Monday, July 27, 2015

Palak Tambli/Tambuli (Spinach Yogurt Curry)


Tambli/Tambuli(yogurt  curry) is one of the most commonly prepared curry in every brahmin household specially in Udupi. Today I will share the recipe of tambli prepared using spinach/palak. Blend of coconut, sauteed palak with cumin seeds, green chilly and curd makes delicious "palak tambli". Usually tamblis are every easy to prepare.I have already shared other varieties of tambulis in my earlier posts.
 We can prepare palak tambli in two ways. They are "Green chilly version" and "Black pepper version". Please refer to my tips/alternate section for more.
 Serve this fresh palak tambli with Rice and moru molaga/shandage munanchi/Majjige Menasu/Sundried buttermilk chilies.Without wasting any time, let me jump into the detailed recipe.

Recipe courtesy: Dr. Veena Tholapdy( My Aunt)

Ingredients :

handful of cleaned fresh spinach (hold tightly and measure)
1 tsp of jeera/cumin seeds
2 tsp of ghee
1 Green chilly OR 5-6 black pepper corns (you can use either green chilly or pepper corns as per your preference)
approximately 2 cups of curd
3 tbsp of grated fresh coconut
salt to taste

For Seasoning:
9-10 curry leaves
1 tsp of mustard
1 tsp of urad dal
1/2 tsp of jeera/cumin seeds
1-2 dry red chilies cut into halves

How To Prepare?

  • In a pan/kadai, heat 1 tsp of ghee. Add cumin seeds to it. Fry for 20-30 secs.
  • Now add spinach and saute for 1-2 mins until it becomes 1/4th of the original volume.Switch off the flame and let it cool down completely.


  • Add coconut, salt, green chilly and sauteed palak to the mixer jar. Grind everything together for a minute.Now add curd and grind everything well again until it becomes a thin fine paste.

  • Pour the tambuli into a serving bowl and keep it aside.
  • In the same pan heat 1 or 1/2 tsp of ghee. Add mustard seeds, urad dal,cumin seeds and red chilly. As soon as the mustard seeds pop out add in curry leaves and switch off the flame.
  • Pour this seasoning on top of tambuli. Mix it well before you serve.

  • Above mentioned recipe is "Green chilly version".
  • For "black pepper version" use black pepper instead of green chilly , its very good for health too. Along with cumin seeds you have to add black pepper in the first step itself and fry for 20-30 secs. Rest of the recipe remains same.
  • You can play around seasoning ingredients by adding/omitting few ingredients.
  •  If I go for black pepper version, then I use only cumin seeds and curry leaves in the seasoning. That is  how my aunt prepares and its a heavenly taste.

Thanks for reading through my post ,If you try it at home , please get back to me with your valuable comments.Your comments means a lot to me.

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