Spinach Parippu

Spinach Parippu a.k.a spinach dal is the most comforting gravy you can enjoy with rice. The fabulous flavors come together seamlessly to give you an ideal, homemade, wholesome meal. I love having this with a piece of fish fry on the side, plain yogurt, and some mango pickle! Ahhhhh! This recipe is from my mom, and I’ve had the benefit of enjoying it for years, it’s time to share it with all of you 🙂 Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


  • Prep time – 15 minutes
  • Cook time – 30 minutes


  • Masoor Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Moong Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Spinach (Roughly Chopped) – 2 cups
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable Oil – 1 tbsp Or Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Red Onion (Finely Chopped) – 1
  • Tomato (Chopped) – 1
  • Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Indian Green Chilly (Slit) – 1
  • Coriander Leaves for Garnish


  1. Wash the dals and put it in a pressure cooker. Add the spinach, water, ginger garlic paste, turmeric and salt to taste
  2. Pressure cook for one whistle and simmer for 5 minutes (If using an electric pressure cooker, I cook on high for 20 minutes – the time will vary depending on your cooker)
  3. While the dal is cooking, heat the oil or ghee in a pot
  4. Add the cumin seeds and let it splutter for a few seconds
  5. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes
  6. Add the tomato, green chilly and chilli powder. Mix until the tomatoes are soft
  7. Pour this onion-tomato mixture over the prepared dal and mix it well. Let it come to a boil and then turn off the stove
  8. Garnish with coriander and serve warm 🙂

Spinach Parippu 1


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