Palakura Pappu Recipe, Dal Palak, How to Make Palakura Pappu Recipe

Palakura Pappu RecipePalakura Pappu or Dal Palak in South India is one of the nutritional and protein-packed recipes.

As our version is Andhra style, we add most of the ingredients along with dal in a pressure cooker and cook until they are done. By the time whistle count is done, all the ingredients get cooked, only thing is that you need to add appropriate water levels.

We can make the adjustment in the consistency of Dal Palak if you want hard then lower the stock – This best suits with chapati and other Indian bread recipes. If you want to eat with rice then you can add more stock.

As we all are aware of the fact that spinach and tomatoes don’t go simultaneously, we have added tamarind pulp. Adding tomatoes may cause stones in kidneys.

You may also like to check my other posts Malai Palak, Palak paneer and aloo palak recipes.

Palakura Pappu Recipe, Dal Palak, How to Make Palakura Pappu Recipe

Dal Palak Recipe/ Spinach dal or palakura Pappu in South India is one of the nutritional and protein-packed recipes.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 280 kcal
Author Rambabu Uppada


  • Spinach – 1 bunch
  • Toor dal – 1 cup
  • Water – required quantity
  • Onions – 5 no. sliced into four halfs
  • Green chilies – 5 no.
  • Curry leaves – 4 tbsp.
  • Coriander leaves – 4 tbsp.
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp.
  • Oil – 3 tbsp.
  • Tamarind – Small lump.
  • Salt – 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Red chili powder – ¾ tbsp.
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tbsp.
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tbsp.
  • Chana dal – 1 tbsp.
  • Moong dal – 1 tbsp.
  • Garlic cloves – 12 no. crushed
  • Dry red chilies – 4 no. whole


How to Make Palakura Pappu Recipe:

  1. Clean and slice spinach into small pieces.
  2. Similarly clean toor dal in a pressure cooker and add sliced spinach.
  3. Add sliced onions, curry leaves, green chillies, , coriander leaves, 1 tbsp. oil and ¼ tbsp. turmeric powder.
  4. Put 2 ½ glass water and mix all ingredients and cook for 3 whistle blows.
  5. Soak tamarind and remove pulp, keep aside.
  6. Once dal is cooked, remove stock and mash dal. Again add stock to it.
  7. Add tamarind pulp, turmeric powder, salt and red chilli powder.
  8. Now let’s prepare temper, In a pan heat 2 tbsp. oil, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and chana dal.
  9. Continue adding moong dal, garlic cloves, red chillies and curry leaves.

  10. Once all ingredients are cooked, add cooked dal and garnish with coriander leaves.

Recipe Video

How to Make Palakura Pappu Recipe:

  • Clean the spinach in water and remove edges of leaves and slice into thin pieces.

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  • Add toor dal in a pressure cooker and add required quantity of water.

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  • Clean dal and add sliced spinach, sliced onions and green chilies.

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  • Add curry leaves, coriander leaves, ¼ tbsp. turmeric powder and 1 tbsp. oil.

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  • Drop 2 ½ glass full water, approximately 750 ml and mix all ingredients.

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Note: Never add tomatoes with spinach, there might be chances of getting stones in the kidney.

  • Close the lid and cook on high flame for one whistle blow and then lower flame for next two whistle blows.

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  • Soak tamarind in a bowl by adding 1 glass full water.

  • Drain water from the pressure cooker and mash till it becomes soft.

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Tip: Removing stock will help you mash Dal Palak easily.

  • Squeeze tamarind pulp and keep aside.

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  • Re-add drained water and tamarind extract.

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  • Add salt and ¾ tbsp. turmeric powder, red chili powder and mix well.

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  • Heat 2 tbsp. oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and chana dal.

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  • Add moon dal, garlic cloves and sauté for a second.

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  • Drop 4 no. dry red chilies and 2 tbsp. curry leaves. Saute for a while.

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  • Pour mashed Palakura Pappu in temper and garnish with coriander leaves.

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Rambabu Uppada

I am Rambabu Uppada, founder of Indian Recipe Info. I am fond of food, I thought of sharing my cooking experience with you all. I designed each recipe in such a way that you can simply follow my steps and prepare restaurant rich recipes at your home.

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