Dal Palak Recipe

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Dal Palak Recipe

Dal Palak Recipe

Dal palak  is a classic Indian dish that combines the goodness of lentils and spinach is not only a flavourful delight but also a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with protien, fibre, and essential vitamins this recipe offers a balanced meal that caters to both taste and health.

Dal Palak Recipe

Dal palak is a classic Indian dish that combines the goodness of lentils and spinach is not only a flavourful delight but also a nutritional powerhouse.

  • 1 cup split yellow lentils (toor dal, washed and soaked)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves (washed and chopped)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1- inch piece of ginger (grated)
  • 1 green chili (chopped (adjust to taste))
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil or ghee
  • Water (as needed)


  1. Wash the split yellow lentils (toor dal) thoroughly and soak them in water for about 15-20 minutes. Drain before using.
  2. Chop the spinach leaves, onion, tomatoes, garlic, and green chili. Grate the ginger.


  1. In a pressure cooker or a deep pot, heat oil or ghee over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  2. Add chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  3. Add minced garlic, grated ginger, and green chili. Sauté for another 2 minutes until the raw aroma disappears.
  4. Toss in the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften and the oil starts to separate.
  5. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  6. Add the soaked and drained lentils to the mixture and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  7. Pour in enough water to cover the lentils and bring to a boil. If using a pressure cooker, close the lid and cook for about 3 whistles. If using a pot, cover and cook until the lentils are soft and cooked through.
  8. Once the lentils are cooked, add the chopped spinach leaves. Stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the spinach wilts and blends with the lentils.

Finishing Touches:

  1. Check the consistency of the dal. If it’s too thick, add some water to achieve your desired consistency.
  2. Adjust the salt and seasonings if needed.


  1. Serve the delicious Dal Palak hot with steamed rice or Indian bread (roti, naan).
  2. Garnish with a dollop of ghee for added flavor and richness.

Nutritional Values (per serving):

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Iron: 2.5 mg
  • Vitamin A: 3500 IU
  • Vitamin C: 20 mg


Final Thoughts:

Dal Palak is not just a meal; it’s a wholesome experience that combines flavors, textures, and nutrition in each bite. This recipe is a testament to the fact that healthy food can be incredibly delicious. With the perfect blend of lentils and spinach, Dal Palak stands as a remarkable dish that offers a satisfying culinary journey while ensuring you receive a balanced dose of essential nutrients.

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