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traditional South Indian style Paruppu thogayal served in a white bowl placed over a wooden table. A tempering has been added to the Thogayal
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Paruppu Thogayal

Paruppu Thogayal; South Indian style lentil dip that tastes amazing when mixed with hot rice and a drizzle of sesame oil. Naturally vegan.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Accompaniment
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil
Servings: 3
Calories: 353kcal


  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 ladle
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 set of measuring cups and spoons


  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon broken white urad dal
  • 2 tablespoon chana dal
  • 8 grams tamarind
  • ¾ cup grated coconut
  • 10 dry red chilies
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt to taste

For tempering:

  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal
  • 2 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 12 Curry leaves


Roasting the lentils

  • Soak the tamarind in 1 cup warm water for 20 mins.
  • Drain all the water and set aside. Heat a pan with 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Add the dals and chilies and sauté till the dals are a light brown in colour.
  • Add the tamarind to this. Mix.
  • Remove from heat and transfer all the roasted ingredients to a plate.
  • Keep aside and let it cool.


  • When everything is cool, transfer them to a blender along with coconut and salt.
  • Pulse this mixture a few times to make grinding easier.
  • Once the mixture has been pulsed, add ¾ of the water and grind again.
  • If you find the mixture too dry, add the remaining water and grind again to a thick paste.
  • When done, transfer the ground Thogayal to a serving bowl.


  • Heat a small pan with sesame oil.
  • Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and when they pop, add the urad dal and curry leaves.
  • Wait for the Urad dal to become a golden brown.
  • When done, pour the tempering over the ground Thogayal.
  • Mix well. Serve with hot rice

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Nutrition values are provided here as a courtesy and are only a rough guide. Please consult a health care provider if you have any concerns.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 594IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
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