Vankaya Pappu Recipe - Andhra Style

ByReddamma Don18th Aug 2023, 2023-08-18T08:45:00+05:30
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Vankaya Pappu Recipe - Andhra Style

Here's a recipe for Vankaya Pappu, an Andhra-style lentil and eggplant curry:


  • 1 cup toor dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 2 small eggplants (brinjals), chopped into cubes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Few curry leaves
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Wash the toor dal (split pigeon peas) thoroughly and pressure cook it with 2 cups of water until soft and mushy. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan or kadai over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Allow them to splutter.
  3. Add the chopped onions and green chilies. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
  4. Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute until the raw smell disappears.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and mushy.
  6. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes.
  7. Add the chopped eggplants (brinjals) to the pan and mix well to coat them with the spice mixture.
  8. Add a little water, cover the pan, and let the eggplants cook on low heat until they become soft and tender, stirring occasionally. It may take around 10-15 minutes.
  9. Once the eggplants are cooked, add the cooked toor dal (split pigeon peas) to the pan. Mix well and simmer for another 5-7 minutes.
  10. Adjust the consistency by adding more water if needed. Check for salt and spices, and adjust according to your taste.
  11. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Your flavorful Vankaya Pappu is now ready to be served. It pairs well with steamed rice or roti. Enjoy this comforting and delicious Andhra-style lentil and eggplant curry.

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