Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spinach Poricha Kuzhambu (Coconut & Lentil Sauce)

           Spinach is a favorite in our house, we have it at least once a week. There are a number of dishes that we can make with it, I cook it with some dal (lentils) or make a chutney with it or with rice as in this Spinach And Kidney Beans Rice. In today's dish spinach is cooked with tuvar dal ( split pigeon peas), fresh masala and coconut milk, it goes very well with rice or even with rotis..

Need To Have
  • Tuvar Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Chopped Spinach - 2 cups 
  • Tomatoes - 2 chopped
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sambar Powder - 2 teaspoons
  • Coconut Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Black Gram Dal - 2 teaspoons
  • Dried Red Chilli - 1
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 5 to 10 leaves
Make A Paste
  • Coriander Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Black Peppercorns - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black Gram Dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Grated Coconut - 1 tab

           Pressure cook the tuvar dal with the turmeric, till mushy. Roast all the ingredients except coconut, cool it and make a paste with the coconut.

          Cook the spinach with the tomatoes, sambar powder and salt. Once the spinach is cooked, add the dal and the paste, cook it for 5 more mins.

          Then add the coconut milk. Finally, heat 2 teaspoons of oil, add the mustard seeds, black gram dal, once the seeds start spluttering, add the red chilli, asafoetida and curry leaves, pour it over the cooked spinach. Serve it with rice or rotis.
Sending it to Cook's Joy for Kiran's CWF - Spinach event and
                to Erivum Puliyum for Sangee's Show Me Your "Hits" - Iron Rich Foods event

Don't use very thick coconut milk, if it is too thick, dilute it with some water.
If you don't have sambar powder, replace it with a teaspoon of chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder.

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  1. Spinach does make for a great soup and all of these spices are very complimentary flavors to put with it. The soup does look like the picture of health and deliciousness. Well done!

  2. Cant stop drooling,dear..yummy kulambu.

  3. nice flavour with the addition of coconut milk..

  4. I've always made lentils and spinach but adding coconut milk is something I wouldn't have considered, would love to try this twist.

  5. Porucha kuzhambu looks very colorful. I love porucha kootu I however never have coconut milk to it, will try it next time.

  6. Yum poricha kuzhambu, as everybody said I too use only coconut never tried with milk. Will try your version

  7. Super twist dear !! Never added coconut milk !! Nice comfort food perfect with rotis !!

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  8. Very healthy and nice one.. i hardly make spinach here.. somehow still stuck with indian one!

  9. so delicious, the coconut milk is an interesting addition.

  10. delicious dear...yes from madurai

  11. looks delicious and healthy...yum...yum.

  12. Tasty and healthy kuzhambu. Thx for linking.


  13. Beautiful looking, aromatic dish...healthy too!

  14. lovely healthy curry..nice preparation :)

  15. I see lots of great flavours in this dish. Yum!

  16. A nice different dish. Healthy too.

  17. this is awesome...i tried this out for th first time at a rest.(kaustabh)..and the taste stuck with me....i had not tried making it i will thanks to you:)

  18. This is a good one :)

  19. spinach dal is a fav at my house too... looks lovely

  20. this looks so different one. never tried it and good to disguise spinach also in here

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  21. adding coconut milk is new to me... but loved the combo.. bookmarked

  22. Super flavourful poricha kuzhambu, wish to have with a bowl of rice and papads..

  23. thats something i have never heard before....spinach poricha kootu yes...not poricha kuzhambu and well why not? it looks very delicious and with coconut milk everything gets heightened in flavour!