Thursday, September 23, 2010

Palak Amti (Spinach & black eyed peas curry)

Tried this recipe when I had to finish off the last portion of my sprouted black eyed peas. I blamed myself for not  noticing her blog till now. I might have seen it here & there, but never noticed that she has such a huge collection of recipes. Impressed by her! I have made some minor changes in the recipe to suit our taste buds. I must admit that, this is a non-tiring & nutritious recipe. Thank you Nupur.


Black eyed peas: 1 cup (Soaked in water for 3-4 hours)
Spinach: 2 cups or around 200gm (finely chopped)
Tamarind paste: 1 tbsp
Jaggery: 1 tsp
Salt: According to taste

For grinding:
Raw rice: 1 tsp
Grated coconut: 1/2 cup (fresh or frozen)
Green chillies: 4 nos

For tempering:
Oil: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Shallots/sambar onions: 4 nos (finely chopped) (Original recipe didnot have this)
Asafoetida: a pinch
Curry leaves: 5-6 nos


  • Pressure cook the peas with a big pinch of salt for 2 whistles. Let the cooker cool for 5-10mins.
  • Meantime, make a fine paste of the coconut, green chillies & rice. Keep aside.
  • Add a cup of water to the chopped spinach & cook them on medium heat for 3-5mins (Spinach gets cooked fast). Add the cooked peas, tamarind paste, salt, jaggery & the ground paste to it. Boil on a medium heat for 5-7mins (Let the peas & spinach absorb the spices). 
  • Finally prepare the tempering. Heat a small pan. Add oil to it. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When seeds splutter, add curry leaves & finely chopped onions.Saute till the onions become translucent. Finally add the asafoetida & turn off the heat. Pour the tempering over the curry prepared & mix well.
  • Serve hot with plain or mildly flavored rice. We preferred it with plain rice.

Original recipe had garlic, that I have avoided. If your family prefers garlic, you could use it too.


  1. hmmmmmmmmmmm! I am drooling.Lovely combo of blackeyed beans and spinach very healthy and it looks very tempting and mouthwatering.

  2. Black eyed beans and spinach sounds a delicious and healthy combo..nice recipe

  3. Hey sushma,

    The amti looks delicious.

  4. beautiful curry ...very new combo for me ...must try it


  5. Delicious and protein packed curry, never tried with spinach..must try..

  6. Very healthy, my mom usually does this one and i just love it..

  7. mmm. looks so yummy and tempting.

  8. hey Sushma,
    Nice blog here. Infact I try out different pulses with Palak. My fav :-)

    Thanks for being a part of TRA-WELL. Hope to see you contributing your Travel stories :-)
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