Masoppu Saaru / Mixed Green Dal

Masoppu saaru makes a superb combination for Ragi Mudde/ Finger Millet balls.
Massoppu means mashed greens.  You can prepare it using any combination of leaves depending on the availability and taste. Here, I have used Spinach / Palak and Dill / Sabbsige leaves.

Thanks to my friend dear Smita Girish, who introduced me to this dish and shared the recipe with me. I will upload a couple more dishes, that I learnt from Smita. Hope you all will like it. Until then bye.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cooking Time
25 Minutes

Cleaned Spinach Leaves (Roughly)
Cleaned Dill Leaves (Roughly)
Toor Dal/ Spilt Pigeon Peas
Small Onion (Roughly)
Shredded Coconut
Garlic Pods
Cumin Seeds/ Jeera
Tamarind/ Tamarind Paste
Green Chillies
Chopped Onion
2 Cups
1 Cup
1 Cup
2 Tbsp.
1 Tsp
Gooseberry size/ 1 Tsp
¼ Cup
To taste
For tempering
Mustard Seeds
Whole Red Chilli  (Optional)
1 Tsp
A Pinch
2 Tsp.

1.   Add the roughly chopped greens, onion, jeera, tamarind, green chillies, garlic in a vessel.
2.   In another vessel just add dal and tomato. Cook both the greens mixture and dal together in a pressure cooker.

3.   Let the pressure reduce and cool down. Pulse/grind coarsely the greens mixture and dal together and set aside.
Note: Do not discard the water of the cooked dal and the green. Keep it aside and use it later for cooking.

4.   In a small pan prepare tempering. To the tempering, add chopped onion and sauté for 3-4 mins. To this, add pulsed green and dal mixture. Add salt and tamarind pulp.

5.   Meanwhile grind the tomato and shredded coconut, and add this to the cooking mixture. Check on the consistency of the mixture, use the water that you had set aside after pressure cooking the dal and greens. Add this water to the mixture that is cooking, and see that it is not too dilute nor too thick. Adjust accordingly.
6.   Boil the whole mixture for at least 10-15 mins on medium heat.

7.   Serve hot Massoppu with Ragi Mudde/ Finger millet ball. You can serve Masoppu with hot rice as well.

Link to Ragi Mudde below:


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