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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Calories: 185kcal


  • 3 cups spinach leaves chopped, tightly packed
  • 6 tablespoons 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
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  • 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.
    cooked lentils
  • Also clean the palak leaves as mentioned above. Drain the water well and chop the leaves.
    cleaned and chopped spinach 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.
    Tempering for palak dal recipe
  • 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. Add the spice powders. 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.
    adding palak leaves for palak dal recipe
  • 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.
    Adding cooked lentils for palak dal recipe
  • Simmer for 2 minutes. You can lemon juice if needed now. Serve palak dal with rice.
    palak dal ready



Serving Suggestions
Serve dal palak with rice or roti.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2853IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg