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June 2, 2018

Palak Sambar – Pasalai Keerai Sambar – Spinach Sambar Recipe

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Palak sambar
We make keerai sambar for rice at least once in a week. Usually I add Arai keerai or mulai keerai (Amaranthus) to make sambar. This time I prepared keerai sambar with palak / pasalai keerai / spinach. It came out well with a nice flavor. We liked it very much. This Spinach sambar can be prepared quickly as palak takes less time to cook. This palak keerai sambar is definitely a welcome change from my Dal palak and Palak kootu. Friends, do try this healthy, yummy palak sambar / spinach sambar and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make Tamil nadu style pasalai keerai sambar with step by step pictures.

Pasalai keerai sambar

Palak sambar - Spinach sambar - Pasalai keerai sambar

Palak sambar - Spinach sambar - Pasalai keerai sambar

Palak sambar - Spinach sambar - Pasalai keerai sambar

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar recipes
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Palak / Spinach / Pasalai Keerai - 1 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/3 cup
  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1 to 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Big onion / small onions - 1 no / 15 nos
  • Curry leaves - Few
To Temper
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds / methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 no
  • Asafetida / Hing - 1/4 tsp


  1. Wash and chop palak roughly. Soak tamarind in 1 cup water.
  2. Pressure cook toor dal in enough water and mash it.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper and saute onion, curry leaves.
  4. Saute palak and add tamarind extract, sambar powder, salt and turmeric powder.
  5. Let it boil for a minute. Lastly add the cooked dal and boil for few minutes.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and serve hot with plain rice adding ghee. Enjoy !


  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup warm water for 15 minutes. In the mean time, take the toor dal, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil in a pressure cooker. Cook in low flame for one whistle. Open the cooker after steam is released. Mash the dal and set aside. Wash and chop the keerai roughly. Keep it aside. 
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  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds, urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves. Saute onion till transparent.
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  • Add the chopped palak and saute till the keerai shrinks in quantity. Add 1 cup of tamarind extract, sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt and hing.
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  • Boil till onion & palak cooks well. Then add the cooked dal and boil for a minute. Add more water and adjust the consistency of sambar.
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  • Switch off the flame and transfer the sambar to a bowl. Serve hot with plain rice adding few drops of ghee.
  • Enjoy!
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  • Adjust the amount of sambar powder and red chillies as per your taste.
  • Do not use tomato as the combination of palak and tomato is not good for people with kidney stones.
  • For variations, replace sambar powder with 1 tsp of red chilli powder and 1/2 tsp of dhania powder.
Try this easy, yummy, healthy Palak sambar for rice and enjoy with your favorite poriyal / curry and appalam / papad !
Spinach sambar recipe

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msahomeworkhelp said...

palak sambar is my weakness. i just love it so much but i do not know how to make this but your blog solve my all problems. i try this with your recipe and follow your instructions. its very tasty. so thanks dear.

Chitra said...

Thank you !