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Potato masala and Spinach Dal Curry

I almost make this curry once in two weeks. I love the combo of keerai kozhambhu (spinach dal) with potato masala. My husband is not a big fan of greens, but he love this spinach dal.

Adding lots of garlic into this spinach dal makes it different and tastes sooo good. There is something about this combination that’s so tasty for a south Indian Palette. And the potato curry also makes a great combination for dishes like sambar, paruppu urundai kozhambhu andย  yogurt rice.

Spinach Dal:

Preparation Time: 30 mins
No of servings : 3-4
Spice level : 2 out of 5


  • Spinach : 1 Bunch
  • Onions : 1 (medium)(Chopped)
  • Tomato : 1 (chopped)
  • Garlic : 4 cloves (pressed)
  • Turmeric powder : 1tsp
  • Green chilies : 5-6 (according to your spice level)
  • Curry leaves : 4-5
  • Toor Dal : 1/2 cup (washed and soaked for 15 minutes)

For Seasonings:

  • Oil : 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • Urad dal : 1tsp
  • Whole red chilies : 3-4
  • Asafoetida: 1/4tsp
  • Vadagam : 1/2tbsp (optional)

Method of Preparation:

  1. Wash and boil spinach in a pan for about 10-12 minutes or till it becomes soft and cooked.
  2. After that drain the water and finely chop the boiled spinach leaves.
  3. Now pressure cook the toor dal with a cup of water, turmeric powder, onion, tomato, garlic, green chilies (slit lengthwise) and some salt.
  4. Pressure cook them for 4-5 whistles or until the dal becomes fully cooked.
  5. After that remove from heat and wait till the pressure subsides.
  6. Then add the spinach (chopped) into the dal mixture and heat it again till it comes to a boil. Mix it all together.
  7. In a separate pan heat oil add and fry the seasonings until the mustard seeds sputter.
  8. Then add it to the dal mixture. Serve it hot with rice, papad and potato curry.

Potato Curry :

Preparation Time: 40 mins
No of servings : 2-3
Spice level : 2 out of 5


  • Potatoes: 3
  • Onion : 1 (cut it into lengthwise)
  • Tomato : 1
  • sambar powder : 2 tsbp
  • Oil: 2tbsp
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds : 1tsp
  • Urad dal : 1 tsp
  • Garlic : 3 (pressed)
  • Curry leaves : 6-7
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4tsp
  • salt : according to your taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook the potatoes till it becomes fully cooked or you can just boil the potatoes till it becomes cooked.
  2. After that peel the skin of potatoes and cut it into cubes.
  3. Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, fennel seeds after it pops add curry leaves.
  4. Then add onions fry them till it becomes translucent and add garlic, fry them for few minutes.
  5. Finally add tomatoes let it sit in the heat for 2-3 minutes and add turmeric powder, salt and sambar (or curry) powder.
  6. Mix it all together add 1/4 cup of water, let it come to boil and finally add the potatoes.
  7. Mix them well and cook till it becomes dry.
  8. Garnish it with coriander leavesย  and serve it hot with rice and spinach dal curry.

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  1. Wow, both those pics are sooooooooooo inviting. I was just going to get up and prepare dinner and then I see this. You are tempting me ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wow! Fantastic combo! Gorgeous pictures!

  3. WOW..that looks so appetizing..tempting pics..thanks for sharing this Shriya!

  4. Hi

    Both the preparations look wonderful and yummy. Very nice clicks.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. dal palak is one of my fav as its so healthy as well delicious..beautiful clicks shriya.

  6. wow..great combo…we used to make both the dishes but I have learnt a typical south Indian style of making…thanks

  7. i too make this combo every week. your version of making spinach sounds new and yummy.I neve add garlic and onion to it.will try next time

  8. Great looking photos, so yum. Make you feel like grabbing from that bowl of greens from your screen!:)

  9. Now that a super delicious combo!!!! I love it!

  10. I love spinach dal too. Good way of getting in a few greens. Time I made some too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Both looks so delicious….What a co-incident I too made potoato fry today!!

  12. Shirya,

    Potato masala and spinach dal curry makes wonderful dinner or lunch. I love it.

  13. Here’s where I confess my sometimes-unfamiliarity with desi food terms. What is toor daal? Is it the little, oval, yellow ones? I do have a gorgeous bunch of fresh spinach and we are trying to cut back on the meat so we may have a winner in this dish. Now if only I could figure out this toor business ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. i shall send u a nicer recipe fr the event…this one was kinda lame ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Oh that meal wud be brilliant with jus rice and pappad…

  15. Spinach dhal is one of favorite and the potato curry is very nice side dish for it. Nice pictures.

  16. Hmm,,Spinach dal is our faav dear , i use to cook often its very healthy combo naa…sure u enjoyed this dal with ur family dear.

  17. wow, that looks sooo good!

  18. Thanks dear ones for your lovely comments.

  19. Both looks awesome..yummy yumm!!!

  20. Loved the potato with dal combo dear.

    Great Clicks.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  21. Hi I’m frm all ur recipes…n on top gorgeous pics.I was wondering can i serve tis to a 14mths tot..cos kinda a no of seasonings n salt.It would b great if u cd share sme indian toddler recipes.

    Thk you
    Mummy to a beautiful baby Ria

  22. Lovely combo…and so easy to make…I had a hard day and this sure brightened up my evening…this one is a keeper…Thanks a ton!


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