Paalak Parippu thoran

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  1. Chana dal – 1/2 cup
  2. Coconut oil – 2 tbsps.
  3. Mustard seeds – 3/4 tsp.
  4. Onion – 1 medium; finely chopped
  5. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp.
  6. Grated coconut – 1 cup; tightly packed
  7. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp.
  8. Greenchilly – 3 numbers
  9. Spinach/paalak – 6 cups (packed); finely chopped
  10. Salt to taste


  1. Cook the chana dal adding 1/2 tsp. of salt, 1 tsp. of coconut oil and 11/4 cup of water in a pressure cooker. Simmer for 10 minutes after the first whistle. Open the cooker once the pressures subside. Cook till the dal is completely dry. Keep aside.
  2. Pound together the grated coconut, cumin seeds and greenchillies and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a wok and splutter the mustard seeds. Add the chopped onions and cook till golden brown in colour. Stir in the turmeric powder and fry on low heat for a minute.
  4. Add the pounded coconut mixture and fry on medium low heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the chopped spinach, salt and the cooked chana dal. Fry on medium high heat till completely dry for about 7-10 minutes. Do not cover and cook this thoran.
  5. Serve hot with rice/roti.
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