Friday, October 4, 2019

Paruppu Thogayal (Hummus-like Dal Chutney)

Mild and savory Paruppu Thogayal is a delicious hummus-like thick chutney or spread. It is practically instant because the dal is toasted and you don't have to prepare and cook the beans as in traditional hummus! It is usually served with tamarind flavored stews or kuzhambus like Vathal Kuzhambu I or II and Rasams. Paruppu Thogayal is wonderful with chapatis, toast, crackers, raw veggies, or mixed with freshly cooked rice or other grains. 

Frozen grated coconut is available at Indian and Latino markets. If fresh or frozen coconut is not available, use unsweetened dessicated coconut which is sold in Indian as well as middle eastern markets.

Makes about 1 cup


1/2 cup Yellow Mung dal or Toor dal
1/2 tsp Whole Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp Whole Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Sea Salt or to taste
1 dried hot Red Chile (optional)
1/4 cup fresh/frozen coconut


Toast the dals, cumin, pepper, and chile if using in a dry skillet without any oil until the dal is lightly roasted and fragrant; pour into a plate and let cool.

Place the toasted ingredients along with the coconut and salt in the carafe of a blender.

Add water a little at a time and process into a thick chutney.

Scrape into a serving dish and serve.  If not serving right away, keep covered in the fridge until needed.

Paruppu thogayal will stay fresh if stored in clean jars or containers with lids in the fridge for about a week.  Enjoy!!

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