Palak Sambar / Spinach Lentil Curry

4 from 1 vote

Palak Sambar or Spinach curry is a delicious sambar that pairs well with rice. This is a very simple recipe oozing with flavor. This spinach and lentil curry is beautiful flavored with the spices from sambar powder.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Served AsDinner, Lunch
CuisineSouth Indian
Servings 4


  • Palak / Spinach : 250 gms 4 cups - chopped
  • Tur dal / Split Pigeon Peas cooked : 2 cups (See notes)
  • MTR Sambar powder or homemade sambar powder : 3 tbsp See notes
  • Jaggery powder : 1/4 cup Adjust according to taste. See notes
  • Tomato finely chopped : 1 cup
  • Onion finely chopped : 1 cup
  • Ghee / Clarified butter : 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds / Rai : 1 tsp
  • Dry red chillies : 4-5
  • Curry leaves : 6-8
  • Asafoetida / Hing : 1/4 tsp
  • Salt


  • Heat 2 cups of water. Add spinach and jaggery. Once the spinach is cooked, add the cooked Tuvar Dal. Add the turmeric powder.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of ghee / clarified butter in another. When hot , add the mustard seeds and dry red chillies.When the seeds start to splutter, add the asafoetida/hing and curry leaves. Now add the onions.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook it they get soft. Turn off.
  • Add the onion-tomato mixture to the Spinach- dal mixture.
  • Add the sambar powder and salt. Mix well. Bring it to a boil and cook until the curry is slightly thick.Turn off.
  • Serve hot with rice. Papadum makes a great side with the Sambar-Rice combo:)


  • I have used MTR SAMBAR powder in this recipe. You may use homemade sambar powder too but you may need to adjust the quantity depending on the spice level of the powder.
  • I like the sambar with little sweet touch. If you want less sweetness, reduce the jaggery powder.
  • 1/2 cup of raw Tuvar dal / split pigeon peas yields 2 cups of cooked dal.

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