dal palak, Indian spinach with lentils recipe
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Dal Palak | Spinach dal recipe

Dal palak is the perfect recipe to make a healthy dish, healthier. Spinach adds a very rustic, healthy and hearty twist to the dal. In this spinach dal recipe, I use toor dal but the recipe can be made with any lentil of your choice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 113kcal


  • 1 cup toor dal , (split pigeon peas lentil*), washed and soaked for 15 mins
  • 2 cups spinach , washed and chopped
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 2 tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 green chilli , chopped
  • 2 tbsp ghee , divided (use oil for vegan preparation)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice



  • Put a pressure cooker on heat. Drain the soaked dal and add to the cooker with 2½ cups water, 1 tsp ghee, salt and turmeric. Close and pressure cook the dal for 2 whistles. Remove from her but open only after all the steam has escaped on its own. Toor dal cooks very quickly. We normally cook our dals in pressure cooker but you can also cook them covered in a stock pot till soft and mushy.
  • Heat the remaining ghee in a kadhai or wok. Add hing, cumin seeds, curry leaves and dried red chillies. Sauté for a minute.
    tempering with curry leaves for spinach dal recipe
  • Add garlic, green chillies and onions. Mix well and sauté for 4-5 minutes till the onions start to turn soft.
  • Add tomatoes and spinach. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
    Spinach dal step by step recipe - add tomatoes & spinach
  • Add the cooked dal. Give everything a good mix and cook covered for another 2 mins.
    spinach dal step by step recipe - add the cooked dal
  • Remove from heat, add lime juice and taste for salt.
  • Serve hot with flat Indian bread or plain rice.


*I have used toor dal (split pigeon peas lentil/arhar dal) in this recipe but spinach dal can also be made with yellow moong dal (split green gram) or chana dal (Bengal gram/ split chickpeas).


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 7.4g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 2.4g