This is a dish of yellow lentils cooked with unripe mango pieces. The tangy taste of the raw mangoes gives a delicious flavor to the lentils.  Mamdikaya means Raw Mango and Pappu means Dal in Telugu. This delightful curry comes from Andhra Pradesh, India.

Raw Mango dal is often served with rice, curd , pickle and rasam and this combo makes for a simple hearty comforting meal. This dish is really easy to make and requires ingredients often found in our pantry so come this summer do not miss out to make this delectable dish. This curry is equally good for health due to high nutritional benefits of Dal and raw mango

*Adjust raw mango quantity as per sourness of mango, you can add grated ginger or crushed garlic while seasoning for additional taste to the curry

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Raw Mango Dal/ Mamidikaya Pappu

Preparation Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 18 mins Total time: 33 mins

Servings: 4


  • 1/2 raw Mango peeled and chopped (adjust)
  • 1 cup Toor Dal (Split Pigeon Pea Lentils)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 21/4 cups + 13/4 cup Water
  • 1.5 tsp Red Chili powder (adjust)
  • 1 Green Chilies slit

For Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Ghee (Clarified butter)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Hing /Asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 dry Red Chili

Steps to prepare

  • Pressure cook dal with 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and 21/4 cups of water until done. The dal should be very thick. Mash and keep it aside
  • Adjust the quantity of raw Mango as per the sourness.
  • In a kadai (pan), add mango, 1 cup water, 1/4 tsp turmeric and green chilies. Bring to boil. Cover and cook until mangoes are tender. Don’t overcook
  • Add red chili powder, remaining turmeric and salt. Mix well
  • Add cooked dal with remaining water and mix well. Adjust the consistency of dal. This dal should not be watery, it should be slightly thicker
  • Boil and cook for 3 minutes. Switch off
  • In a small pan, melt ghee and splutter mustard seeds. Add dry red chilli, hing and curry leaves. Saute for few seconds. Add seasoning to dal and mix well
  • Serve hot with steamed rice
Raw Mango Dal/ Mamidikaya Pappu
Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions

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