Palak Tambuli Recipe (Udupi Style Spinach Tambli)

Smitha Kalluraya
Palak Tambuli Recipe (Udupi Style Spinach Tambli)
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Palak Tambuli is a spinach based gravy recipe from Udupi, Karnataka. It is a simple, healthy and comforting side dish. Tambuli with green leafy vegetables are neither spicy nor oily. Tambuli is a light, nutritious, mild and soothing recipe, served with hot rice and pickle for simple dinner.

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Cuisine: Karnataka
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

30 M


4 Servings


  • 15 Spinach Leaves (Palak)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 3 Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 2 Green Chilli
  • 1/4 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 1 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt) , sour or buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee
  • Salt , to taste
  • Tempering
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • Curry leaves , few
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli , broken

How to make Palak Tambuli Recipe (Udupi Style Spinach Tambli)

  1. To prepare Palak Tambuli / Udupi Style Spinach Tambli Recipe, clean, wash and roughly chop palak leaves (you can retain tender stems too).

  2. In a pan add few drops of ghee and roast jeera, pepper and green chilli. Fry for a minute.

  3. Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool.

  4. Grind leaves -spice mix, coconut and salt to a very smooth paste in a mixer by adding little water.

  5. Pour the mixture to a bowl and add buttermilk / curd .Mix well. Adjust the consistency as required. The consistency should be thin.

  6. Heat the remaining ghee in a small pan. Add mustard seeds and jeera, when it splutters add curry leaves .Pour the tempering on the tambli.

  7. Serve Palak Tambuli / Udupi Style Spinach Tambli Recipe in room temperature with hot steaming rice and pickle for dinner or relish as such as a drink during evening.

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