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Palak Dal Recipe

Palak Dal, also known as Spinach Dal, is a delicious and nutritious Indian dish made with lentils and spinach. It’s packed with protein, and vitamins that make it a comforting meal, especially when served with rice or roti.


  • 1 cup split yellow lentils (moong dal or toor dal)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup Spinach Leaves
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1/2 spoon ginger garlic paste
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon oil 
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • Pinch of Hing
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 lemon


Prepare the Lentils:

  • Rinse the lentils under running water until the water runs clear.
  • In a pressure cooker  combine the lentils, Spinach and water. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and salt. Cook until the lentils are soft and mushy. If using a pressure cooker, cook for about 5-6 whistles. Whistle more if required


Prepare the Dal:

  • In a separate pan, heat ghee or oil over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add a pinch of hing, 1/2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste, 1 green chilli, 6-7 curry leaves and minced garlic. Sauté for another minute until fragrant.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  • Pour in the cooked dal/ spinach puree and mix everything together. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt, and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Adjust the consistency by adding water if needed. Check for salt and adjust seasoning accordingly.
  • add 1/2 lemon juice
  • add coriander leaves


Garnish and Serve:

Garnish the Palak Dal with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with steamed rice or roti. Enjoy the nutritious Palak Dal.

This Palak Dal recipe is not only delicious but also a great way to incorporate healthy greens into your diet. Adjust the spices according to your taste preferences and enjoy this tasty dish with your family and friends!

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