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Bachali Kura Pappu ~ Malabar Spinach Dal

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Bachali Kura Pappu

All of us at home are in a holiday mood. Our harvest festival, Sankranti is around the corner. House cleaning, shopping clothes for family and domestic help(s) and preparation of sweets/savories is in full swing. Its my favorite time of the year!

Bachala kura Pappu is a high protein, vegan, heart warming dish loaded with nutritious greens – Malabar spinach or Indian Spinach. They go by the name Bachali in Andhra, Basale in Kannada, Vaali Bhaji in Konkani, Mayalu in Marathi and Pui Shak in Bengali. These protein-rich, vibrant green, glossy leaves are thick with a spongy texture and when cut they ooze a slimy juice similar to okra. When cooked with dal, the sliminess is not evident though. We usually cook them with masoor or tur dal or with yam (kanda bachali) and as mustard powder based stew (ava pettina pulusu).

Bachala Kura, Malabar Spinach

Bachala Kura Pappu Recipe

Preparation: 20 mts

Serves 3-4 persons

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

1 small cup tur dal/red gram dal/kandi pappu

2 cups chopped and tightly packed bachali kura/malabar spinach

1 onion, chopped

big pinch turmeric pwd

2-3 green chilies, slit lengthwise

1/2 tsp chopped ginger

salt to taste

2 cups water

1 tbsp tamarind paste

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp urad dal/minappa pappu/split gram dal (optional)

3-4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 dry red chillis, de-seed and tear

10-12 fresh curry leaves

2-3 tsps oil

1 In a pressure cooker, place dal, bachala kura, onions, green chilies, ginger and turmeric pwd. Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook up to 2 whistles. If cooking over stove top, cook till the dal is almost cooked.
2 Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add mustard seeds and as they jump around, add cumin seeds, urad dal, garlic, red chilies and curry leaves and stir fry for half a minute.
3 Add this to the pressure cooked dal along with salt and combine. Add tamarind paste with 1/2 cup of water and cook on slow to medium flame for 7-10 mts without lid or till you get the consistency of your choice.
4 Serve with white rice and a stir fry dish.

Bachali Kura Pappu ~ Malabar Spinach Dal Recipe

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Main Ingredients: malabar spinach tur dal

Bachala kura Pappu is a high protein, vegan, heart warming dish loaded with nutritious greens – Malabar spinach or Indian Spinach. These protein-rich, vibrant green, glossy leaves are thick with a spongy texture and when cut they ooze a slimy juice similar to okra. We usually cook them with masoor or tur dal or with yam (kanda bachali) and as mustard powder based stew (ava pettina pulusu).

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By • Jan 10th, 2011 • Category: All Recipes, Andhra Recipes, Green Leafy Vegetables, Indian Dal Recipes, Indian Lentil Recipes, Indian Vegan Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes

  • http://www.asankhana.blogspot.com notyet100

    dal looks too good ,..;-)

    • sadanand

      Sailugaru,
      We have these leafy veg at our backyard (Sugar Land,
      TX) and today i tried your recipy and it workedout excellent.
      thks a lot.

  • http://enjoyindianfood.blogspot.com/ Meera

    Lovely daal. Malabar Spinach is called poi in Gujarati.

  • http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com Krithi Karthi

    Wow… Looks creamy and delicious… We prepare spinach dhal something similar to this… Malabar spinach is ‘Pasalai keerai’ in tamil.

  • http://thecuisine.blogspot.com Hari Chandana

    Classic and delicious dal recipe.. looks simply awesome.. thanks for sharing !!

  • kavi

    i did try this pappu here in america but it became soggy with this leaf
    wondering why?? the leaves and stems are very thick here

  • http://priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com Priya

    Delicious dal,looks sooo yummy..

  • Neelima

    you may want to update the ingredients part to bachalkura :)

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      Oops! Updated and thanks. :)

  • shri

    Now that’s extremely mouth watering!!! just papads and ghee to go along…HEAVENLY YUMMY MEALS!!! THANKS SAILAJA.

  • Priya

    Sailu,
    Nice dal. Can’t wait to try it out. Can you please post a recipe for Mirchi ka salan? I was looking for a good recipe for Mirchi ka salan Curry.

    I really appreciate it.

    Thank Again,
    Priya

  • http://www.curryinkadai.blogspot.com kalva

    Lovely Dal. My favorite would be with Raw Mango!!

  • http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/ AshaLatha R K Prasad

    Looks thoroughly ravishing…. Because the very thought of this as a side dish makes me drool…. I love it so much & it makes my meal a very festive, sumptuous & full of satisfaction…… Thanks for sharing…. Hugs ))))

    Ash….

  • sri

    Sailugaru, sankranthi subhakankshalu!! what ru making this year for sankranthi?? cud u post ariselu, sakinalu recipes pls?

  • http://tastejunction.blogspot.com/ Anamika

    Love your blog. And nice to find my favourite dal featured here with slight variation. In north we make “Lahsuni dal palak”, but then its the tadka of rai, curry leaves and dry red chillies, that changes the flavours!!

  • Noodlehead

    Hello, I first heard of you through Sue (sunnydays.blogspot.com) and went on to make your eggless cake with curd. It was absolutely mindblowing!! I’m stuffing a large piece of it in my mouth, as I type this response. This was my first attempt at eggless cake, which I made for some house guests who are vegetarians. They loved and so did we :) thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I’m going to frame it and put it up in my kitchen (yes, it’s that good…..can’t believe something baked without egg can turn out sooo wonderful!!) Sorry, to hijack the space on this post but your cake was so good, I simply HAD to come back and thank you for it!

  • jyothi

    awesome pictues sailu.Once I tried the Brazillian dish, which is chopped leaf in egg burji. Pretty decent.

  • betty

    Hi Sailu, i just wondering could you post the recipe for spinach rice as i had it from one of my friend’s house and it tasted very good.
    betty

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      I have blogged Spinach Rice recipe earlier.

      • betty.

        thanks sailu,will let you know how it turns out once i cook.

        regards betty.

  • sarita

    PASTA IN WHITE SAUCE RECIPE

    maida is not mentioned in the ingredients

    Please advise how much maida is to be used

    thanks
    sarita

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      If using a tbsp of butter, use a tbsp of maida and a cup of milk.

  • http://www.kankanasaxena.net Kankana

    Hi, This is one of my fav dal ! I made it for our lunch today, will upload it in my blog soon :)

  • sarita

    BESAN LADOO
    2 cups besan
    1 cup sugar ****
    1/4 cup water
    1/4 cup ghee, melted

    Hi Sailu

    followed above recipe to the T. Except I used sugar only 1/2 cup.
    ladoos turned hard. do I need to increase/decrease water.
    should I make any other changes to the recipe. my family does not like too much sweet

    thanks

  • http://foodmazaa.blogspot.com shobha

    Looks so yummy..any kind of dal is my favourite.

  • neeta

    very nice. i’m always confused @what to cook and i take guidance from u. thanks a lot Sailu

  • lucky

    Hi Sailu,

    Awaiting for your next recipe…..Its been quite long that you posted a new recipe… I know you must be bussy, but just want to tell you we all are missing U :-) :-) :-)

  • padmini

    hi sailu garu
    I found ur blog some time back. bachalikura pappu nooru ooristhundi..missing it in my place now.amma eppudu backyard lo penchutundi.mee atukula payasam,beans pakodi kura,kandi podi try chesanu. my husband and i loved them.
    and one more thing i found ur vanjaram vepudu here frndszone.com/Thread-Vanjaram-Vepudu-Simple-Fish-Roast and other recipes such as methi murgh,murgh musallam,Aloo methi,lasooni dal palak,capsicum chichen.Is it with ur permission?

  • http://amorysabor.com/ Eliza Alys Young

    I just found this blog and I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes. I’m American engaged to an Indian. I love to cook but had never tried cooking Indian food before I met my fiance. I was an expert in Mexican food, great at Greek and Italian but Indian was too intimidating.

    So now that I have started cooking Indian food I have started to gather my own recipes. I have a lot more to learn than you! If you have a chance, I’d love some feedback on what I’ve posted: http://amorysabor.com/category/food/

    Thanks!

  • http://vibaas-world.blogspot.com Vidya

    Sailu, i tried your chocolate brownies and they tasted great. i will posting it today. Please check vibaas-world.blogspot.com.

    Thanks for the recipe :)

  • kumari

    Hi Shailu

    ITs been quite a long while..u havent posted any new ones?? Everyday I opens ur website, but feeling so bad as I couldnt find any now a days

    Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003743224235 Pavithra Padmanabha Bharathi

    Hi,

    Iam a tamilian married to a telegu, I referring to hundreds of andhra style recipes to please by hubby, but nothing worked until I followed you tomato pappu from ur blog…from then on your blog has become like a benchmark for all andhra recipes!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003743224235 Pavithra Padmanabha Bharathi

    I am a tamilian married to a telegu, I referring to hundreds of andhra style recipes to please by hubby, but nothing worked until I followed you tomato pappu from ur blog…from then on your blog has become like a benchmark for all andhra recipes!!!