Serves: Three. Preparation time: 15 minutes
1 Cup Pigeon peas (Tuvar dal, Kandi pappu)
3 Dry red chillies
3 Tsp Cumin seeds
1 Tsp Salt or to taste
1/2 clove Garlic
1. Dry roast the peas on low heat until they turn golden brown and give off an aroma, approximately 3 minutes.
Break up the dry red chillies into smaller bits and dry roast them on low heat until they are brown-black & give off an aroma, around 1 minute.
3. Dry roast the Cumin seeds on low heat until they turn darker & give off an aroma, it takes less than a minute. If making a small quantity, you can drop them into the roasting peas when they are almost done.
4. Crush the garlic clove and dry roast it until it turns golden in a few seconds. If making a small quantity, you can drop it into the roasting peas when they are almost done instead of roasting separately.
Grinding: When all the roasted ingredients cool down, grind them to a powder along with Salt.
6. Add some water and grind once again so that it is evenly mixed in.
7. Add water until the preparation looks a little runny. The peas soak up the water in a few minutes and the consistency improves.
Serve with hot rice and a generous topping of ghee.
This pacchadi goes well with Ullipaya pacchi pulusu. It is delicious when mixed into rice with Avakaya.
1. You may use a drop of oil while roasting the ingredients.
2. Stir the ingredients frequently during the roasting process to ensure uniform browning, make sure the heat source is low as the ingredients can get burnt within a few seconds.
3. Adjust dry red chillies, salt, Cumin to taste.
4. Some recipes include grated coconut.
5. This pacchadi is best prepared fresh before mealtime. If left over, the ground pigeon peas absorb the water & dry into a soggy lump. Hence, leave the almost-done pacchadi at step 5. Follow up on step 6 & 7 just before mealtime.
Culture & Health:
The term 'Pacchadi' usually conjures up the image of a fruit or vegetable in our mind. However, traditional Telugu cuisine has Pacchadis such as Kandi pacchadi, Pesara pacchadi, Nuvvula pacchadi which are made from grains/pulses.
This genre of pacchadis is rich in protein. Combined with rice, it makes a protein-carbohydrate balanced diet that only needs some fresh vegetable/fruit to supply vitamins. Hence, it is paired with liquid vegetable preparations such as Ullipaya pacchi pulusu, Vankaya pacchi pulusu, Menti pulusu, etc...
These pacchadis are prepared fresh daily in small quantities, they are also called 'Banda pacchadulu' (బండ పచ్చడులు) since they were traditionally just ground with a mortar-boulder using very few basic ingredients.
It is also eaten mixed into hot rice and Avakaya.
This preparation is a star item on the Chivukula family menu.
The recipe is courtesy Manju pinni.