palakura pappu recipe – Learn to make healthy spinach and dal curry.
While using any leafy vegetables like palakura, menthi kura, gongura, pressure cooking them may not be a good idea since they get overcooked and most nutrients are lost.
When it comes to making a pappu recipe for meal, I always prefer to make a smooth and creamy dal like sorakaya pappu, mamidikaya pappu or tomato pappu, where all the ingredients can be dumped to cook in the pressure cooker and later tempered.
While making spinach or any leafy vegetables with dal like gongura pappu, I don’t prefer to overcook them which often happens by pressure cooking, so I just make it in an open pan to retain the nutrients and taste.
palakura pappu in telugu or andhra style spinach dal can be prepared in many ways. Iam sharing 2 methods, The first method yields a soupy dal. The second method yields a semi dry pappu and just takes 20 mins. This spinach dal can be refrigerated for later use too and should be consumed in 2 days. It is usually served with rice and pickle. It can be relished with chapathi and a bowl of vegetable salad too.
I have not used onions and tomatoes, you can use if you like. I have included in the instructions. They can be cooked together with dal, but the taste differs from the plain one I mentioned below.
The chilies that you see in the last picture below are the curd chilies (majjiga mirapakayalu) which are often used in south India along with papadams. I fry them along with the tadka and add to the dal and use some for garnishing.
step by step photos on palakura pappu recipe below
1. Soak tamarind in little hot water. Set aside. Wash and cook 3/4 cup pappu or dal with 2 cups water in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles. If cooking in a pot cook till soft. Mash the dal to smooth, if you like. You can cook tomatoes, onions, chilies along with the dal if using or can be added at the next step.
2. While the dal cooks, pluck spinach leaves with out stems. Wash them in lot of water several times. Drain them. Chop and add them to the dal along with little more water. If you like to add tomato, chili and onion add it now if you have not added in step 1. Cook on a medium flame
3. When the spinach is cooked completely, it looks wilted and blends well with dal. Add salt and turmeric. Stir and mix well.
4. Heat ghee or oil in a pan, add mustard, cumin. when they splutter, add curry leaves, chili and garlic. You can add chili now, if you have not added at step 2. Add hing. Pour the tamarind juice to the pan. Switch off the stove.
5. Pour the thalimpu/seasoning to the dal. Mix and stir. Some folks like to cook further for few minutes but i don’t.
palakaura pappu is ready to serve with chapathi or rice.
Method 2 of palakura pappu recipe below
- 1 large bunch of spinach / palakura / palak
- ¾ cup of pappu (kandhi pappu or pesarapappu)
- 1 to 1¼ cups water
- 1 to 2 green chili slit (optional)
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp oil or ghee
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- Few curd chilies or broken red chili
- Generous pinch of each: mustard, cumin, turmeric
- Pinch of hing
- tamarind as needed (optional)
- 1 garlic clove crushed (optional)
- Wash dal several times.Soak tamarind in little hot water.
- Add water and dal to a large pan ,begin to cook on a medium flame along with green chilies, tomatoes and onions if using.
- While the dal cooks, clean the spinach. Pluck the leaves and discard the stems. I usually open up the leaves and inspect them for larvae or worms.
- Wash thoroughly multiple times in a large utensil filled with water to remove mud.
- Chop or tear the leaves which ever you prefer to.
- When the dal is fully cooked but not mushy, add the spinach and salt. Mix well.
- While the spinach cooks, heat a small pan with ghee or oil.
- Add the curd chilies, fry till they turn crusty. Set these aside to prevent burning.
- Add mustard, cumin, garlic, red chili when they begin to splutter add curry leaves. Add turmeric and hing.If using tamarind, pour the tamarind water.
- Check if the spinach is cooked, pour the seasoning in the dal. You can add the curd chilies or you can save them aside for garnish. Mix, cover and off the stove.
- palakura pappu is ready to serve with rice or phulka.