How to make Palak Parippu -

Palak wali dal cooked the south Indian way with sambhar onions.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Spinach Leaves, Split Pigeon Pea

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Palak Parippu

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The cuisine of Kerala is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people. The land and the food are rich with coconut, though one cannot imagine Kerala food without chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida. Just a little tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real substitute for curry leaves. 
The locals put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. 
Kerala has an abundance of jackfruits, pineapples, mangoes, custard apples and an endless variety of bananas. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets with a difference.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 0-5 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Palak Parippu Recipe

  • Spinach Leaves 1 medium bunch

  • Split Pigeon Pea soaked 1 cup

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onion 1 medium

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Scraped coconut 1/2 cup

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Sambhar onions 7-8

  • Dried red chillies 2

  • Mustard seeds 12 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-15

  • Garlic chopped

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Pressure cook dal with 2 cups water and turmeric till 3-4 whistles are given out. Open the lid when the pressure reduces completely and mash the dal well.

Step 2

Slice onion. Heat 2 tbsps oil in a deep non stick pan.

Step 3

Grind coconut, green chillies, cumin seeds and sambhar onions with a little water to a smooth paste.

Step 4

Chop red chillies and remove the seeds. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, sliced onion and red chillies to the hot oil and sauté till fragrant.

Step 5

Chop spinach. Add garlic to the pan and continue to sauté.

Step 6

Add red chilli powder and spinach and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add salt and dal and mix.

Step 7

Add ground paste and mix well. Simmer till well blended and thick. Serve hot.

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