Srilankan parippu curry

Srilankan parippu curry

Parippu or dals form a good source of proteins for most vegetarians. We have over 50 different varieties of dals, beans, and legumes around India and Srilanka. It features a lot in our dishes like soups, stews, curries or just the comfort of rice and dal bowls. Coming to the south of India, we call these daals as “parippu”. Parippu curry is therefore the simplest version of daal that we make.

Srilankan parippu curry

The parippu curry in SriLankan cuisine is the antidote to the fiery side dishes. Combined with the sweet-tasting red rice, the parippu curry forms the base to transcend the spice mixes of the side dishes to an exotic island feel. Made with soft-cooked masoor dal the parippu, is tempered generously with a roasted mix of spices, shallots, garlic and curry leaves. The faint notes of creaminess from the coconut milk make this the best partner to all those fiery side dishes.
Try the parippucurry with thakkali sambolathibattu mallung and wambatu moju. You will love the textural difference in each of the dishes and the combination making it a meal with lasting memories. So gather up the ones close to you and cook up a storm.

daal parippu curry
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Srilankan parippu curry

The gluten free, parippu curry in SriLankan cuisine is the antidote to the fiery side dishes. Combined with the sweet-tasting red rice, the proteinn-rich parippu curry forms the base to transcend the spice mixes of the side dishes to an exotic island feel.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Srilankan, Winter


The lentil base

  • 1 cup red lentil masoor
  • 2 cups drinking water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 small green chilli ( optional)
  • 1 cup coconut milk

The tempering

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1-2 medium dry red chillies
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced.
  • 1/2 medium tomato sliced.


  • Wash and add the lentils to a heavy bottomed stock pot.
  • Add the salt, green chillies and water and set it to cook.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • As it cooks the lentil will become soft and mashable.
    cooked daal.
  • Add the coconut milk and simmer for another 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Set a frying pan and add the coconut oil to warm.
  • Add the mustard seeds and as they crackle add the red chillies.
    tempering the daal curry.
  • To this add the garlic, curry leaves, onions and tomatoes and saute.
  • Once the onions caramelize, remove from heat and add this to the mashed cooked dal.
    parippu curyy with tempering
  • Mix well and the parippu curry is ready to serve.
    Srilankan parippu curry
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2 years ago

This looks delicious, curious about it’s taste.

1 month ago

I make something similar and loved the daal curry. Addition of coconut milk gives this daal a nice and unique flavor. Though I love Indian daals, would not mind this dal occasionally.

1 month ago
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I tried another variation of Srilankan Parippu Curry a few years ago, but I think the coconut milk lends both creaminess and characteristic aroma to this. bookmarked to try soon, Seema

Jayashree. T.Rao
1 month ago
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Addition of coconut milk is the highlight of the dish. I have never made this way, it must be so flavoursome. Bookmarked.

Mayuri Patel
1 month ago
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Another version of dal to add to my collection. Love anything with coconut and also that this Sri Lankan style of dal is mild and not too spicy.

1 month ago
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Srilankan Daal is now my favourite way of making daal. I made this daal after reading your recipe and the daal bowl is shining because it is wiped clean. Hubby used bread to soak up the leftovers!! thank you.

Neha (My Culinary Expressions)
Neha (My Culinary Expressions)
1 month ago
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Lovely srilankan daal parippu curry. Quite similar yet something different than what we usually make. Would love to try it out with coconut milk.

Priya Srinivasan
1 month ago
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Oh loved this flavorsome Srilankan parippu curry! Masoor dal as such has an amazing flavor when cooked with coconut, it takes it to another level! Thanks for this brilliant recipe seema, this was a hit at home and kids loved it !

Sarika Gunjal (SpiceZone)
1 month ago
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This is something different. Would love to try soon as masoor is my fav and would love another variation

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