This tasty, spicy curry makes a great vegan side dish to go along with rice or any Indian flatbread. This is a very authentic curry commonly made with amaranth leaves, found in almost every Madhwa Brahmin household. I regularly make it with spinach, which is easier to find in almost all the grocers near my place. The same curry could be made with any type of fresh green leaves available to you like, dill, mountain spinach leaves, fenugreek, or linseed.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
25 mins
20 mins
1 hr 15 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place toor dal in a bowl and cover with water. Soak for 15 minutes.

  • Drain toor dal and transfer to a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Add 3 cups water and close and lock the lid. Choose high pressure and set the timer for 7 minutes; allow 5 to 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Set cooked toor dal aside.

  • Heat a pan over medium heat and add oil. Add mustard seeds to hot oil and cook until sputtering, about 1 minute. Add cumin, urad dal, chana dal, fenugreek seeds, and hing. Cook and stir, making sure the seasonings do not burn. Add curry leaves, red chiles, and green chiles and fry for 1 minute. Mix in chopped spinach and saute about 1 minute. Sprinkle 1/4 cup water over spinach and cover pan partially with a lid. Cook until wilted, about 10 to 15 minutes more.

  • Add cooked toor dal to the pan and mix well. Add coconut and jaggery and combine well. Season with salt and mix thoroughly.

Cook's Notes:

You can use brown sugar in place of jaggery. Feel free to use coconut oil in place of vegetable oil. You can use methi in place of fenugreek seeds.

Tastes best with hot rice or Indian flatbreads like roti, phulka, or chapati with a dollop of ghee on top of the curry or as desired.

Nutrition Facts

181 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 16.3g; fat 11.9g; sodium 76.6mg. Full Nutrition