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February 28, 2015

Palakura Pappu | Andhra Palak Dal Recipe in Pressure cooker

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Palakura pappu/Spinach dal is an Andhra based, simple and easy one pot recipe. It can be made under 15 minutes and its a super healthy dish packed with the nutrition of dal & palak leaves. I had tasted this once in Jayanagar, Nagarjuna restaurant. Long back, I shared this Palakoora pappu recipe tried from Sailu’s food in my Andhra Lunch Menu post. 

This time I tried it by getting the recipe from my friend Megha & I modified it slightly as per our taste. As her in-laws belong to Andhra, she makes this palak dal very often. Nowadays I make this for Sendhil’s lunch box whenever I don’t have enough time to prepare in busy mornings. Its a great recipe for Bachelors and working women. You can prepare this recipe at least once in a week and have a simple and healthy lunch. 

My friend made it spicy but I had reduced the chillies as per my family’s taste. Also Megha told me to add little tamarind extract at the end but I used tomato here. But I read in readers comments in Vahchef's site that palak & tomato should be not be used together. I don't know the actual reason for it. So I am planning to use tamarind extract or lemon juice in place of tomato from next time. Please enlighten me if you know the correct reason. Try this easy palak dal recipe for rice and enjoy !

Palakura pappu recipe

Palakura pappu recipe

Palakura pappu recipe Andhra style dal palak - Palakura pappu
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Palak/Spinach - 2 cups ( 1 big bunch)
  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind or Tomato OR lemon juice  - Berry size or 1 no (Do not chop the tomato)/ few drops
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Green chillies – 4 nos ( I used 2)
  • Ginger - 1 inch (finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – a pinch
  • Oil - a drop
To temper
  • Cooking oil or ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves - 5 nos ( crushed with skin)
  • Red chillies - 2 nos ( I used guntur chilli)
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Hing/Asafetida - a big pinch

  • Wash and chop the palak leaves finely.In a pressure cooker base, take the toor dal and add 1.5 to 2 cups of water. Add turmeric powder,roughly chopped big onion, one full tomato(optional) slitted green chillies ginger, ,salt, sugar and chopped palak leaves.{Here I used one tomato.But I read its not good to add palak & tomato together. So If uou don’t want to use tomato, use 1 tsp tamarind extract after cooking the dal and boil well}
  • Let it pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.After the steam is released,open the cooker and mash everything well using a thick ladle or whisk. Boil it to bring its right consistency.( If you don’t want to use tomato, add tamarind extract after opening the cooker now and boil the mixture  for a minute)
Palakura pappu
  • In a kadai, heat ghee or oil and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal,  cumin seeds, red chilli and crushed garlic cloves. Saute well for a minute and add them to the boiling dal.
  • Add tamarind extract if uing. Boil for a minute. After the dal becomes slightly thick and pourable, remove it and serve hot with rice adding a drop of ghee. Enjoy ! (Note : You can also add few drops of lemon juice instead of tomato or tamarind).
Palakura pappu

  • I read in Vahchef’s site by readers that palak & tomato should not be cooked together. I am not sure about the reason. So if you want to skip tomato, add thick tamarind extract only after cooking the dal palak mixture. You can also use lemon juice instead of tomato or tamarind. 
  • If using tomato, do not chop it and add to dal. Dal won’t be cooked well n mushy. So add it as whole tomato.
  • Make sure the dal is mashed well after cooking else the mixture will look watery and separate.
  • You can replace toor dal with moong dal too.
  • This palakura pappu can be done in another Heat oil in a cooker. Temper all the spices given above and then add onions, green chillies, ginger. Saute them for a while and now add the moong dal and washed palak leaves.  Add required water and salt. Pressure cook everything for one whistle in low flame.

Easy, healthy Palakura Pappu is ready to relish with hot rice n ghee !
Palakura pappu

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Priya said...

dal looks super yummy.never heard of palak can't be combined with tomatoes.any way now got to google search it hehe.

Chitra said...

Yeah,that was new to me too.i shud also search it :) said...

Never thought of adding palak and daal. Nice combination. Really great idea and the daal too looks fabulous.

great-secret-of-life said...

this is so comforting.. this is first time I am also hearing tomatoes cannot be combined with palak..

Shri said...

Very tempting and delicious looking dal Chitra.

Sundari Nathan said...

Very healthy and yummy!! looks very tempting!!

amu said...

Cooking palak n tomatoes together is said to cause stones in kidney or gall bladder, no further info on this though...

Chitra said...

Thanks for the info amu :)

Kiran said...

While it said that together Palak and tomato cause kidney stones, it's based on Individual body. Drinking more water, consuming food in moderate amounts will not cause harm. If one is already having issues, they may increase. I like tomato taste better than tamarind. I also use amchur and mango when available. Different taste.

Chitra said...

Thanks for the information !

NKR said...

Both spinach and tomatoes are rich in oxalate, which when combined with calcium forms calcium oxalate stones. They cannot be avoided completely from diet, but uptake is restricted, especially in case of individuals already having stones.

For regular people, there is no need to worry because our body gets only 10% oxalate from diet and remaining 90% is synthesized by our body itself. Every 100gm spinach gives only 0.97gm of oxalate/oxalic acid and every 100gms of tomatoes give 0.05gm.

So, for regular people better to check the portion size instead of completely avoiding them. Even doctors suggest the same. Avoiding leafy vegetables especially spinach is not a right option because it has high nutritional value which promotes vision and good health etc.

Chitra said...

Thanks for the info :)

Vatsala Shrivastava said...

tomato and palak together generates stones in kidneys

Chitra said...

Thanks for sharing :)

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for the detailed information. Its really helpful for us :)

Unknown said...

Love all ur recipe . Thank you 😍