Vallarai paruppu masiyal

Vallarai paruppu masiyal

moong dal - 150 gm
vallarai spinach - 50gm
shallots - 8
tomato - 2-3
tamarind pulp - a cup
gingelly oil - 1 cup
salt to taste
turmeric - 1 tsp
sambar powder - 5 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
garlic cloves - 3

To Tamper

sesame oil - 1 tsp
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
curry leaves
red chilli - 1
asafoetida a pinch

Cook moongdal in pressure cooker and keep aside. When it cooks, smash it slightly. Clean and rinse the spinach leaves. In a pan add a spoon of water and bring the leaves to get half - cooked closing the lid of pan. Allow it to cool. Meanwhile, rinse tomatoes and make a paste of tomato, cumin seeds and garlic cloves. Keep aside. Now peel the skin of shallots and rinse it. Cut it into smaller pieces.
Heat some oil in tava. Once the oil is warm, add shallots. Stir till they split, now add the tomato, cumin, garlic paste with salt and turmeric. Stir well till the paste sets separating oil from it. Add sambar powder to it and mix well. Make a paste of the half-cooked spinach and add to it. Mix well and close the lid. Stir then and then. After you sense the aroma of spinach with cumin flavour add the cooked dal and tamarind pulp. Mix well. Close the lid. Allow to cook for 10 more minutes. The dish is ready. Tamper and garnish it with curry leaves.
The dish goes well with rice adding a spoon of ghee. This is a great healthy masiyal for kids and is recommended to feed them atleast once in a month. View the health benefits of Vallarai spinach for reference....
Note: The tamarind pulp can be replaced by coconut paste also. Both of them aid to avoid the bitterness of the spinach.


  1. Sounds really flavoursome with ingredients used...thanks for dropping by and leaving ur comments on my blog :)

  2. Looks spicy and delicious,nice recipe,bookmarked.

  3. Healthy and tasty masiyal! Tempting pics.

  4. I have heard of vallarai's benefits but never attempted to cook them. This is wonderful am bookmarking it:-)

  5. Simple but yet a delicious dish..healthy n perfect it looks!

    US Masala

  6. very yummy and healthy version of making masiyal.Adding tamarind sounds nice

  7. Hi, first time here.. u've wonderful collection of recipes.. have bookmarked some of them... following u!!

  8. Healthy delicious masiyal dear..
    Thx. for sharing :)

  9. looks delicious n healthy...
    great blog you have ...chanced upon your space while blog hopping...
    wonderful recipe collection with perfect presentation..
    Glad to follow u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  10. You got a beautiful collections..i love your recipes....this masiyal looks exciting and love to try this.

  11. Looks delicious and healthy with that spinach and moong dal. Love it.

  12. I've never tasted this greens! Healthy masiyal!
    Thanks for stopping by in my blog!

  13. First time here, love your blog. Looks fantastic.


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