Palakoora Tomato Pappu - Palak Tomato Dal - Tomato and Spinach in Lentils

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Recipe Text


    • Spinach - 100gms
    • Pigeon Peas - 1Cup (100gms)
    • Tomatoes - 3(200gms)
    • Fenugreek Seeds - 5 Seeds
    • Black Gram - 2tsps
    • Mustard Seeds - 1tsp
    • Cumin Seeds - 1tsp
    • Turmeric Powder - 1/8tsp
    • Red Chili Powder - 1tsp
    • Salt to Taste
    • Asafoetida - 1/8tsp
    • Oil - 4tsps

    (Online Conversion utility to convert Gms to Cups & Temperatures etc)


    Take pigeon peas in a bowl and wash them. Add fresh water again and keep the dal bowl aside. Wash, clean and cut the tomatoes into small pieces. Add the tomato pieces to the dal and place this bowl in a pressure cooker and cook. When pressure develops in the pressure cooker, lower the flame and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the dal bowl from the cooker after it cools down. Wash the spinach and chop it finely. Take the chopped spinach in a microwave safe bowl, add some water and keep it in the oven. Cover the bowl partially and cook on high power for 2 minutes. Keep the cooked dal and cooked spinach aside for tempering.


    Heat a pan and add oil to it. When oil is hot add the fenugreek seeds and black gram. Fry till the seeds start changing color. Then add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and fry till they splutter. Add the asafoetida and mix well. Add the cooked spinach and fry for a minute. Then add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and cooked dal. Mix well and add water if required. Cover and cook on medium flame for 5 minutes. Transfer the dal to a serving bowl. Serve hot with plain rice and any pickle.

    Points to Notice:

    It is said that spinach and tomatoes when cooked together is not good for health, because they form kidney stones. It is also said that once in a while this combination will not create any problem but if consumed regularly is not good for health. I do not know how far this is true. So I cook them separately and mix them. After seasoning the dal I cook it for just 5 minutes. And I also take care to prepare this dal once in a while only. Hope this information helps you all. However if you want to avoid this combination, prepare spinach dal adding tamarind juice instead of tomatoes. You can also try this with raw mangoes or Amchur powders i.e., dry mango powder. 


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    Our Earlier discussions on the Blog
    Anonymous Sree said...

    Hi Gayatri garu,
    First of all thank you for providing very detailed info on recipes. I have a question. Is cooking spinach with tomato harmful to health?
    Can you please advise some other worst combination of foods while cooking? ( health and difficulty).

    April 12, 2011 12:31 AM

    Blogger Gayatri Vantillu said...

    Sree Garu,

    I haven't thought much on this subject. I'm just sharing recipes which we generally come across and shared the tips if any.

    April 14, 2011 7:21 AM

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    BloggerKrithiga said...

    hi gayatri,

    i tried your spinach dhal husband smiled and asked me whether i watched your videos..i said yes.he told that he could see the difference and taste good..thank you for your more thing i was so surprised and happy to see the recipe because i had some spinach packet left in my fridge..i was wondering to finish it out before it expires..then i came across your website and saw this recipe..what a coincident? once again thank you very much..

    June 24, 2009 11:24 PMDelete

    Bloggermadhavi said...

    namasthe gaytri garu,

    me recipes chala bagunai,especially ma lanti newly married valki chala upayoga padthuani,nenu ii site chusi ane
    prepare cheskogalguthuanu,inka ma husband kuda chala aprreciate chesthunaru.thanks a lot, ite gayatri garu,andaru suggest chesthuantu ga maku devudu navedyam pete sweets ni kuda update chesthru ane request chesthunamu,ivi maku chala avsarmu.


    June 24, 2009 2:06 PMDelete

    lydia said...

    Hi Gayatri,
    I just felt so good after seeing yor site that i could not stop myself from leaving a comment. i must really thank you for this wonderful work you are doing. chaala chaala nachindhi mee site.

    July 17, 2009 3:19 AM

    Bloggersyamala said...

    HelloGayatri garu,
    My name is Syamala. Nenu chalaa sites chusaanu. Kaani mee vantalalo edo specialty vundi. Chalaa tasty gaa vuntunnayi.Meeru ilaage kotta kotta recipes cheyyalani maa korika. Nenu ekkuvagaa onion lekundaa chestaanu. so naaku without onion emainaa variety vantalu kaavali.Keep smiling.

    July 17, 2009 12:07 PM

    Anonymous dolly said...

    hello gayathri garu...
    hw r u?i hope u r fine&in good health....i love spring rolls very would be great if u post the recipe for springg rolls...very eagerly waiting for that recipe...please can u show how to cook spring rolls wid spring pastry????please it would be very helpful....

    April 13, 2011 6:50 PM

    Blogger janu said...

    namasthe gyatri garu nice recipies andi god bless u and ur family

    April 14, 2011 9:48 AM

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