Festive Preparations Can Be Simple, This Parippu Curry Is Proof
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Parippu curry is a dish that originated in Kerela. It is usually made with moong dal and coconut. There are other dals that can be used depending on the availability. It is one of the main dishes served during the feast at the Onam Sadhya. Moong dal is cooked well and then concocted with coconut-chili paste. The Parippu curry is tempered with coconut oil, mustard, curry leaves, and shallots. It’s a dal mixed with hot steaming rice. 

One of the major limelight of the festival of Onam is the Sadhya which is also referred to as Onasadya. An array of Kerala delicacies are served on a banana leaf. Sadya means ‘banquet’. It is an elaborate feast that includes various vegetarian dishes, dishes with lentils, curries, pickles, etc. Parippu curry is at the center of this elaborate feast.

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Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


For Dal:

  • ½ cup moong dal (yellow split gram)
  • A pinch of turmeric powder

 For Ground Coconut Paste:

  • ⅓ grated coconut
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 shallot/ baby onion 
  • 2 green chili (as per taste)

 For Tempering:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 shallots/ baby onions
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves


  • Wash moong dal
  • Add turmeric powder 
  • Add 2 cups of water
  • Transfer to cooker
  • Cook the dal over 4- 5 whistles 
  • Once done let the pressure out from the cooker
  • Open the cooker and mash the dal with a muddler 

Preparing Ground Coconut Mixture:

  • In a grinder, add coconut
  • Add cumin seeds, green chili, and shallots
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of water and grind into a smooth paste
  • Once done set aside

Preparing the Parippu:

  • In a pan, add the ground coconut mixture
  • Add the cooked dal
  • Add salt and a cup of water
  • Mix everything well
  • Let this mixture cook on low flame for 5 minutes
  • Keep string at regular intervals to prevent it from sticking to pan
  • Once it has mixed well, turn off the heat

Preparing Tempering:

  • In a pan heat oil
  • Once hot add mustard seeds and let them sputter
  • Add shallots 
  • Add curry leaves and red chili 
  • Mix this till shallots turn golden brown
  • Once done, pour this mixture over dal

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