Spinach dal/Palakura pappu



spinach dal 


 Spinach (also called Palak in India) cooked like this with toor dal or split green gram ( Moong Dal )  is iron-rich and healthy.


  1. Spinach – half bunch
  2. Toor dal – 1 cup
  3. Green chillies – 4
  4. Tomatoes – 2 medium size
  5. Tamarind about the size of lime
  6. Turmeric -1/4tsp
  7. Salt to taste

For Seasoning:

  1.  Curry leaves -4
  2.  Dry red chillies -2
  3.  Cumin seeds1 tsp
  4.  Mustard seeds – 1tsp
  5.  Garlic – 2cloves or Hing – a little
  6.  Oil -2tsp


  • Soak tamarind in warm water and squeeze out the pulp.
  • In a pan  fry the toor dal with a tsp of oil till u get the nice aroma of dal.
  • Then cook toor dal, green chillies, turmeric and spinach (palakura) and tomato with sufficient amount of water in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles.
  • After the cooker is cooled off,mash the dal  adding tamarind pulp and salt in it.
  • Heat oil in a skillet, add mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves, mashed garlic cloves, red chillies. Add the seasoning to Spinach Dal (Palakura Pappu) and cook for 3-4 minutes.Serve hot with steamed rice and a spoon of desi ghee.

*U can use fenugreek(methi)leaves or any other green leafy vegetables instead of spinach and cook with the toor dal or moong dal(pesarapappu) the same method as above.

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