dal with green leaf/ muddipalya
Dal with green leaf / Muddipalya
Written by Jayashree
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Dal with green leaf / muddipalya is the staple food of many people in South India. It is usually served with steamed rice.

Dal with green leaf makes a good accompaniment with any meal. Tur dal cooked with green leaf vegetables is healthy and makes one of the cherished  south indian meals. It is popular  as “pappu” in Andhra while in Karnataka it is known as “muddipalya” . Our meals seems to be highlighted by a variety of green leaves as spinach, methi  or many others which are abundantly available. This is the recipe from the state of Karnataka.

This is one of the daily essentials in many parts of South India. This dal and rasam are usually cooked simultaneously in most households. 

INGREDIENTS :dal with green leaf/ muddipalya

  • tur dal 1 cup 
  • spinach  1 cluster
  • methi 1 cluster 
  • green chillies 4
  • oil 2 tbsp
  • mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • asafoetida a pinch
  • turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
  • tamarind  a lemon size
  • salt to taste
  • sambar powder 1 tsp
  • mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • asafoetida a pinch
  • turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
  • tamarind  a lemon size
  • salt to taste
  • sambar powder 1 tsp                       
  • METHOD :Cook tur dal in pressure cooker. Cut the stalk of the green leaves and chop them finely. Put them in salt water for sometime. Heat oil in a kadai and make the seasoning with mustard, asafoetida, turmeric and green chillies. Add the green leaves and salt, mix and let cook for sometime. Then add the cooked dal and mix well. Let boil for sometime. Then, add the tamarind pulp  and sambar powder and allow to  simmer on low flame for five minutes. Serve with hot rice or jowar roti.


    • 1 cup tur dal
    • 1 cluster spinach
    • 1 cluster fenugreek leaf
    • 4 green chilly
    • 2 tablespoon oil
    • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
    • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
    • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
    • lemon ball size tamarind
    • salt to taste
    • 1 teaspoon sambar powder


    1. Cook tur dal in pressure cooker. 

    2. Remove the stalk of the green leaves and cut them finely. Keep them in salt water for sometime.

    3. Heat oil in apan, add the mustard, asafoetida, turmeric, green chilly and salt. Let cook for sometime. 

    4. Add the cooked dal to it. MIx well and let cook on a slow flame for dometime. 

    5. Add the tamarind pulp and sambar powder to it. Mix and simmer for for five minutes. 

    6. Serve with hot steamed rice. 


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  1. Archana

    Our favorite vegetable is muddi Palya especially tastes awesome does it not with jowar roti. You have me drooling over the combo.

  2. Sowmya

    That is such a simple yet flavourful and nutritious dish. perfect comfort food for adults and kids alike!

  3. mayurisjikoni

    Th first time I tasted any greens in a dal was some years back at the famous Nagarjuna restaurant in Bangalore and loved it. Since then I try and add some greens whenever possible. I like how you’ve mixed both spinach and methi.

  4. Sowmya

    Spinach and methi with the dal would have been total flavour bomb. Looks delicious!!

  5. Renu Agrawal Dongre

    A good way to add some greens to your diet. I do this often. Your dal looks delicious

  6. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    Jaya really this is a good way to add some greens in dal. Your dal looks delicious, for feeding kids it is a best way !



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