Palakura Pappu | Palak Dal | Spinach Stew

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palakura pappu

This is a stew prepared with spinach cooked along with yellow pigeon peas. This is rich in fiber and iron. Palakura pappu is a good combination with steamed rice, pulka, roti or chapathi. Here are the step by step instructions.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Course: Main
Serves: 2-3
Main ingredient: Spinach
1 bowl measurement: 250 ml


Spinach (palakura, palak): Approximately 3 bowls full or 250 grams

Yellow pigeon peas (red gram, kandipappu, toor dal): 1/2 bowl
Toor Dal

Onion (ullipaya): 1/4 bowl, green chillies (pachimirapa): 2 or 3
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For talimpu
Dry red chilly (endumirapa): 1, garlic (velulli): 1 or 2 pods, mustard seeds (aavalu): 1/2 tbsp, cumin seeds (jeelakarra): 1 tbsp, hing (inguva): little and curry leaves (karivepaku): Few
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Red chilly powder (kaaram): 1 tbsp

Salt: To taste

Tamarind paste (chintapandu gujju): 1 tbsp
Soaked tamarind (lemon size) water
chintapandu paste

Turmeric powder (pasupu): 1/2 tbsp

Clarified butter (ghee, neyyi): 2 tbsp
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Step 1: Clean and wash spinach (palakura), soak it in salt added water for 15 minutes.
Note: Doing so will remove dirt as well as pesticides 

Step 2: Cut them into small pieces
chopped spinach

Step 3: Wash 1/2 bowl red gram (kandipappu) and add 1 bowl water in a pressure cooker
Note: Can use 1 bowl red gram instead of 1/2 bowl. As I prefer more palak in my stew I cook more palak with less red gram (toor dal, kandipappu) 
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Step 4: Add spinach, chopped onions and green chillies to the cooker
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Step 5: Now cook it up to 3 whistles in high flame and 2 minutes in low flame
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Step 6: Open the lid and add 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp red chilly powder, 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp tamarind paste or soaked tamarind water
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Step 7: Add 1/2 bowl water and mix it thoroughly. Let it cook for 5-10 minutes in medium flame.
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Turn off the flame when it comes to required thickness
Add talimpu to it, heat 2 tbsp ghee and add the spices one by one.

Flame used: Low
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Add and saute (fry) 1 dry red chilly and 2 garlic pods
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Immediately add 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp mustard seeds
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When mustard seeds makes crackling sound add curry leaves and little hing (inguva) to it. Turn off the flame when curry leaves are fried
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Talimpu ends

Step 8: Add and mix this talimpu to palakura pappu
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spinach yellow pigeon peas stew

Serve it hot with pulka, roti, chapathi, plain white rice or brown rice :)
palak dal

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