Palak Dal
North Indian

Palak Dal

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Palak Dal is a wonderful combination of spinach, lentils and garlic. This palak dal tastes great with both roti and rice. This dal recipe is an awesome recipe as it contains a healthy green leafy vegetable and also dal which is high in proteins. The combination of both the ingredients adds great value to the dal. Palak dal too can be made in various ways and here I am showing one way of making them.

Preparation Time: 10mins  ∏  Cooking Time: 20mins  ∏  Servings:2-3 persons

Level:Beginners (Easy)        ∏  Measurement: 1 Cup ≡ 250 ml ≡ 250gm


  • 3/4 Cup Toor (arhar) Dal
  • 1 Cup finely chopped Spinach (Palak)
  • 1 medium size finely chopped onion
  • 1 medium size finely chopped tomato
  • 2-3 green chilly finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • Coriander leaves -fistful (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchoor powder (Optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder
  • 2 whole red chilly
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 2-3 teaspoon oil
  • Salt as per taste


How to make Palak Dal:

Step1: Wash toor dal and add it in pressure cooker with 1-1/2 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder and Salt as per taste. Pressure cook it for 2-3 whistle on medium flame.


Step2: In the meanwhile when dal is cooking we will fry the palak.

Turn on flame and heat a pan. Then add oil and let it heat, add mustard seed and let them crackle. Now add cumin seed and fry it for a 10-20seconds on medium flame. Add Hing, red chilly, curry leaves, garlic and ginger and saute it for 20-30 seconds till the raw aroma of garlic goes away. Now add chopped onion, saute it for 4-5 minutes on low-medium flame till it turns out golden brown.

Step3: Add salt as per your taste.(Adding salt at the beginning will reduce the cooking time). Add chopped tomato and saute it for 3-4 minutes till it becomes soft. (I have added 1 teaspoon butter it enhances the taste which is totally optional)

Step4: Once tomatoes are soft, reduce the flame to low. Add 1/2 turmeric powder, chilly powder, garam masala and saute it for 1-2 minutes. Now add finely chopped spinach (palak) and saute it for 3-4 minutes till it becomes soft. (Don’t cover the pan else palak will loose its green colour.)

Step5: In the meanwhile check the dal and using spoon mash it to a smooth paste. When palak is cooked add boiled dal and mix it well. You can add amchoor (Dry mango) powder or lemon juice additionally if you like. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes then turn off the flame.

Palak Dal is ready. Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with chapati or hot steamed rice topped with a tsp of ghee.

Palak Dal

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