Last updated on March 29th, 2019
Palak dal recipe or spinach dal recipe in 30 minutes. Dal palak is a simple recipe of cooked lentils mixed with spinach leaves and mildly seasoned. This humble home style no onion garlic vegan palak dal goes just perfect with steamed rice.
If you are looking for easy and healthy ways to include spinach leaves in your diet, then look no further than this dal palak. Sure there are many delicious and special palak recipes like palak paneer, palak pulao, spinach pasta, palak pakoda but nothing beats this dal palak on days when you crave soul food.
Dal palak is a dish that I often make at home as it is rich in protein from lentils and spinach leaves are rich in vitamins and iron. Spinach leaves are also an excellent source of nutrition for toddlers and kids. They are also low in cholesterol and calories.
This palak dal is an excellent meal for toddlers and kids. Just mash the steamed rice, add few dollops of ghee and few ladles of warm dal palak for very healthy and delicious toddler meal. Older kids can have this dal with roti or rice wit a veggies stir fry for complete meal.
Spinach leaves or palak are very widely used in Indian cuisine especially. Palak leaves goes with most of all the ingredients like dal, potatoes and paneer in Indian recipes.
Lentils or dal is very widely made in Indian kitchens. I make a dal or sambar every day to include some protien in our diet. You may like tese dal recipes added in the blog earlier
chana dal recipes.
What Is Palak Dal?
Palak means spinach leaves and dal means lentils in India. So dal palak means spinach with lentils. In this recipe spinach leaves are sauteed with mild seasoning and then we mix cooked lentils and simmer till soupy consistency is obtained. It is a very mildly seasoned delicious dish.
Spinach dal can be made in many ways. This recipe is what I follow and we all love this at our home. If you want to make a quick and wholesome meal very quickly, this recipe will come very handy. This is a vegan, gluten free dal without onion and garlic. So you can easily make it for vrat or fasting too.
You can easily make a full meal with this dal. Just make some rice and a side salad or fry some vadam for a simple satiating lunch.
You will love this palak dal recipe that is
Vegan and gluten free
Satvic (no onion, garlic)
Quick and Easy
So delicious and wholesome.
Ingredients For Making Palak Dal
I have used the broad spinach leaves easily available in India. Select fresh and tender leaves for best taste. You can also use baby spinach leaves or regular spinach leaves available in USA.
You can use any type of lentils like split pigeon peas, green gram or masoor dal. Spinach leaves go very well with most of the lentils. Just make sure to cook the lentils thoroughly and mash well. You can also make palak dal in pressure cooker. Read on for instructions below.
Adding peanuts to this dal is my favorite. Fried peanuts add a nice crunch and flavor to this dal. Just fry the peanuts along with tempering and add to the dal.
Other ingredients for making dal palak are regular tempering or tadka like mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chilies and red chilies.
You can alter the quantity of chilies in this dal or leave it out completely while making for toddlers and kids.
How To clean Spinach Leaves- Preparing Palak
One important point to follow while making any spinach recipe is to clean the leaves thoroughly. To clean the palak leaves I usually follow this method.
Pick and check the spinach leaves for any white patch or larva. Rinse them once or twice in running water. Next keep the spinach leaves immersed in a large pot of water mixed with no iodized crystal salt. Drain and rinse again. Proceed to use in the recipe.
Which Dal Is Best For Dal Palak?
I prefer to make this spinac dal with moong dal or split green gram. The mild taste and flavor of moong dal pairs well with the buttery taste of palak leaves.
You can easily use split pigeon peas or masoor dal too. You can also use a combination of 2 or 3 lentils.
How To Make Palak Dal?
Begin by cooking the picked and cleaned lentils until soft and mushy. You can pressure cook the dal easily. Next coarsely chop the cleaned spinach leaves.
Heat 3 teaspoons oil in a pan. Temper with mustard and cumin seeds. Add slit green chilies, red chilies and curry leaves. Add turmeric powder. Saute well Add peanuts and fry till it turns golden. Now add the chopped spinach leaves and saute for 3-4 minutes. Next add the cooked lentils and mix well. Add required water and season with salt. Mix well and boil for 5-6 minutes. Simmer for few more minutes till the dal thickens. Serve hot.
How To Make Dal Palak In Pressure Cooker?
To make dal palak in pressure cooker start with picking and rinsing the dal. Ser aside. Clean and chop the spinach leaves.
Heat a pressure cooker base with 3 teaspoons oil. Temper with mustard and cumin seeds. Add green and red chilies. Also add peanuts and fry till golden. Now add the spinach leaves and saute. Add the rinsed lentils and mix well. Add 3/4 cup water and required salt. Close with the lid and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Once the pressure settles, simmer for few minutes to adjust consistency.
How To Make Palak Dal Andra Style?
You can make this dal palak just like popular Andra style pappu recipes. Andra style palak dal is more spicy and flavorful with onion, garlic and tomatoes.
Heat 2 tablespoons gingely oil in a pan. Temper with mustard and cumin seeds. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off. Add 3/4 cup chopped onions and saute till it turns soft. Next add 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes and saute well. Add chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Saute well. Add the cleaned spinahc leaves and saute till they wilt. Now add the cooked lentils and required salt. Mix well and adjust consistency. Serve hot.
How To Make Dhaba Palak Dal
To make daba style palak dal, just follow this recipe of daba dal. Add 2 cups of cleaned and chopped spinach leaves after adding tomatoes and saute very well.
What Goes Well With Palak Dal?
This mild and hearty dal palak goes very well steamed rice, veg salad or potato fry. You can serve this dal with soft phulkas.
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How To Make Palak Dal Step by Step
1. First of all pick and rinse the dal (green gram) well. Take the washed dal in a pressure cooker and add enough water. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and pressure cook for 4 whistles. Drain and mash the dal well.
2. Clean the palak leaves as mentioned above. Drain the water well and chop the leaves.
3. Heat oil in a pan. Temper with cumin seeds. Add methi leaves and saute. Next add crushed ginger and saute. Now add slit green chilies and dried red chili. Saute well.
4. Now add peanuts. Peanuts are optional but I recommend. They especially provide a nice crunch to otherwise smooth dal. Saute very well for 2 minutes.
5. Next add chopped spinach leaves and saute well for 3-4 minutes. The spinach leaves should wilt and shrink well. If you especially want a very smooth dal suitable for toddlers you can also puree the spinach and use. As a result we get very smooth dal with soupy consistency.
6. Once the spinach leaves are well cooked add the cooked lentils. Mix well and add 1 cup water. Season with salt. Cook in medium flame for 5-7 minutes.
7. Add 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder and mix. Simmer for 2 minutes. You can lemon juice if needed now. Serve dal palak with rice.
Palak Dal Recipe
Palak dal is the easy Indian side dish recipe with spinach leaves and cooked lentils. This buttery vegan curry goes with steamed rice.
- 3 cups chopped spinach leaves tightly packed
- 6 tablespoons split green gram moong dal/pasi paruppu
- 2 gree chilies slit
- 1 dried red chili
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger peeled and crushed
- 2 tablespoons peanuts optional
- 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Salt to taste
- First of all pick and rinse the dal (green gram) well. Take the washed dal in a pressure cooker and add enough water. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and pressure cook for 4 whistles. Drain and mash the dal well.
Also clean the palak leaves as mentioned above. Drain the water well and chop the leaves.
- Heat oil in a pan. Temper with cumin seeds. Add methi leaves and saute. Next add crushed ginger and saute. Now add slit green chilies and dried red chili. Saute well.
- Now add peanuts. Peanuts are optional but I recommend. They especially provide a nice crunch to otherwise smooth dal. Saute very well for 2 minutes
- Next add chopped spinach leaves and saute well for 3-4 minutes. The spinach leaves should wilt and shrink well. If you especially want a very smooth dal suitable for toddlers you can also puree the spinach and use. As a result we get very smooth dal with soupy consistency.
- Once the spinach leaves are well cooked add the cooked lentils. Mix well and add 1 cup water. Season with salt. Cook in medium flame for 5-7 minutes.
- Finally add 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder and mix. Simmer for 2 minutes. You can lemon juice if needed now. Serve palak dal with rice.
Serve dal palak with rice or roti.