Menthi Koora Pappu(Fenugreek leaves Lentil Soup)

Everyday we think what to make which gives good nutrition facts. Especially vegetarians has less choice when it comes to good source of protein. To get good protein and plenty of vitamins green vegetable dals/soups are best. Keeping all this in mind , today I made menthi koora pappu(Fenugreek Leaves Dal). This is very simple to make and very healthy.


1 cup of Kandi pappu (tur dal/red gram)
1/2 cup of dried Fenugreek leaves (you can use 2 bunches of fresh fenugreek leaves instead of dry leaves)
1 tomato ( cut into cubes)
1 pinch of haldi/turmeric powder
2-3 green chillies (split length wise)
small piece of tamarind pulp
Salt to taste

for tempering/popu/tadka:

1-2 red chillies
1/2tsp musturd seeds
1/2 tsp jeera/ cumin seeds
Curry leaves(Since U.S.A it is banned I didn't put it .)
Hing/ Asafoetida
1tbsp Oil


Cook dal in a cooker for 4-5 whistles, keep it aside. (Note: 1 cup of dal needs 2 cups of water to cook.)
In a seperate vessel heat oil add tadka/popu items once the musturds start spluttering add chopped tomato, green chillies and cover it with lid. After 5- 6 mts once the tomato is cooked add the cooked dal, fenugreek leaves, salt and pinch of haldi/pasupu/turmeric powder. After 2 mts add the tamarind pulp. Let it cook for 5-6 mts on medium heat. Once dal is cooked with all the spices, turn off the heat. Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves.
Serve with hot rice along with Papad or Vadiyalu. You can also eat this dal with rotis.
This dal is rich in protein and good source vitamins.


  1. i dont know whether u r a telugu r not..but i assume that u r complete telugu--mee blog chala bagundi.Malathi Chandoor raasina pustakalu dorakani ee "e-kaalamlo" ur blog is quite exceptional..keep more recipes if u have time.they r very tasty-remembring u while eating mango pulihora and the simplest bangaladumpa upma kura..u really made them simple..our uneducated mothers dont know how to 'teach' us the 'taste'..though they r the best in cooking.thanks again:) srinath

  2. Thanks Srinath for lovely comment. I am a Telugu person.