improves the taste of dal. I like to add more ghee while having dal rice.

I agree with you Kalai!

Daily Meals said...

It's really tasty Dhivya! Please do give it a try:)

Hi Anamika! It's very simple to make. I hope you give it a try. 'Nimmakaya Pappu' is a Telugu word.

Daily Meals said...

Thank you Seena! I am fine. Somehow I am managing the house work and the job. The only thing is that I cannot spend as much time on my blog as I used to earlier.

Menu Today said...

Hi Vijaya,

Usually I addlime juice to the plain and Masala Dal. Perfect entry.

Daily Meals said...

Thank you Menu Today!

Ramki said...

Am blogging your Pappu as a model recipe in the 1001 Andhra curries cookbook at


Daily Meals said...

Thank you Ramki!