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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dal Palak

Am here with another healthy dal variety from Homely Food . This is a healthy version of dal which is had with steamed rice. Its is really easy to make and comforting food. As my H likes palak i make  this dal often and its our favourite . Dal palak is an  healthy  combo of spinach and lentils which make this recipe a very healthy side for rice or roti. Lets move on to the recipe  quickly :)


4 cups/ 1 bunch tightly packed Spinach

1 cup Pigeon Peas (Tuvar/Toor dal)
1 tsp Red chilli pd 
1/4 tsp Turmeric pd
1/2 tsp Cumin pd
1 tsp Coriander pd
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1-2 tsp Sambar Powder,or as per taste- optional
1 no medium sized- onion
Tamarind - 1 small lemon size (soak it warm water and remove the extract)
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste

For Tempering

1 tsp Mustard Seeds

2 tsp Urad dal, split and skinned (black gram lentil)
1-2 Dried Red Chilli
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida Powder
Salt to taste
Oil / ghee- 2 tbsp


  • While you can cook your lentils on stove top, But pressure cooker makes things easier and faster so i use pressure cooker. Add 2-1/2 cups water to the pigeon peas along with turmeric and cook for 8-10 minutes (3-4 whistles).
  • While that's cooking, chop off the ends/roots from the fresh  spinach .
  • Fill your basin with water and drop the leaves until they are fully submerged in water and clean them. 
  • Now chop the leaves, In a pan add 1 tsp of oil  and saute onion till transparent, add ginger garlic paste saute for a while and then add  the spinach and saute slightly. Add all the dry masala's redchilli pd , turmeric pd, cumin pd, coriander pd and sambhar pd. Mix them well. 
  • Remove the cooked pigeon peas from the pressure cooker.
  • Mash it lightly with the a spatula/spoon.
  • Add it to the spinach mixture and also add the tamarind extract  .Mix until combined.
  • For the tempering, heat the ghee/oil in a pan. Add the  red chillies, cumin seeds, urad dhal , mustard seeds and asafoetida.
  • When the seeds crackle, pour the tempering over the cooked dal. Add the chopped coriander, mix well and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.


  • You can use lemon juice instead of tamarind extract.
  • You can even make this dal palak with moong dal that even tastes more delicious.

Thank you for the delicious recipe meenu anuty :)

Sending to Homely Food

Sending to Cook eat burrp and Swathi


  1. Very comforting and healthy dal palak...

  2. i loved this dal palak when i made it
    crunchy soft and total yummy

    thanks for linking up

  3. Simple yet healthy dish

  4. Very comforting and delicious dal palak. Would love to have with rotis.

  5. Healthy and delicious daal....

  6. i love this infact our family too...its in our weekend menu list twice a month :)

  7. Yummy and healthy dal...nice one.

  8. Love this dal palak, one of my fav dal..Love simply with papads.

  9. Good one. I do not see the link to the bookmarked recipe event. Please update the link.


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