Bachali Kura Pappu | Andhra Malabar Spinach Dal

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I am a great fan of green vegetables and they are used extensively in my home. One of my favourite green vegetables is Bachali Kura. We make loads of dishes with it and today I am writing about Bachali Kura Pappu or a dal made with it.

Bachali Kura Pappu | Malabar Spinach Dal | Mayalu Dal
Bachali Kura Pappu

Bachali Kura grows in abundance and very quickly even in small pots. All you need to do is plant a stem or two in the pot and water it occasionally. As a result, we used to grow a lot of this green vegetable at home and so almost always had it on hand.

Bachali Kura is called Malabar Spinach or Ceylon Spinach in English, Mayalu in Marathi, Pui Shaak in Bengali.

Also try my recipes for  Bachali Kura Pulusu and Kanda Bachali Kura.

Bachali Kura Pappu is a very healthy dish because it combines a great deal of greens with lentils. Also, it needs very little by way of spices and so is not overpowering in taste; this makes it suitable for all palates and age groups.

How to Make Bachali Kura Pappu | Andhra Style Malabar Spinach Dal

Bachali Kura Pappu | Malabar Spinach Dal | Mayalu Dal

Bachali Kura Pappu | Andhra Malabar Spinach Dal

Bachali Kura Pappu is a traditional recipe from Andhra Pradesh. It is a delicious and healthy dish that combines greens with lentils, and tastes great with some rice and ghee. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh, Indian, South Indian
Servings 4 People


  • 3 Cups Finely Chopped Bachali Kura Leaves
  • 3/4 Cup Kandi Pappu, Tuvar Dal
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 2.5 Cups Water
  • Salt to Taste

For Tempering

  • 2 tsp Ghee Oil for Vegans
  • 1 tsp Minapa Pappu, Udad Dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 to 3 Red Chillies
  • 2 Large Pinches Asafoetida, Hing, Inguva


Making the Bachali Kura Pappu

  • Wash the chopped bachali kura well.
  • Add the washed Bachali Kura and 1.5 Cups water to a vessel.
  • Wash the dal well.
  • Add the washed dal and 1.5 Cups water to another vessel.
  • Pressure cook the greens and dal in two separate vessels for 4 whistles.
  • Let the pressure cooker cool before opening.
  • Using a heavy ladle mash the dal well.
  • Add the cooked bachali kura to the mashed dal.
  • Add the turmeric, red chilli powder, and salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Add a little water, if required, to make the dal of pouring consistency.

The Tempering

  • In a ladle, heat the ghee.
  • Add the udad dal and stir-fry till light golden brown.
  • Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  • Add split red chillies and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Add the hing.
  • Add the tempering to the Bachali Kura Pappu.
  • Mix well.

The Final Stage

  • Heat the Bachali Kura Pappu till it starts to simmer.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.

Serving the Bachali Kura Pappu

  • Serve hot with steamed rice and ghee.
Keyword Andhra Malabar Spinach Dal, Bachali Kura Pappu


Malabar Spinach | Mayalu Dal
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