'Paruppu' usually refers to 'tuvar dal'. A tablespoon of ‘Paruppu’ is served at every feast.
‘Paruppu chaadham’-n-pappadam is a hot favorite with toddlers and is a healthy diet too. Steaming hot rice with 2-3 tsps of home-made melted ghee mixed with hot paruppu tastes divine with pappadam as side-dish! I remember my grandma serving me ‘paruppu-chaadham’ with ‘kutty pappadams’ – yummmmm …..I still relish two tbsps of 'paruppu chadham' occasionally! For that matter, my younger son would be happy with this course even when he was a teenager unlike my elder son who freaked out on all ‘koottaans’!
Tuvar dal – ¼ glass
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Salt to taste
Ghee – 1 tsp
Pressure-cook the tuvar dal with turmeric powder and a drop of oil - for 3 whistles.
Add required salt and mash well.
Add a tsp of ghee.
The dal will thicken on cooling. Add water if required, while serving.
Mix the dal with hot rice and ghee.
While preparing for a feast, just add an extra tbsp of ‘tuvar dal’ while cooking for sambar and keep aside 2 tbsps of the cooked dal and add salt and ghee to it to be served as ‘paruppu’.