Spinach with Moong Dal

14 Dec

Palakura Pesara Pappu Podi Pappu.

For spinach with moong dal, split moong dal is boiled in water till its just soft and whole but not mushy. Spinach is roughly chopped and lightly cooked in tempered oil till soft. Then boiled moong dal is stirred in as a final step. This spinach with moong dal is quick, easy and nutritious.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Spinach with Moong Dal.


Spinach 2 Cups Packed
Split Moong Dal 3/4 cup
Garlic 5 pods
Green Chiles 3 – 5
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste


Urad Dal 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Broken Red Chiles 3
Curry Leaves 6
Asafoetida a pinch
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Clean, remove hard stems and thoroughly wash spinach leaves.
Roughly chop the spinach leaves and keep aside.
Remove stems, wash and chop green chiles.
Peel and lightly mash the garlic pods.

Wash moong dal under water to remove any dirt.
In a small sauce pan, add moong dal and 2 cups of water.
Boil the water until moong dal is just cooked and soft from inside.
Strain the cooked moong dal and keep aside.

Heat oil in a wok, add mashed garlic and all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add green chiles and spinach leaves.
Cook covered for few seconds to let spinach leaves wilt.
Then, stir in cooked moong dal, turmeric powder and salt.
Fry for a minute and remove from heat.
Serve spinach with moong dal over steamed rice and a dollop of ghee, or any flat bread.
Notes: Make sure not to cook the moong dal until its mushy.

Suggestions: If moong dal is not cooked well, then sprinkle some water and cook covered on low flame till done. Or take care to boil the moong dal right before adding to the spinach leaves. Grind the green chiles into coarse paste for extra spice or add more green chiles and red chiles.
Variations: Use any other greens in place of spinach leaves. But make sure the leaves are cooked before adding the moong dal.
Other Names: Spinach with Moong Dal, Palak Moong Dal, Palakura Pesara Pappu Podi Pappu.

6 Responses to “Spinach with Moong Dal”

  1. Madhuri December 14, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    Thanks for this recipe ! Spinach pappu is boring as that is the only thing i make with it. I love to see dry curries with spinach as they are very healthy and i am sure very tasty too!

  2. Radhika Vasanth December 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    It looks like a perfect salad too apart from being the traditional Indian side dish.. Love the picture…

  3. lubna December 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    i made simple moong daal with spinach, urs talimpu makes any simple dish exotic.

  4. Jayashree December 14, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    We make a similar Podi kura using Thoor & methi leaves.
    I want to try this variation. Looks good !

  5. khatoon salman December 17, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    I am going to make it today it loolks fab, delisious,thanks for the lovely recipies

  6. Raji January 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    @Madhuri it tastes divine. believe it and give it a try
    @Radhika Vasanth salad sounds great
    @lubna thank you
    @Jayashree we do too. I posted them as well
    @khatoon salman thank you

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