Dal with green leaf

Tur dal cooked with green leaf vegetables is healthy and makestheideal south indian meal. It is popular  as “pappu” in Andhra while in Karnataka it is known as ” muddipalya” . Our meals seems to be highlighted by a variety of green leaves as spinach, methi  or many others which are abundantly avilable. This is the recipe of Karnataka.


  • tur dal 1 cup 
  • spinach  1 cluster
  • methi 1 cluster 
  • green chillies 4
  • oil 2 tbsp
  • mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • asafoetida a pinch
  • turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
  • tamarind  a lemon size
  • salt to taste
  • sambar powder 1 tsp



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a complete meal


Cook tur dal in pressure cooker. Cut the stalk of the green leaves and chop them finely. Put them in salt water for sometime. Heat oil in a kadai and make the seasoning with mustard, asafoetida, turmeric and green chillies. Add the green leaves and salt, mix and let cook for sometime. Then add the cooked dal and mix well. Let boil for sometime. Then, add the tamarind pulp  and sambar powder and allow to  simmer on low flame for five minutes. Serve with hot rice or jowar roti.


Dal,the northern style

Our cooking is influenced from northern states. We adhere their style in daily dishes and thus it seems to have become a part of us. This dish can be served both with rice and chapati .


  • tur dal 1 cup
  • tomatoes 3 
  • red chilli powder 1 1/2 tsp 
  • ghee 1tbsp
  • salt
  • cumin 1tsp
  • mustard 1/2 tsp
  • asafoetida 1/4 tsp
  • turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
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an all time favourite


Cook the lentil in the pressure cooker. Take a wok and add the ghee. Make the seasoning with cumin,mustard, asafoetida and turmeric powder. Add the tomatoes and salt with some water. allow to cook. Now add the chilli powder and boil for some time. Add the cooked dal to it. Let boil. Serve garnished with coriander .







sambar, a must with idli

Sambar is very famous down south. It is prepared using different vegetables and green leaves. It goes well with rice and idlis. Here is one recipe made of vegetables

The ingredients that you need are:

a bowl of  tur dal

a bowl of assorted veggies as beans,carrot and potato

1 onion cut into small pieces

1 tomato finely cut

2 tsp of sambar powder

1 tsp of chilly powder

a lemon size ball of tamarind

salt to taste

2 tbsp of  ghee and oil mixed together for seasoning

1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

a few curry leaves

coriander for garnishing

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  • Wash the tur dal and cook it in the pressure cooker with the veggies. Keep aside.
  • Soak tamarind in water for fifteen minutes.
  • Take oil in a kadai and make the seasoning. Add cumin seeds,curry leaves and onions. Saute till light pink in colour.
  • Add tomatoes and allow to cook till tender.
  • Extract the pulp from the tamarind. Strain it and measure a small glass of it. Pour it into the kadai.
  • Add sambar powder, chilli powder and salt.
  • Allow to boil for sometime.
  • Now add the cooked vegetables in dal .
  • Add sufficient quantity of water.
  • Allow to boil on slow flame,Garnish with fresh finely cut   coriander leaves.

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