Click the image to view and print the cookbook. This cookbook lists variations of the following Paruppu Thogayals ( roasted and ground lentil - chili paste) from Tamil cuisine
0.: Ver Kadalai Thogayal
1.: Pattani Kadalai Thogayal
2.: Uppu Kadalai Thogayal
3.: Paasi paruppu Thogayal
4.: Kadalai paruppu Thogayal
5.: Tuvaram paruppu Thogayal
6.: Kollu Thogayal
7.: Ulutham paruppu Thogayal
Paruppu Thogayal :
When roasted lentils are ground into a powder with dry red chilies , we get a podi. When they are ground to a paste with water, we get paruppu thogayal. Mung dal, Tuvar dal and Chana Dal are most commonly used for traditional paruppu thogayals. But a variety of other paruppu can be used to cook up delicious thogayals. Unlike a podi, a paruppu thogayal cannot be stored for long. Refrigerated, they last for a week. They can be eaten mixed with rice and ghee / sesame oil. They also serve as an excellent side dish for Milagu rasam / Milagu kulambu / Vatral Kulambu / Kaara Kulambu & kootu. Rasam, Parupu Thogayal and sutta appalam is a very popular combination.
Paruppu Thogayal :
· After roasting lentils, soak in water for 10 minutes for a softer thogayal.
· Heat a spoon of oil. Add two pinches of mustard and 3 curry leaves. Mix in with thogayal for an extra burst of flavour.
· Ver Kadalai / Uppu Kadalai / Pattani are available in shops selling puffed rice. These are already roasted and so can be used to create instant thogayals.
· If you make paruppu thogayal without coconut / tamarind / garlic / other strong flavourings, it becomes a pathiya thogayal, and can be served to invalids.
· Instead of roasting lentils, you can also stir fry them with a bit of oil to create thogayals with a different taste. Fried mung dal / Chana dal / Peanuts are available as snacks and you can use them to make instant thogayals.
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Since Paruppu thogayals are built on red chiles & lentils, the chili part of them take them to Kitchen Chronicles' "Think Spice- Red Chilies", an event started by Sunita Bhuyan, and the lentils take them to Mosoon spice's MLLA, an event started by Susan.