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July 29, 2017

Pappu Unta Recipe – How To Make Paruppu Urundai Recipe - Varalakshmi Vratham Recipes

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Pappu unta in Telugu is nothing but our paruppu urundai recipe ( steamed lentil balls in English) made of toor dal and urad dal.In Telugu, it is called as Kandi pappu unta i.e toor dal balls. My friend Shalini told me to try this recipe during last year Varalakshmi Vratham. Some people in Tamilnadu and Andhra have the tradition of offering this paruppu urundai for Varalakshmi pooja. They offer 9 balls to God and add the remaining to more kuzhambu( Pappu unta majjiga pulusu).
Shalini shared her mom’s recipe with me which is different from Tamilnadu style paruppu urudai recipe. In this recipe, I have used toor dal and urad dal. Shalini gave some tips to make soft balls. I followed her instructions to the dot. The result was great. Paruppu urundai was very soft and tasty. I am yet to try majjige pulusu recipe. This time I had it as snack. Its also a good side dish for curd rice. Friends, Do try this paruppu urundai recipe for this Varalakshmi vratham festival and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make Andhra style paruppu urundai recipe with step by step pictures.
Do check out my Chettinad style paruppu urundai kuzhambu recipe, Varalakshmi vratham pooja procedure.

Pappu unta recipe / Paruppu urundai recipe

Chakkara pongali recipe

How to make Andhra style Pappu unta / Paruppu urundai recipe

Festival recipes
20 nos

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli - 2 nos (small)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing/ Asafetida - 1/8 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Cooking soda or Eno - A big pinch
  • Gingely oil - to grease idli plate

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and soak dals in water for 4 hours.
  2. Grind to a coarse paste without water adding grated coconut, chilli, cumin seeds, ginger and hing.
  3. Collect the batter, add finely chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.Add 1 tsp oil, pinch of cooking soda. Mix well.
  4. Make small balls and arrange them in a greased idli plate.
  5. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Switch off the flame. Remove after the balls become warm.
  6. Soft paruppu urundai balls are ready to serve !

Pappu unta / Paruppu urundai recipe - Step by step pictures

  • Wash and soak toor dal and urad dal in a bowl adding enough water. Soak for 4 hours.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Drain the water completely. Take the dal, grated coconut, green chilli, cumin seeds, ginger, hing and salt. Grind to a thick coarse paste without adding water.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Collect the batter in a bowl. If the batter is slightly watery, add 2 tsp of gram flour/besan flour and mix well to make it thick. To the batter, add finely chopped coriander and curry leaves.Add 1 tsp oil, a pinch of cooking soda and mix well.
  • Make small balls out of the batter and arrange them in a greased idli plate.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Steam in an idli pot for 10 minutes. Remove after it becomes warm else balls may break while you remove them. If the balls goes flat after cooking, water content is more in the batter.So add some besan flour and make it thick for next batch. For trouble shooting, take the warm balls and shape it round. If the batter is too thick and dry, balls may come out slightly hard. So batter should be thick yet moist just like masala vada batter.This is the key to make soft paruppu urundai.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Pappu unta/ Paruppu urundai is ready. Take 9 balls in a plate and offer to God. If you are adding these balls to more kuzhambu/ Majjige pulusu, you can add finely chopped onion, garlic to the batter if you like.


  • For Tamil nadu style paruppu urundai, add chana dal instead of urad dal. Use red chillies instead of green chilli while grinding.
  • If you are .
  • For variations, you can soak the urad dal separately. Grind to a smooth paste, remove in a bowl.Then grind the soaked rice+ poha + methi seeds to a smooth batter. Mix both the batter and ferment it.
Try this soft and yummy paruppu urundai recipe. Make some gravy with it or enjoy as a snack !
How to make paruppu urundai

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