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Pepper Dal – Milagu Paruppu for cold and flu

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


Recipe for pepper dal. Moong dal tempered with freshly ground black pepper and spices. Very comforting for cold and flu.


  • 1/4 cup moong dal
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil (Indian gingely oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped (roughly about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh black pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder


  1. Boil the moong dal with 1.5 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 4 whistles. Let the pressure from the pressure cooker settle on its own.
  2. Heat sesame oil (Indian gingely oil) in a pan. Add in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add in the onions and saute for couple of minutes.
  3. Add in the chopped tomatoes, salt and finely chopped curry leaves. Saute for five minutes.
  4. Add in the freshly ground black pepper, turmeric and coriander powder. Saute for a minute.
  5. Add in 1.5 cups of water and simmer the curry for 10 minutes on a low flame.
  6. Add in the cooked dal and simmer for a minute more.
  7. Serve hot!
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu