Thursday, December 9, 2010

Muddi palya /Mudda bhaji (Mashed lentils & greens)

This is a North Karnataka specialty. A very healthy, low fat dish that goes well both with rice & rotis. When I prepared this, I was not very sure if my hubby would like this.But, he thoroughly enjoyed eating it.

I am happy that I have made one more good friend here. She is from North Karnataka & this recipe is from her. I have noted down many North Karnataka dishes from her & you all know what to expect from my coming posts :)
We not only exchange recipes, we exchange good food too. Last week I got a box full of piping hot stuffed mirchi bhajji (stuffed green chili fritters). It was amazing !

Now, back to today's dish.

Serves: 3-4
Preparation time: 15mins
Cooking time: 45mins

Spinach or any other greens like amaranth leaves: 1 small bunch (around 150gms)
Toor dal/Pigeon peas: 3/4 cup
Brinjal: 1 medium sized (I normally use Chinese eggplant)
Tomato: 1 medium sized
Onion: 1 medium sized
Garlic: 1 pod
Green chillies: 3-4 nos
Any spice powder: 1 tsp (like rasam powder or sambar powder. I use sambar powder)
Tamarind extract: 1.5 tsp
Salt: According to taste
Turmeric: a big pinch
Oil: 2 drops
Water: Around 4 cups

Muddi palya tempering:
Oil: 1 tbsp
Garlic: 3 pods (sliced)
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Curry leaves: 6 nos
Dry red chili: 1 no

Rasam/Soup tempering:
Oil: 1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Curry leaves: 3-4nos

  • Wash the lentils thoroughly & keep them to boil in a large sauce pan (add around 2 cups of water to it).
  • Add the oil, turmeric to the lentils & let them cook on a medium flame.
  • Meantime, wash the eggplant, greens, tomato. Coarsely chop the greens, eggplant, tomato & onion.Crush the garlic & keep it aside. 
  • When the lentils are 3/4th cooked (press the lentil gently between your fingers. If lentils are soft to press then they are cooked), add the spinach, tomato, brinjal, onion & crushed garlic. Add another 2 or more cups of water. Cook for another 5-7mins on a medium flame till the vegetables are soft.

  • Add the spice powder, tamarind paste, salt & cook for another 3-4mins.
  • Turn off the heat & pass the cooked vegetables + lentils through a colander (Drain out the water). Preserve this drained stock to make a tasty rasam/soup. 
  • Immediately take out the veggies + lentils & mash them as much as possible (Remember to do this while the mixture is hot). 
  • Now you have 2 parts, mashed lentils + greens & drained stock.

For rasam:
  • Using the drained stock, proceed to make the rasam. Adjust the seasoning to the stock.
  • Prepare the tempering. Heat oil. Add the mustard seeds to the oil. When seeds splutter, add curry leaves, asafoetida & turn off the heat. Pour this tempering to the seasoned stock & mix well. Nutritious rasam is ready. Serve it hot with rice.

For muddi palya:
  • Prepare the tempering. Heat oil. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When seeds splutter, add garlic & curry leaves. When garlic turns golden brown, add broken red chili & turn off the heat. Pour this tempering over the  muddi palya. Mix well & serve it hot with rice or roti.
      (Thali/Lunch plate, Clockwise L-R, muddi palya, rasam, plain yogurt/curd, papad, steamed rice, chapathi/roti. ) 

  • If you are "no" to garlic & onion, you could omit it. I have made this without the garlic & onion. It tastes good either ways. 
  • Many greens like amaranth leaves, methi (fenugreek leaves), sharp spinach, round spinach could be used to make this.
  • It is very essential to mash the vegetables & lentils while they are still hot. No need to mash it in the blender. Just a rough mash using your masher should do the work. Also, take care not to make a paste out of it. Refer the picture to see how much to mash them. 
  • If the lentils are not properly cooked, this dish do not turn good. Hence cook the lentils well. 


  1. Wat a delicious bhaji, looks simply yummy..

  2. @priya,
    thanks for the quick comment.

  3. Wonderful recipe.. looks gr8.. lovely platter :)

  4. Dear Sush
    How are you? I like this recipe, specially the spicing and use of Tuar dal.
    I am going to try it . Let me see what all you have posted during my absence from Blog.
    Have a nice weekend

  5. Mudhi palya looks real yummy and healthy.

  6. loved the mashed lenthils and green...beautiful thali!!

  7. slurrp..nan fav combinations! looks yummm

  8. Super agide ri.. namkade Bassau anta madtivi it is something similar, though not exactly the same. Drooling here..

  9. That thali looks so comfort and delicious palya recipe...

  10. This looks absolutely delicious! I love the presentation!

  11. Looks so yummy,I love this palya with akkiroti



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