Palak Dal | Spinach Lentil Dal | Palakura Pappu | Side Dish

Side dish: Spinach Dal/ Palakura Pappu

Servings: 3

Duration: 30 minutes

I’m introducing a healthy, delightful Indian dal which is a common recipe in every South Indian home 🏑 . This dal is pretty easy to make which contains skinless split pigeon peas we call them β€˜kandipappu’.

Lentil is an edible pulse & integrated from legumes family each lentil has their own vital role and when lentil combined with spinach or any other leafy vegetables. It enhances the taste of dal, as I love spinach and a must intake in our daily meal.

As I’m sure that you all know the health benefits of spinach/ Palakura if not you can check below details 😊

Nutrition facts of Spinach:

Vitamins: A, C, B6, E, K

Minerals: Sodium, iron, potassium, magnesium

Health Benefits of spinach:

  • High in zinc
  • Low fat & cholesterolΒ 
  • Acts as antioxidantsΒ 
  • High fiberΒ 
  • Good for cardiovascular, brain & lowers blood pressureΒ 
  • To retain high iron from spinach, add lemon juice/ vinegar in preparation.

I hope you could try this recipe and enjoy in your daily meal. Let’s start with Ingredients and follows Procedure


  • Spinach – 1 bunch – wash twice & chop
  • Red gram/ Skinless Split pigeon peas Β – 120 gms
  • Green chillies – 6 – slices
  • Tomato – 1 – Ripped – diced
  • Onion – 1 – Ripped – diced
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 Tb sp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 5
  • Garlic cloves – Peeled off & chopped ( or crush by using mortar & pestle)
  • Water – 200 ml [approx~]


  • Wash red gram lentils twice & Add in pressure cooker along with turmeric powder, chopped green chillies, onion, tomatoes & spinach leaves
  • Add 200 ml water & Cook for 2 whistles over medium heat
  • Let the pressure goes off. Meanwhile, prepare tempering
  • Heat tempering pan, add oil over medium heat
  • Thrn add mustard seeds , cumin seeds, garlic cloves and curry leaves
  • Saute till garlic changes color to light golden brown
  • Turn off heat and keep aside
  • Open pressure cooker and mash well
  • Next add tempering, salt & tamarind pulp
  • Mix well & cook for more 10 minutes over medium heat ( stir occasionally)
  • Turn off heat and serve with rice 🍚 or roti
  • Happy cooking πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ & Have a great day β˜€οΈ

Step by step process shown below with pictures:



  • Adjust salt & spicy level according to taste
  • You can make any leafy vegetables dal with the same process

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Love this healthy & comforting dal !

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      So happy to see your compliment.. thank u shifa πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

      Liked by 1 person

  2. My fav ramya.Love it when its done in mudpot.looks lovely.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      Thank u dear 🌸

      Liked by 2 people

  3. jyo says:

    Very handy and comfort dal RamyaπŸ‘Œ

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      πŸ‘ yes, absolutely jyo 😊 thank you

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Good way to make kids eat spinachz

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      Yes it helps out.. you can try
      Thank you 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  5. ooooohhhh, so yummy. I did Indian ginger coconut veggie curry today. It was a h it. This should be my next dish πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      I’m so happy to hear that! I hope you would like my recipes too 😊 thank you

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Jyoti Rao :) says:

    Love it over a bed of steamed rice and a generous spoonful​l of ghee ❀

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      Truly awesome taste.. πŸ‘ I ate in the same way dear
      Thank you 😊

      Liked by 2 people

  7. All time favourite comfort meal.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. My favorite especially during winters along with hot steaming rice

    Liked by 1 person

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