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spinach lentils in a bowl

Spinach dal - Palakura pappu

This is Indian style spinach and lentils that will be a good side dish for rice or any flat bread. You can have this as a soup also for a light dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sravanthi



  • Cook the toor dal and keep it aside. Check my detailed post on how to cook toor dal using instant pot or pressure cooker. 
  • While the dal is cooking, wash and drain spinach leaves. Chop them roughly and keep them aside.
  • Heat a pan and add oil once it is hot.Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and hing to the hot oil. Make sure to be a little away as seeds will splutter.
  • Now add red and green chili to the pan.
  • Once these turn lightly brown, after a minute or so, add chopped spinach to the pan.
  • Let the spinach leaves cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • To these wilted spinach leaves, add cooked and mashed dal.
  • Now add coriander powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix it well and let the spinach lentil curry cook for 5 minutes.
  • Once the spinach leaves are cooked properly, switch off the flame and add lemon juice to the spinach dal.
  • Mix it well, and the Spinach dahl is ready to serve!