Cheera Parippu curry/Lentils with Spinach

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This is a healthy and comfort food that can be prepared so easily.It goes very with Rice,Rotis or even Bread.And its so tasty and highly nutritious.The Dal/Parippu/Lentils used in it are rich in proteins and the spinach is highly rich in Iron,Folic Acid and anti oxidants.This is a wonderful dish highly recommended for growing children,pregnant women,old and young alike!Unlike the usual recipe of Cheera Parippu curry in our homes,this one truly stands apart,because instead of the coconut paste used in the usual recipe,here it is replaced by coconut milk instead.

I am one among those who dont like greens much in my food.But this is one recipe that will leave you craving for more of greens like this delicious curry,trust me!!!Do try it out!!!




Spinach – 1 bunch,washed and Chopped.

Toor Dal – 1 cup.

Turmeric  powder- 1/4 tsp.


Garlic – 2 pearls sliced

Cumin seeds – 1 generous pinch

Thin coconut milk -1 1/2 cups

Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Dried Red Chillies – 2

Oil – 2 tbsp

Shallots- 4 sliced

Mustard – 1 1/2 tsp.



  1. In a pressure cooker,cook spinach,dal/lentils along with turmeric powder,cumin seeds,salt, and Thin coconut milk for 4 whistles.When the presssure releases,open the lid and gently mash the Dal with the back of a wooden spoon and mix well!
  2. Put the flame on low and pour the Thick coconut milk and stir well and keep on flame for 1 minute and keep aside.
  3. Now in a pan,heat oil and splutter the mustard and add the redchillies and shallots and saute till shallots slightly changes colour.
  4. Pour this into the Spinach Dal curry and serve Hot and Enjoy!!!

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