October 1, 2010

Palakoora Pappu ~ Spinach Dal

Palakura Pappu ~ Spinach Dal

Ingredients :

Spinach : 4 small bunches
Red Gram / Toor Dal : 1 cup
Onion : 1
Tamarind : Gooseberry sized ball
Green Chillies : 3 to 5
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds : 1/4 tsp
Chana Dal : 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal : 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chilli : 1 or 2
Salt to taste
Oil : 1 tsp
A pinch of hing

Method :

Wash the red gram properly with plenty of water. Put the red gram and two cups of water in a pressure cooker and cook till 3 whistles. Soak the tamarind in water for 10 minutes. Then squeeze the extract out of it and keep aside. Remove the stems from the spinach. Wash and chop the spinach and set aside. Peel and chop the onion into medium size pieces. Put the chopped onion, chopped spinach, chopped green chillies, turmeric powder and water in a bowl and cook for 10 minutes. Add the tamarind extract, cooked red gram, salt and red chilli powder to it. Let it cook for 5 minutes and switch off the flame. Heat one teaspoon of oil in a pan for seasoning. Add the mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, cumin seeds and let them splutter. When the seeds stop popping, add the red chilli and hing and stir for few seconds. Remove from the flame and pour over the dal mixture. Mix well and serve hot with rice or roti.


  1. spinach and dal.....interesting combination....

  2. awesome recipe! a very healthy and nutritious dish..

  3. Spinach dal looks delicious. I used make it.

  4. My any time comfort recipe. Looks so homey !!!

  5. Palakura pappu chala bavundhi hari,meeru onion vesthunnaru ,chala ruchi vasthundhi,nenu veyanu,eesari chesinappudu vesthanu.

  6. oh i love this dal ...my amma used to make this version for me ..urs looks yummy


  7. Yummy aakurra dish..love it any day

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

  8. Droolworthy and thick dal looks fabulous..

  9. healthy and delicious recipe dear....

  10. Love this combo..healthy and delicious

  11. This is a lovely combo.. Healthy too.. I love this ...

  12. Very Healthy and Tasty Looking Dal. Spinach is my favourite vegetable. Loved the color of the dal.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  13. such a delicious and healthy dal, yummy

  14. Dal palak is one of my fav, i usually prepare it atleast twice a month,so nice to have with rice...yours too looks yummy

  15. spinach is very good for health u made with daal nice to see...


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