How to make dal (pappu charu) without tamarind?

This is quick and easy version of dal. My mother used to prepare this during late mornings. Lemon is the quick substitute for tamarind. However it tastes different from regular pappu charu, it got it's unique flavor in it.

Yellow lentils/ toor dal / kandi pappu- 1cup
onions chopped-1/2cup
Lemon juice-squeezed fresh from a large lemon
Cumin seeds- few
mustard seeds- few
red chili-1
Ghee/ vegetable oil-2ts
Salt to taste
Chili powder-1tsp

  • Take toor dal in a pressure cooker and wash them, add 2 cups of water and turmeric and cook for 3 whistles.
  • wait until all gas escapes from cooker and mash the toor dal finely.
  • Add lemon juice, salt, chili powder and mix well. Add little water and cook in simmer for few minutes.
  • Mean while prepare tempering  in a pan heat oil/ ghee and add cumin seeds+ mustard seeds + red chili and wait until they splutter.
  • Now add this tempering to dal and mix well.
  • The Pappu charu is ready to serve.

Hope you like my recipe :)
  • Note: you can still increase it's taste by adding green chili and tomato.


  1. Perfect with hot steamed rice,ghee n papad :)
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  2. I'm joining Aipi for this wonderful treat!!! Yummmm :)

  3. Yummy with hot rice and papad

  4. Dear DD
    How are you? It has been ages since I ate any kind of Charu, in fact had forgotten about it. Now I will make using your recipe.
    have a nice day

  5. Yum n nice ....adding lemon is gud idea

  6. I can survive for many days with this pappu charu, its been a long i used tamarind in my dals or pappus, i do add lemon juice to give a tanginess to this dal.

  7. Hey dat loooks gud...we normallly dont add tamarind or lemon to dal but u r temptg me

  8. Simply delish! Dal equals comfort food. I too make dal in a similar way.

  9. Looks like a beautiful dal...gorgeous color and I love the use of lemon here!

  10. I ve never used tamarind or lemon in dal.. Now I feel like I should try both...

  11. that sounds good and like the idea of replacing tamarind as I know a few people who are not big fans of tamarind. My attya's husband liked to add only tart tomatoes instead of tamarind to make sambar, so this is similar :)

  12. Thats a comfort curry... Never tried adding lemon though will try next time...

  13. Nice and wonderful !!

  14. we call this as lemon rasam..looks yumm

  15. Wow, seem great and yummy recipe, sure i will try this,

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