Dhal Palak (Spinach cooked in lentil curry)

11th Oct, 2012

Dhal Palak

This is yet another recipe that is filled with protein. If you are trying to get greens into your diet, this is The Recipe to go for. This dhal has mild flavors and is perfect for weeknight dinners to serve with rice or roti’s!!

Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 40 mins
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients – (serves 4)

  • Palak/spinach – 1 cup (chopped)
  • Moong dal/Yellow split lentil/green gram dal – ¾ cup
  • Onion – 1 (chopped)
  • Tomato – 3 (chopped)
  • Green chilies – 4 (slit lengthwise)
  • Oil/ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 stick
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lime juice – 1 tbsp
Procedure –
  • Wash the Moong dal and cook with enough water. I usually used to cook the dal in the pressure cooker. But for the past few times, I have been cooking moong dal in a sauce pan and I am in live with the flavor in gives out. If cooking over the flame, add enough water to the dal and bring it to boil. Then bring the heat to medium and cook for about 20 mins, until the dal is cooked and tender.
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  • Wash the spinach and chop it finely. If using frozen spinach thaw it in the microwave and keep aside.
  • Add oil/ghee in a pan and when heated, add cumin seeds, cinnamon and cloves. Fry it for a minute.
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  • Then add the onions, turmeric powder and green chilies.
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  • Once the onions are fried, add the ginger garlic paste. Sauté for a minute and then add the tomatoes along with salt. Cook until the tomatoes are mushy.
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  • At this stage add the spinach and mix well. Let it cook for about 10 mins or until the spinach is tender.
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  • Now add the cooked dal. If needed, add water to bring the dal to the required consistency. Let it come to a boil and then simmer for about 10 mins.
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  • Turn off the flame and just before serving add some lime juice.
  • Serve with rotis, pulkas or rice!
Dhal Palak

Variations –
  • Instead of just moong dal, a combination of tuvar dal and moong dal could be used. Also this can be made just with tuvar dal.


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    6 thoughts on “Dhal Palak (Spinach cooked in lentil curry)

    1. ur domain is working fine now 🙂 i just typed ur url and arrived here 🙂 Congrats and all the very best sandhya. Spinach dal package super aa irukku, taste kekave vendam 🙂

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