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Palakura Pappu (Cooked Spinach & Lentils)


There are few recipes which I never get tired of eating: Okra fry with lots of green chillies, Pappu (any recipe) & eggs (any recipe).But when it comes to comfort food, there is nothing more comforting than palakura pappu with steamed rice and a dollop of ghee (clarrified butter).

Palakura Pappu means “Cooked spinach & lentils” in telugu and it plays a vital role as one of the main sources of protein for vegeterians. Not too spicy nor bland it is a simple, wholesome and completely satisfying and delicious recipe where the garlic and red chilles tempering brings out the most amazing flavor.
I like it with plain or Brown rice but it also goes very well with flat breads.


  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 1 cup Spinch leaves (Chopped fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp of Lime Juice or tamrind paste
  • 2 table spoon Oil
  • 1/2 tea spoon Jeera
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 3 Red Chillies
  • 3 to 4 Curry Leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Cups of water

1.In a pressure cooker add 1tbsp oil. Once the oil gets hot add onions, green chillies and spinach. Fry it on low flame for few minutes.
2.Add Toor daal, lime juice / tamrind paste  and turmeric powder, mix all together properly.Now add water and close the lid of the pressure cooker and let it cook for about 3 to 4 whistles and then off the gas.
3.Let the pressure escape from the cooker and then open it. Check if the daal is cooked properly. If not switch on the gas and let it cook on medium flame till it is cooked. You may add additional water if  the daal is too thick. Add salt as per you taste and coriander powder and mix it properly. Remove from heat when they are well cooked.
4.Heat the reamining oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, garlic paste, curry leaves, red chillies and asafoetida. When it becomes brownish add this seasoning to the daal.
5.Serve palak daal with hot rice and ghee.

Bon Appetite!


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6 Responses to “Palakura Pappu (Cooked Spinach & Lentils)”

  1. This looks so healthy and yummy! I make something similar and it’s called Sai Bhaji. A mix of various vegetables like spinach, dill , tomatoes, potatoes and more.
    I would love to try this dish out. Thanks for sharing. You have a lovely blog.

    • Shruthi says:

      Thanks Asmita and you too have a beautiful blog. Palak daal is very healthy dish and very tasty, let me know your input after trying. ‘Sai Bhaji’ the name sounds little funny for me but the ingredients looks very interesting, I would definately like to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Venkat says:

    I like this picture….looks yummy….one of my favorite dish.

  3. shama says:

    Delicious …lovely space..following your blog

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