Paasi paruppu thovaiyal, moong dal thogayal with coconut, best combo for vathal kuzhambu, rasam and curd rice. Can also be mixed with rice, sesame oil. Full video, step by step pictures recipe.
My brother is a big fan of thovaiyal amma makes. More of the kothamalli thovaiyal sort of tangy thovaiyal she makes. What special about ammas thovaiyal those days was the ingredients were fresh, locally sourced, ground in ammi (Indian mortar pestle). She adds lots of tamarind and balances with chilli and salt perfectly. Tastes great with hot steamed rice and sesame oil.
Paruppu thovaiyal also ground in ammi, she says it takes lot of time to get ground. I have always eaten the version I posted earlier. But her sister (my periyamma’s place) they make this moong dal/ paasi paruppu version which includes coconut. My mami also always makes this version with coconut.
Initially when I started making this on my own, I used to get it terrible taste, then later found out I was not roasting it properly. Though I roasted for long time, it stayed raw. So make sure you too roast well if you try this.
Paasi paruppu thovaiyal method:
- Dry roast moong dal, red chilli and asafoetida until moong dal is deep golden in colour. You have to make sure to keep the flame in low or medium once it starts browning so that it gets roasted well evenly. Take care not to burn. Once golden in colour, add garlic flake and mix for 30 seconds.
- Transfer to a plate for cooling. Once cooled, place grated coconut, salt and cooled roasted items in the mixie.
- First powder and then add water to make a thick and fairly coarse paste.