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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spinach dal curry or palakura pappu

Hey guys I'm back with a new curry. Though many of you know about this, but would like to enter into my blog... Spinach Dal curry or Palakura pappu. Many of us do the same curry in many different ways like some pressure cook dal, some pressure cook dal and spinach together, some do directly on stove, etc And also many of us also do with different dals like toor dal, moong dal, etc. So here goes my version...!!!


  • Spinach 1bunch (cleaned and cut to small)
  • Monng Dal 1.5cup (Soaked in water for 30mins)
  • Tamarind 1/2cup (Soaked in water and made to paste)
  • Green Chillies 10-12 Cut to half vertically(According to your spice level)
  • Garlic Cloves 2 (Mashed)
  • Curry Leaves
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Corrainder Leaves
  • Hing 1pinch
  • Salt as per needed
  • Oil as per needed

1. Take a pan. Once it gets heated, add dal(soaked) and 4 cups of water. place a lid top.
2. Let the dal be cooked for 3/4th
3. Now add green chillies and Spinach.
4. Let the dal, spinach get completely cooked. Add turmarind paste and mix for 10 secs and then add salt as per your taste.
5. Now take a small pan and heat it. Add oil, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, hing, turmeric powder, garlic cloves, curry leaves and let it sit for 40secs or so (till the seasoning starts splitter.
6. Add the above seasoning to the pan containing dal mix.
7. Mix well and garnish with corrainder leaves.

Preparation Time:
30mins for Preparation


1. Can avoid turmarind paste if you don't like sourness.
2. Can add onions to your taste. How? Well, cut onion into small and add the onions to a tbs of oil before you add dal into the pan.
3. Instead of Spinach, you can also add any kind of leafy vegetable, ridgegourd(beerakaya), bottle gourd (Anapkaya), tomatoes, cranberries, raw mango.
4. If you are doing with tomato or cranberries or raw mango then no need of adding turmarind.

Sorry guys... photo is on its way...!!!