Parippu Palak / Dal Palak Kerala Style

Dal is a good source of proteins and spinach is rich in antioxidants, folic acid and iron. This curry is made with ground coconut. It’s a healthy and comfort food with rice or roti.

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Parippu Palak / Dal Palak Kerala Style

Prep time            :   10 minutes
Cooking time     :   20 minutes
Total time           :   30 minutes

Servings    : 3 – 4

Category   : Main dish
Cuisine      : South Indian, Kerala


2 Cups of Palak/spinach – washed and chopped
1/4 Cup toor dal
1/2 Cup onion
1 Small tomato
2-3 Green chilies
1 Tablespoon chopped ginger and garlic
1/4 Teaspoon turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon red chili powder
1 Teaspoon mustard seeds
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Dried red chilies
Curry Leaves: 1 sprig
Salt to taste

For the paste:

1/2 Cup grated coconut
1/2 Teaspoon cumin seeds


  • Pressure cook dal with a pinch of turmeric powder for 3 whistles. Mash it well and keep it aside.
  • Wash, discard the thick stem and chop spinach finely.
  • Chop onions, tomato, ginger, garlic and green chilies finely.
  • Grind coconut and cumin seeds with little water.


  • Heat a pan and add oil, add mustard seeds once the mustard splutters add curry leaves, dried red chilies, onion, green chilies, ginger, garlic and salt. Sauté onions until transparent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder and red chili powder. Cook tomatoes until soft.
  • Add the cooked dal to this and bring it a boil.
  • Add spinach/palak and sauté for few minutes till the palak is cooked.
  • Add in the ground coconut to the dal and cook it till the curry is thick.

Serve with steamed rice and enjoy!




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