Spinach and Dal Curry / Cheera Parippu Curry


2 cups cheera/ spinach leaves, chopped
3/4 cup toor dal / thuvaraparippu
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
3 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tbsp oil


  1. Wash the spinach leaves and chop them into small pieces and keep it aside.
  2. Grind grated coconut with cumin seeds and a garlic clove to a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  3. In a pressure cooker, add the toor dal and cook it adding enough water for 1-2 whistles.
  4. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and mash it lightly and add the chopped spinach, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  5. Cook it on medium flame till spinach is cooked and then add the ground coconut mixture, mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes on low flame.
  6. Adjust the salt and add little water if it is very thick. When it starts to boil, switch off the flame.
  7. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and add dry red chillies and curry leaves and pour this over the prepared curry..Serve hot with rice… 

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