Masoor – Spinach Gravy with Coconut (Masoori – Palak Ambat)

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Masoor was not very commonly used in Konkani dishes before. But it has become a regular at  my home these days. The most popular masoor dish at home is this masoor bhaji which I my family loves. This is another very simple gravy with Konkani flavors. If you are not too fond of coconut, just leave it out and follow the remaining steps – just make a powder of fried coriander seeds and add. The gravy still tastes very good.

Spinach/Palak was also not frequently available at our hometown. These days we have sante (farmer’s markets) once a week and we can find spinach there.

1 cup whole masoor
2 tbl spn coconut
1 cup spinach leaves
1 tea spn coriander seeds
3-4 red chillies
1/4 tea spn tamarind
A pinch turmeric
2 tea spns chopped garlic or 1/2 cup chopped onion

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Wash masoor, spinach. Take them in a cooker insert (or directly in cooker) add turmeric and water. Cook in pressure cooker till done – about 3 whistles.
Heat oil and add coriander seeds. When they are fried, grind them with coconut, tamarind and red chillies.
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Add the ground masala to cooked masoor-spinach mixture and bring it to boil. Add salt, cook for couple of minutes. Switch off heat.
In another pan, heat a little oil, add garlic or onion – whichever you are using – and fry till they are brownish. Pour this over masoor mixture. Serve hot with rice.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30 mins

14 thoughts on “Masoor – Spinach Gravy with Coconut (Masoori – Palak Ambat)”

  1. shilpa, does masoor dal taste similar to toor dal?

    one more clarification, what cream do u use for cooking?. please let me know how to choose cooking cream in walmart. (i live in san antonio).
    thanks in advance.

  2. This sounds amazing!

    When u say tamarind. Do you mean tamarind pulp or juice. Could you please clarify how do I use tamarind.

    Thanks & Regards


    1. You can use ready made paste available or soak the tamarind in a little warm water and squeeze the juices. Use the juices

  3. Very nice recipe will definitely try it. I make it with sprouted masur and add just blanched palak as it does need too much cooking.

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