Dal Palak / Spinach and lentil curry

Spinach Dal



Ingredients (Serves 3)

1. Moong dal / cherupayar parippu – 1/2 cup

2. Spinach – 1.5 cup packed

3. Onion – 1/2 small, chopped

   Garlic – 3 – 4, finely chopped

   Green chilies – 2, slit

4. Tomato – 1 small, chopped

5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

   Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp

6. Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)

    Lemon juice – 1 tsp (optional)

7. Salt – To taste

8. Ghee/ butter / oil – 1 tbsp

   Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp


1. Roast the moong dal at medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes or until slightly golden. Transfer to a pressure cooker, add 2 cups of water and cook for 1 whistle or until done. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Splutter cumin seeds. Add onion, garlic and green chilies. Saute until onion turns light golden in color. Add turmeric powder and chilly powder. Saute for a few seconds. Add chopped tomato. Saute for a few minutes and add chopped spinach. Saute until spinach wilts, about 3 – 4 minutes. Add the cooked dal, salt and mix well. Cook covered at low heat for about 8 minutes. If the gravy is very thick, add 1/2 – 1 cup hot water. Add garam masala powder and lemon juice. Mix well. Switch off. Serve with chapatis / rice.


Dal Palak


  1. i like the presentation ! very nice ! and who say no to palak? i love the lentil and palak combination !

  2. Super comfort food !!

  3. Super thick comforting dal.

  4. palakura pappu with hot rice ,ghee and some papa dams definitely filling…

  5. Shld try dis once..

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  6. you can make this with toor dal also.

  7. Can try out this slight variation too.You can combine moong dhal and masoor dhal in equal quantities.The rest of the receipe is the same.A perfect combination for rotis and chappathis..

  8. miriam dsouza says:

    turned out very well

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