Saturday, April 3, 2010

Spinach with Garlic and Lentils

Spinach Dal - Dal Palak - Spinach with Garlic and Lentils

Spinach DalThe health benefits of spinach are numerous and its ability to help prevent disease is well known. It has antioxidants which helps fight cancer. Spinach is considered a super food. Spinach and many other dark leafy greens are loaded with calcium, folic acid, iron, Vitamin K, A and C. So try to include greens in your diet regularly and pave your way to better health. This is a very tasty and comforting dish. Now to the Spinach Dal /Dal Palak recipe

Ingredients needed

Spinach – 2 cups tightly packed
Onion -1 medium sized
Tomato – 1
Garlic – 5-6 cloves
Toor dal – 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch

For the seasoning

Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Urad dal – ½ tsp
Red chillies -1 chilli broken into small pieces
Green chilli finely chopped -1
Hing/asafoetida – a pinch
Oil/Ghee - 2 tsp


Wash spinach well, remove the stalks and chop it finely

Chop onions, garlic and tomatoes( deseed it) finely.

Pressure cook dal with turmeric powder till soft. Mash it well and keep it aside.

Cook spinach in a little water, mash it and keep it aside.

Dal PalakMethod

Heat 2 tsp of oil and add the ingredients for seasoning.

When mustard splutters, add garlic and sauté for a few minutes.

Then add onions, sauté well till onions turn golden brown.

Then add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes turn mushy.

Add cooked dal, cooked spinach, half a cup of water and simmer for 5 minutes.

Serve hot Spinach Dal /Dal Palak with rice or roti.

Meet you all again with another interesting post, till then it is adieu from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. i always make the traditionlkeerai masiyal. nice variation of adding garlic to it.cute presentation

  2. Padhu,

    Healthy dish, i make more often

  3. Nice & healthy one,garlic gives such a nice distinct flavour...looks yum

  4. Yum! I love spinach even though it's healthy, hehe! I do like how the spinach is the main ingredient and just a touch of lentils!

  5. Such a healthy and nutritious dish, love it..

  6. cute presentation..Wholesome food:)

  7. Healthy and delicious curry!! Nice recipe..

  8. I also prepare spinach almost he same usual nice presentation..

  9. சத்தான சுவையான கீரை குழம்பு...சூப்பர்ப்...

  10. Thatz too delicious..very healthy dish..

  11. I too prepare this kind of dish but with moong daal...will try this healthy dish surely....

  12. Another delicious and healthy dish Padhu! Love it.
    Happy Easter!

  13. Almost similar to my way of preparation minus the garlic. U r very creative in presenting the dishes. Lovely :)

  14. wow, great combination spinach , garlic and lentils. Looks delish

  15. Great combination.. looks delicious:-)

  16. hi this dish...i make a similar dish too...looooove your version...

  17. Love this curry...amazing combination. The presentation is fantastic..the click is fab :)

  18. Love this dal, specially with rice...

  19. Olá, amiga!
    Passei para uma visitinha...
    Seu cantinho está lindo, agradável e de bom gosto.

    F E L I Z P Á S C O A!!!

           ( ),,( )

    Com carinho, para você e sua família...

    Itabira - Brasil   

  20. very nice presentation and innovative photographs!

  21. This dish has everything I love in it!

  22. Perfect comfort spinach in all forms.

  23. agree with Malar above, this is such a perfect comfort meal.. all i need is some rice and some pickle and i am good to go :D

  24. Healthy and delicious dish. Lovely combination.

  25. Simple and healthy spinach Dhal.
    Love your fruit/veggie carvings..keep it up! :)

  26. hey pravs,
    pretty pics as always...dal with spinach is really comforting, I make it simpler , should keep ur version in mind :)

  27. Nice and beautiful clicks...

  28. Looks delicious!
    I have been tagged you under Tag award. Please see more on my blog.

  29. Dear Padhu
    How are you?
    I am really missing out on many recipes...This one is very soon as I go back I will read them all
    have a nice week

  30. this color is better for the blog i guess :)
    curry looks so yummy!!! nice click..

  31. Simple and nice recipe....I too make this way :).

  32. Lovely spinach and dhal kootu!

  33. Healthy and simple spinach dal...


  34. Excellent and healthy curry......looks beautiful

  35. we love spinach dal and your recipe looks yummy. it looks so green yummy.

  36. Spinach is one thing that i really love !! Simply awesome recipe !!Unseen Rajasthan

  37. I love soups like this. Healthy and flavorful.

  38. Thanks for the recipe. Spinach with Tomato is usually said to be a deadly combination inducing Kidney Stones. Have you ever thought about it? Just wondering....

  39. Yes, Abishek, that is why we are removing the seeds of the tomato and using it. (See I have written deseed the tomatoes).

  40. hi padhu

    Firstly i thank u for giving easy way to make good dishes
    i recently saw ur blog and tried baby corn fry and mushroom fry its too easy and simple. myself n hubby loved both the thing and we added brocolli it was yummy.........

    today i'm trying aloo mattar and dhal palak........i'm southee dont know north dishes 2 prepare, after watching ur blog i'm cool to say that its easy ........
    thanks a lot..........

  41. Thanks padhu I love your site
    I started learning cooking from your site

  42. I tried this recipe it came out tasty..awesome padhu

  43. Padhu, can you please briefly explain what you mean by 'cook spinach with little water'? Should I just add chopped spinach and water and let it get cooked for about 10 minutes? Please help!

    1. Yes, cook the chopped spinach in a little water and mash it well. You can also pressure cook spinach with water just for 1 whistle. Once you open the cooker, mash the greens well.


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