Today I am sharing a very comforting and lip smacking dal recipe from Andhra. I have very fond memories of this Dal Palak / Palakura Pappu which i learnt during my stay at Vizag. This is one of the most delicious and nutritious dal . Perfect side dish that you can serve with roti , phulka or steaming hot rice. Palakura Pappu is loaded with proteins. This is one recipe that we can never go wrong . There are some variations to this dal recipe.

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  • An excellent source of Vitamin K ,C ,A ,C and Folic Acid.
  • Good source of Magnesium , Iron and B2.
  • Vitamin K Promotes bone health.
  • Wholesome meal when cooked with lentils
I have travelled to many parts of India . Each state has it’s own variety of dal preparation .Each recipe is so rich and unique to the climatic conditions of that state. The rich Culture of India has so many recipes that are lost with time. So many untold stories are associated with these recipes. I have been very fortunate to try and taste many Dal recipes from different parts of India.


Preethi Prasad
Andhra Style Palakura pappu is so nutritious and delicious. Easy to cook.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Serving Bowl
  • Ladle
  • Tempering Pan


  • 1 Cup Toor Dal
  • 1/2 Cup Moong Dal
  • 3 Cups Chopped Baby Spinach
  • 1 No Onion chopped
  • 4 Nos Green Chillies Slit
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 No Tomatoes Finely Chopped
  • 6 Nos Crushed Garlic Pods
  • 1 No Gooseberry size Tamrind
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt to Taste

For Tempering / For Tadka

  • 1 Tsp Cumin / Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Nos Fresh Red Chilies Slit
  • 2 Nos Garlic Pods Crushed and roughly chopped
  • 2 Tsp Ghee
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/4 Tsp Crushed Coriander / Dhania
  • 1/4 Tsp Chana dal urad dal mix


  • In a pressure cooker add washed dals ,Chopped Baby Spinach, chopped onions ,slit green chillies ,crushed garlic pods ,turmeric , 4 cups of water.
  • In a small bowl add tamrind , chopped tomatoes and red chilli powder.Please this cup over the dal mix in the pressure cooker.
  • Cook upto 3 whistles and keep it on low flame for about 5 mins.
  • Turn off the heat. Open the cooker lid once all the pressure is released.
  • Mash all the ingredients nicely .
  • Add sugar and salt and mix well.
  • Boil this mixture on medium flame for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer this to a serving bowl.

For Tempering

  • Heat ghee in the tempering Pan.
  • Once the ghee us hot add garlic ,chana dal and urad dal mix. It will turn slightly brown add cumin , crushed coriander, slit red chillies and mustard .
  • Lastly add Asafoetida and turn off the heat.
  • Pour this tempering over the dal mix.
  • Serve hot with hot rice and a dollop of ghee or phulka and Roti.


  1. You can use any greens in case you cannot get Palak.
  2. A mix of Toor dal and moong dal enhances the taste of the dal.
  3. Always use fresh Greens
  4. Crushed Coriander seeds are optional .You may skip it if you don’t like.
  5. Adjust the number of chilles as per your spice tolerance.
  6. Adding sugar balances the spice and sourness.
  7. Making it in pressure cooker saves a lot of time and also the nutrients are retained.
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7 thoughts on “DAL PALAK / PALAKURA PAPPU”

  1. 5 stars
    the first I tasted the famous palakura pappu, it was at an Andhra restaurant in Bangalore. Immediately fell in love with the healthy and delicious dal. Love the tempering on your preparation with fresh red chillis. So inviting.

  2. 5 stars
    I am in love with Palakura pappu I ate it for the blogging meets in Hydrabad and must say it was love at first taste. Thanks for the recipe I must make this yum dal prepration.

  3. 5 stars
    I gues my dinner is sorted for today..I have fresh palak in my fridge and I shall use it right away to make this yumm palakoora pappu and serve it with hot fulkas 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    You are right. In India every states has different types dal recipes. I love dal palak but never used tamarind and moong dal. Made with only toor dal. Your dal palak looks lipsmackingly delicious. I can imagine the garlicky flavour and a different taste. Saving the recipe to try sometimes.

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