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Dal Palak

dal palak is an easy and simple to make recipe of spinach with lentils.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: main course
Cuisine: indian
Servings: 4
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 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
  • 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 palak dal for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • serve dal palak hot with rice and a side vegetable dish or salad or raita.