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I have been thinking of this recipe for quite a while now. With the scare on bagged spinach, I thought its better to be safe than sorry and didn’t buy spinach for almost 2 months. I bought a bunch from Indian store last weekend.

This is my grandmother (Dad’s mom) recipe and I had to call my mom for the exact ingredients and method. It is a very earthy, nutritious and low-fat dish.

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Palakura Pulusu (Spinach Soup) Yum
Palakura Pulusu (Spinach Soup)
Course soups stews
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch Spinach – washed and chopped
  • 1 Red onion – medium, chopped
  • 4 chilies Green – chopped
  • 2 tbsps Tamarind pulp
  • 2 tbsps Rice flour
  • to taste Salt
For tempering (Tadka):
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek seeds (Menthulu)
  • 2 chilies Dry red
  • 4 - 5 Curry leaves
  • a pinch Asafetida
Course soups stews
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch Spinach – washed and chopped
  • 1 Red onion – medium, chopped
  • 4 chilies Green – chopped
  • 2 tbsps Tamarind pulp
  • 2 tbsps Rice flour
  • to taste Salt
For tempering (Tadka):
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek seeds (Menthulu)
  • 2 chilies Dry red
  • 4 - 5 Curry leaves
  • a pinch Asafetida
Palakura Pulusu (Spinach Soup)
Instructions
  1. Take spinach and onions with 1 cup of water in a saucepan; cover and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add green chilies, salt and tamarind juice (add ¼ cup water to tamarind pulp to make the juice); cook for 10minutes.
  3. In the mean time, mix the flour with ¼ cup water to make slurry with no lumps. Add this to the spinach mixture and cook for another 5 minutes till the mixture is slightly thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and add the tadka or tempering. For tempering, heat 1 tsp oil in a small saucepan, add all the ingredients listed, let the seeds splutter. Add this to the spinach mixture. Serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

Pictures updated: June 2013

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8 thoughts on “Palakura Pulusu (Spinach Soup)”

  1. This is an interesting dish! I am looking for ways to increase my iron content and it seems like this is a good recipe to start. Thanks Pavani.

  2. Great recipie !! My love for spinach is endless, now I found a new way to make it, well its definetly on my “to-cook” list now.

  3. Pavani,
    Thanks for blogging this recipe. I am always in the look-out for more Spinach recipes, just because it is
    healthy and available. Should try it sometime. BTW, why are you scared of bagged spinach, just curious ?

    Cheers,
    Nav

  4. Hi Pavani,

    I have often made this pulusu as a substitute for the times when I do not get fresh thotakura.(My mom makes great thotakura pulusu)I put vegetables too,like bhindi,potato,sometimes pumpkin and drumstick.

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