Agase Soppu Palya / Agathi Leaf Curry

Agase Soppu as we call it in kannada is a type of leaves . In english they are known as Agathi leaves ( i found this after googling around a bit). The iron content in these leaves makes them very a healthy vegetable. There is a bit of bitterness so to overcome that we add cooked toor dal into it. This makes it a curry (Palya) like recipe . This you can be prepared for lunch and can be had with hot rice / chapatis. I have not come across these leaves in US. But we definitely you get it in india. I prepared this dish when i was on vacation in India. This curry has a very unique and good taste.


  • Agase soppu / Agathi leaves - 1 bunch
  • Toor dal / Thogari bele / Yellow Pigeon Lentil - 4 tsp
  • Salt to taste / Uppu
  • Oil / Yenne - 5 tbsn
  • Grated Coconut / Thenginakai - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds / Sasive- 1/4 tsp
  • Hing / Asafoetida - A pinch
  • Red chillies / Kempu mensinakai - 1 or 2, small pieces
  • Chana dal / Kadale bele / Split Chikpeas - 1tsp
  • Lemon juice / Nimbehanina rasa - 1 tsp
  • Wash the leaves, drained and finely chopped
  • Heat pan add oil , and add mustard seeds, hing, chillies, chana dal, oneafter the other
  • Add leaves and fry it in the oil till cooked
  • Add cooked dal, coconut mix well
  • Add salt and lemon juice , stir well
  • Serve hot

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Kannada Cuisine said...

So healthy! Love it

Lakshmi said...

We get them in Singapore too. I have to try it out..

Raks said...

In tamil also its Agathi keerai only,we to make dry curry with this :) Looks good Mala!

Padma said...

Very healthy dish...

sangeeta said...

Hi mala ..
first time here and great to see a regional recipe with such a wonderful green....i have to look out for this leaf as i love cooking with different types of ingredients..

Anonymous said...

Nice Vanamala, tatte idli savat romba naal aachi....slurp!!!!

Unknown said...

Agathi keerai sounds so nutritious. i remember my grandma making the same dish. Great with rice n dal.

Roochi said...

This Keerai is good for getting rid of joint pains. Mom used to do it atleast once a week and it helped her get relieved of Severe neck pain.

Anonymous said...

Agase soppu the botanical name is Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Poir.
vegetable hummingbird. here are the link