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Muddi Palya | Dal with Spinach | North Karnataka Side Dish

Muddi palya is very healthy and delicious popular side dish in North Karnataka region . Very simple and easy to make. Perfect for kids and nursing moms. This toor dal and  palak / Spinach dal does well with roti, rice and Bhakri.For nursing moms use dill leaves. You can also use mixed greens for this recipe.


  • ½ cup toor dal
  • 1 big handful or big bunch spinach/palak
  • 2 cup water
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 to 1¼ tsp salt
  • Small marble size tamarind soaked in water
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • Few curry leaves
  • 3 to 4 green chillies
  • ¼ tsp oil

For seasoning:

  • 1.5 tsp ghee
  • ¼ tsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp jeera/cumin seeds
  • Pinch of hing/asafetida


  1. Wash and chop the spinach.
  2. Pressure cook the dal with 1½ cup of water, ½ tsp oil and turmeric on medium heat, turn off the heat after 2 whistles.
  3. Powder 1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds using mortar and pestle.
  4. Grind the chillies to coarse texture or you can chop it finely.
  5. In a medium sauce pan take the chopped spinach, add the cooked dal, jeera powder, green chilli, and squeeze the tamarind juice and curry leaves.. Add water if needed.
  6. Let it boil on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the spinach cooks. Stir in between.
  7. Then turn off the heat,

Now prepare the seasoning:

  1. Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot enough add hing, mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds pops add jeera and turn off the heat and add this seasoning to the prepared Muddi Palya.