spinach raita

make palak tambuli

Today I have a bowlful of simple ,healthy and comforting side dish .. . ” Palak Tambli / Spinach Tambuli ” . Tambli is a very traditional Karnataka dish which our grannys have been making from many years from various herbs,peels,spices etc . For better understanding we can term tambli as medicated buttermilk / a type of raita /a curry/ cold soup .You can prepare tambli with anything and most of them takes just 10 mins . Yes in 10 mins you have a bowlful of comforting food to cool your soul .Each has its unique flavor and benefits. Tamblis are not spicy, greasy or heavy. Instead they are lite,mild,medicinal and soothing . I had earlier shared Ginger thambli ,Brahmi thambli,doddapatre tambli , fenugreek seeds tambli and today lets learn step by step recipe for Palak Tambli . Its a very basic dish,nutrient -dense and thoughtfully prepared. So are you ready to make a note of authentic palak tambli recipe … Here you go …

spinach raita


Smitha Kalluraya
" Palak Tambli " is a simple traditional accompaniment from Karnataka
Course Side Dish
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 4 serving


  • 15 - 20 Spinach /palak leaves
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 3 - 5 pods Pepper
  • 2 nos Green Chilly, ( Usually tambli is mild )
  • 1/4 Cup grated coconut
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups sour curd /buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • to taste Salt


  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 1 Red Chilli /Sundried Curd Chilli, ( Broken )


  • Clean,wash and roughly chop palak leaves ( you can retain tender stems too ) .
  • In a pan add few drops of ghee and roast jeera,pepper and green chilli.Fry for a minute.
  • Add the palak leaves and sauté for 2-3 minutes or till the leaves turn soft and change their colour.
  • Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool.
  • Grind leaves -spice mix ,coconut and salt to a very smooth paste in a mixer by adding little water.
    make palak tambuli
  • spinach tambuli
  • Pour the mixture to a bowl and add buttermilk / curd .Mix well.Adjust the consistency as required. The consistency should be thin .
    palak tambuli recipe
  • Heat the remaining ghee in a small pan.Add mustard seeds and jeera ,when it splutters add curry leaves .Pour the tempering on the thambli .
  • Serve Palak tambli in room temperature with hot steaming rice or relish as such as a drink.
    make palak tambuli


  1. You can try any other herb like mint, curry leaves,fenugreek leaves,brahmi leaves ,ajwain leaf etc .
  2. Grind the paste smooth . That will give a nice consistency .
  3. Use little sour curd or buttermilk .Sourness will enhance the taste

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  • Reply
    Sweta Mani
    August 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Looks lovely!

  • Reply
    Anju Tony
    August 22, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Looking so unique…will try..see my dishes too plz

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