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Dal palak recipe, palak dal recipe, lentils with spinach
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Dal Palak

Dal Palak or Lentils with spinach is truly a delicious and authentic Indian dish of lentils cooked with spinach in spices. Toor dal palak is a one popular palak recipes with all the goodness of spinach, lentils, garlic and tomatoes. This is super easy, glutenfree, vegan and healthy dal recipe to make and undoubtedly always a hit at your table. Here is how to make palak dal recipe
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Vegan
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


to prepare palak dal:

  • 1 cup Toor dal (pigeon pea or arhar dal) toor dal (pigeon pea or arhar dal)
  • 3 cups Spinach (cleaned, washed and chopped)
  • 2 Onion finely chopped
  • ¾ cup Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 5-6 Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 4-5 Dried red chilies whole
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Oil

For dal palak tadka:

  • 6-8 garlic cloves finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Oil or ghee


  • To begin with, clean wash and soak toor dal for 3 minutes.
  • Then, heat oil in a pressure cooker. Once the oil heats up, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds and allow it to crackle
  • Now, add garlic and red chillies and fry until garlic is aromatic and golden
  • Then, add chopped palak and chopped onions. Saute on high for another minute until it releases nice aroma.
  • Then add, tomato, soaked dal, haldi and mix.
  • Saute on high for another 2-3 minutes
  • Then, add 4 cup of water, salt and mix, bring it to a boil.
  • Cover and cook until the dal palak is done. 2-3 whistles on high and then 5-7 minutes on simmer. Once the dal is done, allow the pressure to release on it own.
  • For tadka, heat ghee on a small pan.
  • Once the ghee heats up, add sliced garlic and fry until golden.
  • Pour the tadka over the hot palak dal. It is ready to serve


Adjust the consistency of the dal as per the requirement.


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1560IU | Vitamin C: 11.2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.4mg