dal palak

Dal palak recipe with video and step by step photos – there are many ways of making Palak ki dal. This delicious dal is a very simple and easy one and won’t take much of your time.

This dal palak recipe Is made without onion and garlic. I have also shared another variation of Spinach dal in which onions and garlic are added. Both the versions of dal palak taste good.

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Palak and dal go very well together. in India we do add veggies to dal and spinach dal is one of those recipes. I have adapted this dal palak recipe from a friend who would make sumptuous food. Being a meditator, he would never add onion, garlic and chilies to his food. Whilst once at his home, he made this dal for us. I thought the dal would be very bland without onions and no garlic, but I was wrong.

The dal palak was so good. it had the subtle aroma of ghee tempered with cumin and a gingery taste plus creamy and soft. Onions and garlic have a strong flavor and taste. I am sure this dal would also taste great with onions and garlic added to it.

There are no heavy spices like garam masala added to this dal. It goes well with basmati rice and even soft phulkas or chapatis.

Our friend used to make this dal palak with basically 2 lentils:

  1. Tuvar dal (spilt pigeon peas or arhar dal) and
  2. Masoor dal (pink lentil).

You can use both these lentils or use only tuvar dal. I have also added some chopped green chilies and red chili powder to the dal. The chilies just enhance the flavor and taste of the dal without making it spicy or hot. For tempering you could use oil, but for better taste and flavor use ghee.

How to make dal palak

1: pick and rinse the dal. Pressure cook the lentils with turmeric for 5 to 6 whistles till the lentils become soft and mushy.

dal for palak dal recipe

2: wash 2 cups chopped spinach leaves. Chop them finely and keep aside.

wash palak leaves for palak dal recipe

3: in a pan or kadai, heat 2 or 3 tbsp ghee or oil. Fry 1 tsp cumin seeds.

heat ghee for palak dal recipe

4: when the cumin seeds sizzle, add 1 inch chopped ginger. Fry till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.

ginger for making dal palak recipe

5: add 1 to 2 chopped green chilies and fry for few seconds.

chilies for dal palak recipe

6: add 2 cups chopped spinach leaves.

add palak for dal palak recipe

7: now add ½ tsp red chili powder and ¼ tsp asafoetida. Mix these with the spinach and saute the spinach for some minutes stirring in between till the spinach leaves wilt.

add masala powder for dal palak recipe

8: now add the mashed dal. The green you see in the dal is the spinach. I was using the same spoon for sauteing the spinach and mashing the dal….. One spoon less for me to wash 🙂

mash - making dal palak recipe

9: when the spinach softens and becomes dry like shown in the pic below.

soften palak for dal palak recipe

10: then its time to add the mashed dal.

add mashed dal for palak dal recipe

11: mix the cooked dal with the spinach. If you want a very thick dal with chapatis, you will stop at this stage. At salt. Mix well and simmer the dal for 1-2 minutes. Keep stirring continuously. If you want a creamy, smooth dal then continue further.

mix palak and dal - making dal palak recipe

12: add water to the dal. The quantity of water will depend on how much thick or thin you want the dal palak to be.

add water to dal palak recipe

13: add salt and mix. Simmer for 5 to 6 minutes.

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14: Serve the dal palak hot with rice or chapatis and a side vegetable dish or salad or raita.

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Dal Palak

4.82 from 22 votes
Dal palak is easy and simple to make recipe of spinach with lentils.
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Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • ¼ cup tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils or arhar dal)
  • ¼ cup masoor dal (pink lentils)
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 or 2 green chilies , chopped
  • 1 inch ginger , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 to 2.5 cups water, for pressure cooking the dals
  • ½ to 1 cup water, to be added to the dal in the last step
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • salt as required


pressure cooking dal

  • Pick and wash the lentils. Take the lentils in a pressure cooker with turmeric powder. 
  • Add 2 to 2.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles or till the dals become soft and mushy. 
  • Mash the dals and keep aside.

making dal palak

  • In a pan, heat ghee. Fry the cumin and then add the chopped ginger and fry till the raw aroma of ginger goes away. 
  • Now add the chopped chili and fry for half a minute. Fry for a minute.
  • Now add the chopped spinach. Add red chili powder and asafoetida (hing).
  • Saute for some minutes till the spinach becomes soft and stops releasing water on a medium flame.
  • Now add the mashed lentils now. Mix the lentils with the spinach.
  • Add water around ½ cup to 1 cup depending on how thick or thin you want the dal to be.
  • Finally, add salt and simmer the dal for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Serve dal palak hot with rice and a side vegetable dish or salad or raita.


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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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73 comments/reviews

  1. Thank you for this recipe and your website.
    Made dal palak for the first time today and it turned out perfectly.

    Your recipes with visual aids (photos and /or video) make it so easy to understand for me.

    Thank you again.5 stars

    • thanks raghav for this feedback. nice to know and happy cooking.

  2. Nice Recipe Mam. I have tried also. Its really tasty.4 stars

    • Thanks Ruma