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dal palak recipe, palak dal recipe, spinach dal recipe
dal palak
prep time
10 mins
cook time
20 mins
total time
30 mins
 

dal palak is an easy and simple to make recipe of spinach with lentils.

course: main course
cuisine: indian
servings: 4
author: dassana
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
  • ¼ cup tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils)
  • ¼ cup masoor dal (pink lentils)
  • 2 cups chopped spinach (palak)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch), chopped
  • 1 inch ginger (adrak), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (sabut jeera)
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch 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
how to make
pressure cooking dal
  1. pick and wash the lentils. take the lentils in a pressure cooker with turmeric powder. 

  2. add 2 to 2.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles or till the dals become soft and mushy. 

  3. mash the dals and keep aside.

making dal palak
  1. in a pan, heat ghee. fry the cumin and then add the chopped ginger and fry till the raw aroma of ginger goes away. 

  2. now add the chopped chili and fry for half a minute. fry for a minute.
  3. now add the chopped spinach. add red chili powder and asafoetida
  4. saute for some minutes till the spinach becomes soft and stops releasing water on a medium flame.

  5. now add the mashed lentils now. mix the lentils with the spinach.

  6. add water around ½ cup to 1 cup depending on how thick or thin you want the dal to be.

  7. finally add salt and simmer the palak dal for 5 to 6 minutes.

  8. serve dal palak hot with rice and a side vegetable dish or salad or raita.

recipe video