Keerai Pappu (Spinach Dal)

Keerai pappu (paruppu) or keerai sambar – I do not Know what to call this recipe. Whenever I buy spinach , I invariably make kuttu with moong dal. This time, I added toor dal as well along with moong dal, and as always used direct pressure cooker method to prepare this dish. Here is the recipe for what I call as spinach pappu.


Keerai Pappu

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Rice Accompaniments/Side Dish


Toor dal – 1/2 cup

Moong dal – 1/4 cup

Spinach – 2 cup, chopped

Shallots –  10 (can even use finely chopped onion)

Garlic – 2 pods

Turmeric pwd  –  1/8 tsp

Sambar powder – 1 tsp

Tamarind – 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as needed


  • Soak toor dal and moong dal in hot water for 30 min.
  • Add oil to the pressure cooker. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and let them crackle. Add onions and garlic, sauté till onions are cooked. Add spinach and continue sautéing for 1 minute.
  • Add the soaked toor and moong dal, turmeric powder, coriander powder, tamrind and salt. combine well


  • Add 2 cups of water and cook for 3 whistles.


  • Serve with white rice or hot rotis


My Notes:

Instead of using tamarind you can also add tamarind pulp.



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13 thoughts on “Keerai Pappu (Spinach Dal)

  1. Aloo Palak | Traditionally Modern Food February 24, 2015 at 6:25 PM Reply

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  2. Ami@NaiveCookCooks June 9, 2014 at 10:32 PM Reply

    I love love good spinach dal!! This looks so appetizing!

  3. Kelly June 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM Reply

    I love spinach dishes and this dal looks like it’s full of flavor with all the wonderful spices 🙂

  4. Malar June 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM Reply

    I always prepare this with toor dal, your version looks good 🙂

  5. acasadisimi June 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM Reply

    thanks for the recipe! I will make this cake for my hsband!

  6. Nice, wholesome traditional dish!

  7. Lori June 9, 2014 at 1:21 AM Reply

    I need some more education on the types of food out there! I have never even heard of several of your ingredients! Wish you could cook me a meal and introduce me to some of these things! 🙂

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