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Spinach Curry (Paalakura Talimpu)

I make this spinach curry so often but I never got around to post the recipe or pictures till now. Part of basic everyday meal, versatile, feel good kind of curry and also simple enough to make frequently.


1 bunch of spinach, washed and chopped coarsely
1 onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon, coconut powder or grated
Salt to taste, and pinch of turmeric
For popu – ¼ tsp each, mustard seeds and cumin

Spinach Curry on Whole Wheat Bread

Heat one teaspoon of peanut oil in a wide skillet over medium heat.
Add and toast the mustard seeds, cumin and garlic (popu).
Add the onion and green chillies and saute, stirring, until soft.
Add the coarsely chopped spinach. Cover and cook them under high heat for about 5 minutes, until they collapse and reduce in volume.
At this stage, remove the lid and sprinkle the coconut, salt and turmeric. Mix and stir-fry for another 5 more minutes, uncovered, until the water from spinach reduces in quantity.
I also added some pre cooked black chickpeas (kala Chana) to this curry.

Serve hot. Make a curry sandwich or enjoy with rice, dal and ghee or with chapati.

Spinach Curry With Rice and Tomato Dal
Our another Everyday Meal ~ Spinach Curry with Rice, Tomato Dal and Ghee.

Going to be on road for couple of days.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Amma & Authentic Andhra,Spinach (Monday November 14, 2005 at 6:26 am- permalink)
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  1. Hey… I make this too (minus the coconut powder) ๐Ÿ™‚ I like all kinds of spinach and greens – only drawback being having to check afterwards to make sure my teeth dont have green bits on display ๐Ÿ˜€

    Comment by Shammi — November 14, 2005 @ 8:25 am

  2. Wow! so simple looking but power-packed nutritious diet you have out there Indira. Happy traveling! Take good care of you on this cold weather!

    Comment by VK Narayanan — November 14, 2005 @ 11:49 am

  3. Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables. I grew up thinking it was disgusting because I’d only seen the canned variety. Now, I too, eat it often. I especially love baby spinach in salads with dried cranberries and a home made salad dressing made with garlic and a spicy mustard.

    This recipe looks great, I tend to make palak paneer when I make spinach Indian style, so this is a much healthier alternative!

    Comment by Jenn — November 14, 2005 @ 1:20 pm

  4. My first time here. Can’t believe I did not discover you before! Love your site – the recipes, the pix, the writing! Do you do Tofu?

    Comment by Tilo — November 14, 2005 @ 4:05 pm

  5. Beautiful recipe, I love spinach and will try it.

    Comment by Michele — November 14, 2005 @ 5:39 pm

  6. hey this seems to be diff from the usual spinach poriyal .. i usually do this with spinach, cooked toor dal, shredded coconut and the usual seasoning.. iam goonna definetely try this.. and spinach is a part of my everyday lunch .. so try to cook it in as many ways possible.. and they say not eat cooked spinach in the evening do u know y?

    Comment by priya, ar — November 14, 2005 @ 6:04 pm

  7. Hey I am first time here,It looks you’re doing good work.Keep it up.

    Comment by Swarna — November 14, 2005 @ 6:48 pm

  8. I do the same way but I havent tried adding Kala Chana. That is new to me. I shall try next time. I love kala chana. It is my fav.

    Comment by Priya — November 14, 2005 @ 11:13 pm

  9. wow, that’s a perfect south indian thali you have laid out!

    Comment by Lera — November 15, 2005 @ 12:07 am

  10. Indira, you may want to try this too called keerai kadaiyal or masiyal (paste).

    Cook keerai with little water (literally little – for one cup of keerai, you may use just quater or less cup of water), covered over small flame on stove. Allow to cool, add salt and make paste along with 2 cloves of garlic.

    You can mix this with rice and ghee or have as an accomplice for sambhar or curd rice (I love this best with rice and dry beetroot curry as the side dish). Really good for health and this type doesn’t involve oil at all.

    [In case you use too much water, the paste would turn out too watery or you will have to discard the nutrient-rich water – so better to use as little water as possible]

    Indira says
    Ravi.. thanks for the recipe. I like it and I am going to try it definitely. Thanks again for sharing.

    Comment by Ravi — November 15, 2005 @ 11:23 am

  11. Indira – where is this coconut powder from, Nestle?

    Indira says
    Hello Tilo, thanks for your comments.
    It’s Nirav brand coconut powder.

    Comment by Tilo — November 15, 2005 @ 5:04 pm

  12. Indira – I can’t find that at my grocery store.
    What can I used instead?

    Dry dessicated coconut or fresh (frozen) grated coconut. You also mention this for your ragi dosa which I want to try so please let me know.

    Indira says…
    Hi Tilo, if that Nestle brand(you mentioned in earlier comment) is an unsweetened one, then you can use it for curries like spinach.
    For ragi dosa, I used fresh coconut, I don’t think dry coconut powder will taste as good as fresh one for this recipe. Hope this helps.
    Do let me know how it turned out.

    Comment by tilo — November 19, 2005 @ 3:35 pm

  13. stepped in thro someone else’s bloglink! hmm..seems to be interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by shpriya — November 22, 2005 @ 2:29 am

  14. Hey Indira,First time here, love the site and the pictures. keep it up! Anu.

    Comment by Anu — December 11, 2005 @ 6:09 pm

  15. Wonderful site. I came upon through another cooking blog site and love it. I was wondering how many serving the recipes you have posted for the Spinach Dal and Spinach Curry will make.

    Comment by mel — January 12, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

  16. I completely loved this — what a great, simple dish. It’s posted here!

    Indira replies…
    I’m glad you liked this curry and thanks for posting it on your site and linking me.

    Comment by Alanna — January 31, 2006 @ 9:45 am

  17. Hi Indira, You have a great blog here! Keep up the good work. Was looking for some spinach recipes and liked your simple yet appealing spinach curry.But, I’m afriad, it didn’t turn out as tasty as I thought it would. I didn’t put in the coconut powder and used sunflower oil instead of peanut oil.Do you think that might have been responsible for the curry not turning out the way I had thought it would? Had started with great enthussiasm but was disappointed at the outcome of my culinary adventure ๐Ÿ™

    Indira replies…
    Thanks Shilpi.
    I don’t think they were the reason for bad spinach curry. It’s all on the quality of spinach. Did you use a fresh bunch? The frozen baby spinach oozes lot of water when stir fried and won’t taste that good. If you ask me, taste of spinach curry is all depends on how fresh the spinach is.
    Please don’t be disappointed. Give it a try atleast one more time, see how it turns out.
    I hope this helps!

    Comment by Shilpi — March 1, 2006 @ 10:11 am

  18. OMG this recipe is so cool i love it and the kids love it. Its a easy recipe and I love it whoever hasn’t tryed it needs to

    Comment by Sarafina — March 12, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

  19. I have just made the spinach curry and it tastes great! – no coconut powder here in Brunei but used freshly squeezed coconut cream instead and it tastes just fine. I also didn’t put in kala Chana as I had already made my dhal. Must put the recipe on the web one day, but as I have never done that yet, perhaps not today, though my dhal is a really lovely recipe.

    Comment by Diana Price — March 16, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

  20. Found your site googling for spinach curry– and I must tell you, this recipe was tasty! I made it last night!

    Comment by Faith — November 14, 2007 @ 10:54 am

  21. I have always wondered what ONE BUNCH of spinach means … could you let me know what would be the equivalent in cup(s) (chopped spinach) ? .. so that I can get a proper measure … thanks … I must congratulate you on the efforts put into this site .. needless to say … mind blowing !

    Comment by Prabha — January 4, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

  22. Hi Indira,

    I found your site when Iam searching for Cabbage curry. I tried it at home and it came out extraordinary . Thanks for the website and all the best for your efforts…..

    Comment by madhu — March 7, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

  23. I am an ardent fan of this website, this is truly a Mahanadi and an encyclopedia for a beginner like me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers to the great work!!!

    Comment by Soumya Aravind — May 10, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  24. Harvesting spinach from my garden I remembered a curried dish of spinach with cheese a friend made for me, so here I am and I certainly enjoyed Paalakura Talimpu, thank you.

    Comment by Gitta — March 3, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

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