Palak Pappu Recipe, How to make Spinach Dal
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian
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Serves: 4 servings
Recipe for Andhra style Palak Pappu. Lentil curry made with spinach, dal and spices. Perfect side dish for rice. With step by step pictures.
For Cooking Dal
  • ½ cup moong dal
  • 1.5 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Other Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon sesame/gingely oil
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped (half a cup)
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped (half a cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sambar powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 cups palak, chopped
  1. Boil the dal with water and a little turmeric for 4 whistles in a pressure cooker. Wait for the pressure to release naturally. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chillies and asafoetida (hing). Let the mustard seeds splutter.
  3. Add in the finely chopped onion and garlic. Saute till the onions are slightly brown and the garlic is browned as well.
  4. Once the onions are slightly brown, add in the chopped tomatoes. Add in the salt at this stage. Add in the sambar powder and the coriander powder. Saute till the tomatoes are cooked and mushy.
  5. Add in the chopped palak and saute for 2-3 minutes until the palak is wilted and cooked well.
  6. Add in the cooked dal and simmer for a couple of minutes. If the curry is very thick, dilute with little hot water.
  7. Serve hot with rice and ghee.
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