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Srilankan Parippu

Srilankan Parippu curry

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Srilankan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Hema Magesh


For the Dhal

  • 1/2 cup red lentils (masoor dal)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • a pinch turmeric powder
  • few drops castor oil (optional)

Substitute for roasted curry powder

  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilly powder
  • a pinch turmeric powder
  • a pinch hing
  • 1/2" cinnamon
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 2 cloves
  • a pinch fennel seeds

Rest of the ingredients

  • 10 sliced pearl onions(or 1 big onion)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1/2 cup medium thick coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • few drops lemon juice

For tempering

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/8 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch fenugreek seeds
  • 2 red chillies
  • 6-7 curry leaves


  • Take all the ingredients listed under for the dal in a pan and cook for about 15 minutes till most of the water evaporates and the dhal is cooked.
    Srilankan parippu preparation steps 1&2
  • Transfer this to a container, and in the same pan heat up 1 tbsp of oil. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, clove, fennel seeds,  thinly sliced onions, garlic and green chillies. The first four items can be omitted if you are adding roasted curry powder.
    Srilankan parippu preparation steps 3&4
  • Once the onions become fried, add the coriander powder, cumin powder, chilly powder, turmeric powder and hing. Again omit the coriander, cumin and chilly powders if you are using curry powder.
  • Fry the powders for  few seconds and add the dhall. Mix up well and let boil for around 3 minutes. Now add the coconut milk, let boil and simmer for 3-5 minutes. You may want to add water if you are looking for thinner consistency. Taste check for spices and switch off.
  • Heat up  2 tsps of oil, add the tempering items in order.Turn off flame once it splutters and finally add the curry leaves. Pour this over the dhal. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice. Mix well and serve with rice or flatbreads.