Palakura Pappu Andhra Style | Easy Spinach Dal | Palak dal South Indian Style | Andhra Palak Dal Recipe | How to make Palakura Pappu

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal Ultimate comfort food any day is a bowl of hot Rice & dal with a dollop of ghee. Palakura Pappu Andhra Style/Spinach dal is one such simple recipe with spinach leaves. It’s packed with protein, healthy and you’ll appreciate preparing it due to the fact it’s so easy & quick that anybody can cook it without going wrong.  

“Pappu” (in telugu) translates to “cooked lentils”, which has an exclusive place in South Indian Meals tradition, particularly in the Andhra Menu. Palakura Pappu Andhra Style is one such dish that is the most in-demand comforting and satisfying meals. 

Everybody has their very own form of this recipe. Like most of the Indian recipes, this is also extremely flexible. It is prepared in different ways with various lentils as well as spices based on the region where it’s cooked.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health. It is well known for its nutritional qualities and has always been regarded as a plant with remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. Lentils are loved by vegetarians and vegans because they are a great high-protein food, are rich in nutrients and have a hearty, dense texture. Hence, they are a great way to dial up the protein in your diet without breaking the bank — they are the most affordable vegetarian protein sources for many who follow a vegetarian diet.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

Lentils cooked with greens is a very good combination. If you manage to make it at least once a week, you are able to have very simple and nutritious meal. Hot rice and spinach dal make probably the most comforting and satisfying combo. It is an easy fix recipe for the days when you would prefer cooking a single dish rather than the whole spread.

Off to Palakura Pappu Andhra Style!!

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

 

Easy Steps to make Palakura Pappu Andhra Style:

  • Grab all the ingredients.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

  • First, clean spinach and wash under running water with 2 to 3 exchanges of water.
  • Finely chop spinach leaves and set aside.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

  • Wash lentils (toor dal/kandhi pappu/thoram paruppu) directly in the pressure cooker, which you are going to use to cook this dal.
  • Add 2 to 2½ cups water and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

  • Roughly chop onions into big chunks, slit green chillies and add to the lentils.
  • Now add chopped spinach and spread evenly over the lentils.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

  • In a separate bowl (pressure cooker safe), add tamarind, red chilli powder and roughly chopped tomato pieces.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

  • Place this bowl with tomatoes over the spinach. (basically this bowl should be smaller and fit into the cooker with dal).
  • Close the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles over high heat and then simmer to low for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Open the pressure cooker once the pressure subsides. 

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

  • Mash the contents in the bowl with tomatoes first and then transfer it to the spinach dal.
  • Now mash up everything together. Add a little sugar, required salt and water to get the desired consistency, whether thick or runny. In case you leave it as such with out adding extra water, then skip the next step.
  • In case you add water, then bring the contents to a boil over medium heat with constant stirring for 2 to 3 minutes and turn off the heat. Make sure the dal does not stick to the bottom, otherwise you get a burnt taste.
  • Transfer dal to a serving bowl.

Tempering the Dal:

  • Grab all the required ingredients for the tempering. Crush or chop garlic pods.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a small pan over medium heat. (I’m using oil)
  • When oil is hot enough, add garlic. Once garlic starts to turn light brown add red chillies, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds splutter, add a pinch of asafoetida. Turn off the hat and add curry leaves. Transfer the tempering to the dal and mix well.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

NOTE:

  • In case you want to make this dal without a pressure cooker, then soak lentils for at least half an hour. Add 4 to 5 cups of water to the lentils along with turmeric and cook covered ober medium heat till they become soft. Then add onions and green chillies, followed by tomato, red chilli powder and tamarind extract. Finally, add spinach leaves and boil till they are cooked. Add a little sugar, required salt and mix well. The lentils and all the other ingredients should blend well. If required add some more water while cooking. Cook in a deep pot because lentils tend to froth while cooking. If the mixture froths up, remove the lid and cook. Finally turn off the heat. For the tempering, follow the pressure cooker method.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

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Palakura Pappu Andhra Style prepared with spinach, lentils and few spices is probably the most comforting and satisfying combo when paired with a bowl of hot rice and a dollop of ghee.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian (South Indian)
Serves: 4 to 5
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Toor dal/ Pigeon peas
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 3 green chillies, slit lengthwise
  • 3 cups tightly packed Spinach, washed & roughly chopped
  • 1½ teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • Gooseberry size Tamarind
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt to taste
For Tempering:
  • 2 teaspoons Oil (or Ghee)
  • 4-5 garlic pods, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2-3 dry red Chillies
  • ½ teaspoon asafoetida
  • A sprig of Curry leaves
Directions
  1. Wash lentils in the pressure cooker.
  2. Add 2½ cups water, turmeric powder, chopped onions, slit green chillies and chopped spinach.
  3. In a separate bowl, add tamarind, red chilli powder and roughly chopped tomato pieces.
  4. Place this bowl with tomatoes over the spinach.
  5. Close the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles over high heat and then simmer to low for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  6. Open the pressure cooker once the pressure subsides.
  7. Now mash up everything together. Add sugar, required salt and water to get the desired consistency.
  8. Bring the contents to a boil over medium heat with constant stirring for 2 to 3 minutes and turn off the heat.
  9. Transfer dal to a serving bowl.
  10. Heat oil/ghee in a small pan over medium heat.
  11. Tempering: When oil is hot enough, add garlic. Once garlic starts to turn light brown add red chillies, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds splutter, add a pinch of asafoetida. Turn off the hat and add curry leaves. Transfer the tempering to the dal and mix well.

 

My Notes:

  • This recipe can be easily made with any type of greens.
  • Traditionally, we use for tamarind sourness, but you can replace it with lime juice. Add it towards the end after the dal cools down. Otherwise, you get a bitter taste.
  • Adjust spice levels with green chillies and red chilli powder to suit your taste.
  • Pressure-cooking dal saves time and retains nutrients.
  • Addition of sugar helps to balance out salt and sour flavours in a dish.
  • While cooking dal in a pressure cooker, do not bring tomatoes and tamarind (sour ingredients) in contact with lentils, otherwise the dal will not cook properly.

Palakura Pappu Andhra Style Spinach Palak Dal

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Padma.

2 Comments:

  1. Superb ! Very well explained and great pics! Keep it up Padma!

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