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Beerakaya Pappu Recipe Andhra Style, Ridge Gourd Dal

A dal recipe made with ridge gourd/turai and is referred to as beerakaya in telugu is an andhra style dal recipe...
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dal
Cuisine: Andhra
Servings: 4 -5
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Asiya


For the dal:

  • 1 cup toor dal/toovar dal/pigeon pea
  • 2-3 medium size tomatoes chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 cups water

For the beerakaya/ridge gourd curry:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • salt - to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder haldi
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2-3 beerakaya/ridgegourd peeled and cut into pieces around 2-3 cups

For the tadka:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal/split black gram
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 3-4 dried red chillies
  • 4-5 curry leaves


For the dal:

  • Firstly, take a pressure cooker, into it, wash and add the toor/toovar dal.
  • Into it, add turmeric powder, chopped tomatoes, green chillies, oil.
  • Add water about 2 cups, mix and pressure cook until dal is cooked or for 3-4 whistles.
  • Reduce the steam, add salt and mash the dal.

For the ridgegourd:

  • Take a cooking vessel, into it add oil and heat it.
  • Add chopped onions and saute for few seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder and saute it.
  • Add chopped beerakaya/turai into it.
  • Add salt as per taste and mix well.
  • Do not add water while cooking as the beerakaya itself leaves water.
  • Cook the beerakaya/turai until it gets soft.


  • Into the mashed dal, add the cooked turai.
  • Mix it with a spatula.

Give the tadka:

  • In a sauce pan, add oil and heat it.
  • Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, urad dal and let it splutter.
  • Add finley chopped garlic.
  • Add dried red chillies and stir.
  • Add curry leaves and stir.
  • Transfer this tadka to the dal mixed with turai.
  • Serve the beerakaya pappu or turai dal with rice!!!


Calories: 220kcal
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