Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tomato poppu

Tomato poppu is a household preparation in Andhra Pradesh. Poppus are prepared on a regular basis using any vegetable on hand. They make a great accompaniment with rice. Sometimes spice powders like poppula podi ( Chutney pudi ) or pickles make a great combination when mixed with the poppu & rice. Try this poppu and you will surely like it.


Thoor Dhal / Red gram dhal - 1/2 cup
Onion - 2 medium size , diced
Tomato - 2 diced & 2 quartered
Tamarind - 2'' piece
Green chillies - 1 tbsp, chopped
Red chilly powder - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Dhaniya / coriander powder - 1tsp
Jeera / cumin powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Tempering -
Oil - 2 tsps, mustard, Jeera, curry leaves, a pinch of hing.


Pressure cook the dal , onions and the tomato quarters in enough water till mushy.
Place the green chillies and tamarind in a small cup and pressure cook along with the dal.
Remove the skin from the tomato quarters & mash it well along with the dal.
Extact the tamarind juice and add it to the dal.
Add in all the dry powders , sugar , cooked green chillies , salt and diced tomato and bring the dal to a simmer.
Transfer to a serving dish & mix with the tempering.
Tastes great with hot rice as well as with any rotis.


Can use chopped garlic in the tempering.
Traditional dal preparation does not use dhaniya, jeera , garam masala powders. Can omit them if you wish to do so.

Sending this to the 21st edition of MLLA hosted by manju ,which was started by Susan.


  1. lovely colored chutney...nice and tangy..