April 16, 2013

Dal Palak / Spinach Lentil Gravy

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Palak Dal or Dal Palak is a very comforting side dish for plain rice,rotis (Indian Flat Bread) or any flavored rice.
After having tried this at many Indian restaurants,I thought of making this at home with a bunch of fresh spinach sitting in my fridge and giving me all  the inviting looks and tempting me to go ahead and make this yummy spicy tasty dal :-)

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 2-3

Dal Palak/Spinach Lentil Gravy


1/2 cup thoor dal / split yellow pigeon peas
2 cups packed chopped spinach
1 tomato chopped
1 medium sized onion chopped
ginger finely chopped
1 tsp garlic paste
3-4 green chillies chopped
1 tsp ghee / cooking oil
1 tsp cumin/jeera seeds
2 dry red chillies
pinch of turmeric


  • Wash the toor dal well under running water and clean it thoroughly.
  • In a pressure cooker,add the dal,chopped spinach/palak,onion,tomato,ginger,garlic paste,turmeric,garlic paste with sufficient water and pressure cook for about 4-5 whistles or until the dal is cooked well.(Soft and mushy).
  • Wait until the pressure is released and then open slowly and stir well. Add the required amount of salt.
  • If the dal is still watery ,you can boil in the same cooker for about  3-4 mins until the excess water is reduced.
  • Prepare the seasoning using ghee and cumin seeds and pour over the dal and serve hot with rotis or rice.

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