Mudhu Palya

Vidhan Soudha

Living in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka State; I felt the need to take part in the RCI – Karnataka event hosted by dear Asha.

The above picture is that of Vidhan Soudha, the Karnataka State Assembly Building which is the largest of its kind in India. Bangalore is called the Garden City of India. It is also called the air-conditioned city because of its cool weather throughout the year. You can read more about Bangalore here.

I am familiar with a few Karnataka recipes like tomato bath, kara bath, chow chow bath, puliogare and chitranna. I have also tried different types of bondas and also Coorg non veg specialities. So, this time I wanted to make a vegatarian curry. After going through a number of recipes on the web, I came across this North Karnataka Spaciality called Mudhu Palya. Fenugreek (methi) leaves are cooked with tur dhal to make a delicious curry. It is a very simple dish which can be prepared within no time.


Methi leaves -1 bunch, chopped
Tur dhal -1 cup
Green chillies -4
Coriander powder -1 tbsp
Cumin powder -1\2 tsp
Dry coconut (copra) -1 tbsp
Asafoetida (hing) powder – a pinch
Jaggery -a small piece
Tamarind paste -1 tbsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Salt -to taste
Oil -1 tbsp
Coriander leaves -1 tbsp, chopped


Cook the tur dhal in a pressure cooker for 5 minutes. Grind green chillies, coriander powder, cumin powder and dry coconut in a mixer, without adding water. Heat oil in a non stick pan, add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add a pinch of asafoetida powder. Then add the ground powder. Fry for 2 minutes. Add the methi leaves and cook covered for 10 minutes. Do not add any water. Mix in between. Now add the cooked dhal, salt, jaggery and tamarind paste. Allow it to boil for 5 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves. It goes well with rice and rotis.

  1. Oh Lissie, Mudhu palya looks mouthwatering, thank you so much for taking time. I would love it with Chapatis!:))
    Love to see Vidhana Soudha.

  2. Madhu palya looks delicious Lissie. You have a nice blog as well. Keep up the good work and welcome to the world of food bloggers.


  3. It looks delicious.

  4. Mudhu in telugu means *Kiss* so that means u made Kiss-Palya…juz kidding I like the combination of Methi and Dal…adding jaggery is new to me!

  5. lovely looking palya! like Padma said adding Jaggery is new in Dal.

  6. Yummy Lissie I love the pictures sounds lovely. 🙂

  7. I can eat a whole bowl of this.

  8. WOW…mouthwatering recipe!! 🙂

  9. hey, palya looks so inviting, very nutritious as well!
    thanks for leaving a trail on my blog!

  10. hi lissie,
    palya looks delicious.beautiful pics.

  11. mmmiam, j’aime!