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palak spinach sambar recipe

Spinach Sambar Recipe (Palak Sambar)

Spinach sambar or palak sambar is made using fresh spinach or palak leaves in South Indian style.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 244kcal


  • 3 cups Fresh spinach leaves (or a little more if you like)
  • 1.5 cups toor dal (yellow pigeon peas)
  • 4 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt adjust as required
  • 4 cups Water

Spice Powders

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons sambar powder
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds powder
  • asafoetida a pinch

For seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4 dry red chilies


  • Wash the spinach leaves and drain the water, keep aside.
  • Peel and chop the onion, keep it separate from the spinach.
  • Chop the tomatoes too in medium sized pieces and you can keep this aside with the spinach leaves.
  • Heat oil in the pressure cooker and add the mustard seeds to make the seasoning.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add the red chilies and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped onion and saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the salt, spinach leaves and chopped tomatoes and mix well and saute for another 1 minute.
  • Wash the yellow pigeon peas (toor dal) in water 2 to 3 times and add to the cooker and mix well.
  • Add the water and spice, mix everything well and close the pressure cooker with the lid (and safety valve).
  • Cook in medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes or for 4 whistles.
  • After 10 to 12 minutes of cooking, switch off the stove and wait for the pressure cooker to cool down.
  • Once the cooker is cooled enough, open the cooker and see if the dal (pigeon peas) and vegetables are cooked enough as needed. In case you think the gravy is less, you may add a little more water and heat for another 1 minute.
  • Mix the contents very well and the spinach sambar is ready to serve!


Serve the sambar with rice for lunch or dinner or you can serve the sambar for dosa or idli for breakfast, snack or dinner as you wish!


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 772mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2155IU | Vitamin C: 55.4mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 5.1mg