We rarely get to see Malabar Spinach (Bacchali koora) in our local Indian Stores. But if I see it on the shelves, I am sure to get it home. The slimy pile of Bacchali koora when chopping is a tad irritating but nothing can match the dal made out of these thick leaves!! The stalks are a little tough to cook thoroughly and I tend to avoid them but I heard they taste just as good!

This summer I tried planting the used stalks of these leaves and I was able to get a small batch of leaves for dal the other day! The stalks in the picture is what I could get in the frame this time :) [I should remind myself to take the pictures of the leaves too next time!]

Note that I use this method when I am in a hurry. This cooking process takes less than 25 min to get the dal on the table! 20 min for the dal to cook in the pressure cooker including the cooling time and then tadka .... done!!
For the last day of this edition of BM#8 under the theme 'Cooking with 5 ingredients or less', here is the humble and comforting dal. I am sure my fellow marathoners are cooking up a storm !

Bacchali Pappu


1. Toor Dal 3/4 cup
2. Bacchali Koora / Malabar Spinach chopped 2 cups
3. Green chillies 4-5 chopped (Optional)
4. Lemon juice or tamarind extract as needed
5a. Salt to taste
5b. Seasoning (Oil 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Red chilli 1, Hing couple pinches, 
Turmeric 1/4 tsp, curry leaves)

Method  Of Preparation - 

Pressure cook toor dal, chopped bacchali koora and chopped green chillies adding adequate water.

After the cooker is safe to be opened,  in a heated sauce pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. 

Bacchali Pappu

After the mustard seeds crackle, transfer the contents from the pressure cooker, add in salt and mix well. (Add the tamarind extract if using now). Add water if you want the dal to be a little runny.

Let it simmer for about 5 min and remove from fire. Squeeze in the lemon juice if using.

Serve hot with Rice and ghee.

Sending this to Susan's MLLA  38 guest hosted by Preeti.

Preparation 25 min
Serves 4
Posted by Harini on Monday, August 29, 2011


  1. Rajani Says:
  2. comfort food! perfect for a lazy rainy day :)

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. i can never say no....yummy pappu!

  5. aipi Says:
  6. would have to this with rice or roti, simple and delicious.
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  7. Super good.. dhal with greens is my all time favorite!!
    Krithi's Kitchen

  8. Priya Suresh Says:
  9. Looks super delicious and comforting..

  10. Elaichii Says:
  11. A healthy spinach dish! a must try!

  12. a healthy one...but i am not sure if i will get these leaves here...i can try with the spinach i get here:)

  13. Very delicious and comforting dal dear. My little one would love it. Thanks for sharing.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  14. Unknown Says:
  15. Healthy and delicious!!!!

  16. Healthy and delicious.

  17. Vardhini Says:
  18. Love dal and spinach combo anytime.

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  19. Prathima Rao Says:
  20. A simple, delicious dal!!! Love it with rotis :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  21. jayasree Says:
  22. Healthy, comfort food. The bowl looks very pretty.

  23. Reva Says:
  24. Very comforting dhal... simple home made food is the best:)

  25. Priya Says:
  26. ha! Now I know what those stalks of greens in the store are. They are never labeled and I did not know it was bachali kura all this time! I'll pick some up this week and try your recipe.

  27. Malabar Spinach? They are soo new to me! I should give it a try! Looks awesome!

  28. is the malabae spanich different?
    dal is delicious

  29. Bachali koora pappu chala bagundandi.. thanks for sharing :)
    Indian Cuisine

  30. my favorite dal, palak dal, yours is with a twist though...never added tamarind, so next time will do it ur way. Lovely picture

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