Palakachi Patal Bhaji

Spinach based side dish with besan gravy


  • 2 bunches spinach, washed and cut
  • 3 tablespoons besan (channa dal flour)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup split channa dal, soaked in water for 2 hours
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, soaked in water for 2 hours
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 green chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida


  1. Pressure cook peanuts and chana dal till soft.
  2. Dry roast cumin and coconut. Grind and keep aside.
  3. Blanch spinach in water. Preserve water.
  4. Heat blanched spinach along with peanuts and chana dal on low heat. Add lump free besan whisked in butter milk. Add 3 cups of spinach water.
  5. Bring to boil. Stir frequently and cook till it thickens.
  6. Adjust taste with sugar, salt and chilli powder. Add garam masala and ground coconut.
  7. Prepare temper by heating oil. Splutter mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, green chilli, asafoetida and turmeric powder.
  8. Pour temper over besan preparation and enjoy Palakachi Patal Bhaji hot with millet bread/ bhakri.

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