What is Parippu?
Parippu curry is a simple tadka style dal made from split yellow moong beans (see above). A golden creamy gravy with a slick of vibrant, spiced buttery tadka drizzled on top. It’s a simple, filling dish that’s essential for any Indian feast, but just as at home on its own, drizzled over fluffy basmati rice.
The different types of parippu
Parippu comes in many guises - In my recipe I feature the most commonly used lentil, moong dal, the hulled version of the dried moong bean (mung bean). It looks a little like a split yellow lentil. Moong dal the perfect lentil because it breaks down quickly and forms a creamy texture with a light, nutty flavour. But Parippu curry isn’t limited to moong dal - it's cooked using a wide variety of lentils, each bringing its own personality to the final dal - here are just a few:
- Kadala Parippu (Chickpeas)
- Uzhunnu Parippu (Urad Dal)
- Sambar Parippu (Toor Dal)
- Thuvara Parippu (Toor Dal)
- Cheruayar Parippu (Mung Bean)
- Parippu Pradhaman (A parippu made into a dessert with copious amounts of sweet jaggery and fruit).