Nadan Parippu (Paruppu) Curry / Coconut Dal Gravy

Nadan Parippu (Paruppu) Curry / Coconut Dal Gravy is a traditional Kerala curry that is served during the celebration of the Kerala festival Onam as one of the Sadya feast gravies. This recipe is pretty straightforward and basic, but it’s definitely one of those super cozy and comforting simple gravy. If you flavor it right by blending in things like Coconut, Green chili, Cumin, and Shallots, then incredibly delicious things will happen! Of course, if you finish it off with seasoning and drizzle a little ghee over the paruppu curry at the end, it will make for a perfectly yummy Nadan Parippu (Paruppu) Curry / Coconut Dal Gravy.

You can also check out my other Onam Sadya recipes.

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Nadan Parippu (Paruppu) Curry / Coconut Dal Gravy

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes


I have a bite-sized video to show you how to make this recipe.


  • Moong dal – ½ cup
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Water – As needed
  • Salt – to taste

To Grind:-

  • Coconut – ½ cup
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Green Chili – 2
  • Shallots (Small Onion) – 2

To Temper:-

  • Coconut Oil (or) Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Red chili – 3
  • Asafoetida (Hing) – a pinch
  • Shallots (Small onion) – 4, sliced


  1. Heat a pan and dry roast the Moong Dal for 2 minutes.
  2. Now transfer it to a pressure cooker. Add Turmeric powder and water.
  3. Pressure cook it for 5 whistles.
  4. Once the pressure gets released, open the cooker and mash the cooked Moong dal well, and keep it aside.
  5. In a blender, add Coconut, Shallots (Small Onion), Cumin seeds and green Chili.
  6. Blend it well into a smooth paste by sprinkling some water.
  7.  Add it to the mashed Moong dal and mix it till it blends well. 
  8. Heat oil or ghee in a pan, add the items given under ‘To Temper’.
  9. Sauté till the Onion turns brown and crispy. 
  10. Add it to the Paruppu curry and mix it well.

Nadan Parippu (Paruppu) Curry / Coconut Dal Gravy is now ready to serve with hot cooked rice for Sadya!


  1. If the gravy becomes thick, add water when serving as per your desired consistency and reheat on stove top or microwave.
  2. Grind the Coconut into a very fine paste or else the gravy will have crunchy pieces, and you won’t be able to relish the full flavor.
  3. Drizzle some ghee on the gravy when serving it with rice.

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