BM #123 Week 2 Day 2 - 

This version of Spinach dal is from the Palakkad region. The spice mix used adds texture and flavor to the otherwise regular spinach dal.

I was wondering how it would taste without any souring agent like tamarind or lemon juice. After tasting it we never felt the need for any tamarind or lemon juice at all. A fantastic find for us as we are always looking for unique recipes to make with spinach.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Spinach washed and chopped 2 cups
Toor dal 1/4 cup
Salt, Turmeric as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1/2 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp, Red Chili, Asafotida 2 pinches, Curry leaves few)
Spice Mix - 
Oil 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal 1 Tbsp
Coconut 2 Tbsp
Red Chilies 2 (as per preference)
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and pressure cook Toor dal in about a cup of water. Set aside. Mash well before using.

In a heated pan, add oil and roast all the ingredients except coconut and asafotida. Set aside and grind into a coarse paste adding coconut, asafotida and water. Set aside.

In a heated saucepan, boil chopped spinach adding about a half cup of water, salt and turmeric. 

After the spinach is cooked well, add in the coconut spice mix and cooked dal. Let the dal come to rolling boil.

Meanwhile prepare the seasoning by heating oil and adding mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, asafotida, red chili and curry leaves. 

After the mustard seeds pop and the urad al is golden brown, remove from heat and pour into the simmering dal.

Remove the dal from heat, cover and set aside for a few minutes.

Serve it hot with rice and ghee.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 3-4
Posted by Harini R on Friday, June 11, 2021


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. Yes, this is one of those many dishes from this cuisine I simply love!...this is so simple to make, yet tastes so good..enjoying your atoz series Harini..

  3. Kalyani Says:
  4. Molagootal is such a comfort food in Tamil/Palakkad cuisine. And this picture looks so appetising, with the tadka on top

  5. Suma Gandlur Says:
  6. My kids and I love spinach dal and I am sure this would be a nice variation to try.

  7. I make spinach chana dal. I 'm sure my daughter will love this version of spinach dal with flavorful tadka on the top

  8. Radha Says:
  9. This is often made in our home and we use veggies too! Your molagootal looks the way my mom makes it. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. Narmadha Says:
  11. This is my favorite way of eating greens. Love the tadka on the top and this looks so delicious.

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