Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dal Palak Recipe-Palak Dal-Spinach Dal-(step wise pictures)

Spinach dal curry is a wonderful combination of spinach, lentils and garlic.This palak dal tastes great with  both roti and rice.Though I have prepared it with tur dal, you can use moong dal or a mix of both moong and tur dal. Being a health freak, I include greens in my diet atleast 4 times in a week by adding it to parathas or preparing  poriyal or kootu or pulao or khichdi or sandwich with greens.This is one of my favorite comfort food and I love to have it with hot steamed rice and ghee.

Dal Palak-Spinach Dal

How to make Dal Palak (step by step recipe)

Prep time - under 10 mins
Cook time - under 20 mins
Serves - 2-3

Ingredients needed

Palak/spinach - washed and chopped - 2 1/4 cups
Moong dal or tur dal or a mix of both - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Onion - 2 medium size
Tomato -1
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Green chilli -1
Salt as needed

For the seasoning

Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
Mustard -1 tsp
Jeera seeds -1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli -1
Hing -a pinch


Pressure cook dal with a pinch of turmeric powder for 3 whistles. Mash it well and keep it aside. Check out my detailed post on How to cook dal? if needed.

Wash, discard the thick stem and chop spinach finely.

Chop onions, tomato, ginger, garlic and chillies finely.


Keep all the ingredients ready including cooked tur dal. Pressure cook spinach for 1 whistle.After the pressure subsides, open and mash it well.

Heat oil in a pan or kadai, add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning in the same order and fry till urad dal turns golden brown.


Add onions, ginger, green chilli and saute till onions become light brown.

Add finely chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder and cook till tomatoes become mushy.

dal palak-2

Then add the cooked palak, cooked dal, needed salt, mix well and bring everything to boil.
Remove from fire and add a tsp of ghee.

dal palak-3

Serve it with chapati or hot steamed rice topped with a tsp of ghee. With potato curry as a side dish, it tastes heavenly.

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  1. Nice recipe.. Nice presentation .. Very healthy

  2. Delicious and healthy combination of dal and palak.

  3. healthy and delicious recipe....I make this very often in a similar way :)

  4. Quick and healthy daal preparation.I loved this and often make this..

  5. I never had it in my Childhood, after marriage tried it once at a Friends home and am a fan since then.

    Love the Combo !

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  7. Very healthy one...

  8. Simple and yummy dal. quite healthy too

  9. Healthy dal and my fav too...Used to prepare this once in a week for my kid...

  10. very healthy and delicious dal..

  11. hello...thanks you. tried the same and it did come out well....:).

  12. looks like a great recipe but how do I cook this using frozen spinach?

  13. Now I make this dish every other day....and my son and hubby are such big fans of this dish. But I make it the easy way ....saute the onions first and then add the dal and spinach and pressure pot.... Thanks for the lovely recipe

  14. What is palak and what is daal and where do you get it?

    1. Palak is spinach leaves and dal is lentils. Dal is regularly eaten with rice and roti (Indian flat bread) in India. There are different types of dal like Tur dal, moong dal, masoor dal, urad dal,channa dal etc. You will get dal online or in all Indian stores.

  15. Just made it and ate it, with rice , delicious, could you place a link to the potato curry ?


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