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. Today we will learn how to prepare dal palak following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Dal Palak-Spinach Dal

Dal Palak-How to make Dal Palak

Dal Palak

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisinePunjabi

   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.

ingredients for dal palak recipe

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.

how to prepare dal palak

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.

spinach dal

Serve hot 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 ?

  16. Thanks Padhu Sankar...You are a saviour, I was eating same kind of curries for past three weeks and was fed up with the same taste and then searched for cooking dish for single person and got your site I tried your Palak Dal dish and it was great and protein wise also it is good.Thanks for such a wonderful site !!!

  17. Tried this recipe today with moong dal and had with rice. My taste buds are blessing me. Enjoyed every mouth of it! AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  18. Palak means which green ? Can i get the tamizh name of it Padhu ?

    1. I would have posted the picture of palak in some other palak recipe. Palak is pasalai keerai in Tamil (not the Cylon pasalai) and spinach in English. You can ask for palak in the market.

  19. Dear padhus .. tried this today.. it was heavenly.. u r measurements are perfect .. thank u..

  20. Replies
    1. Chop the spinach roughly, add to the pressure cooker with a little water and pressure cook for 1 whistle.

  21. I have been looking for a good Dal palak recipe and made this today. It turned out to be very nice. Thank you.


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