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Dal Palak

Snigdha's picture
  Chopped spinach 1 Bunch (100 gm)
  Toor dal 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Tomato 1⁄2 Medium
  Tamarind juice 2 Teaspoon
  Seasoning To Taste
  Mustard seeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon (jeera)
  Dry red chillies 1
  Garlic pods 2 , crushed
  Methi 1 Tablespoon (Fenugreek)
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chilly powder 1 Pinch
  Salt To Taste

Wash Toor Dal. Pressure cook Dal with 2 cups water with tomato, spinach, turmeric powder for up to 3 whistles. Keep aside.

Heat 3 tbs oil in a shallow pan. Add mustard seeds & allow them to splutter; Then add cumin seeds, dry red chilly, onion, garlic pods & saute until garlic turns light brown. Add a few methi leaves if you desire.

Add the above seasoning to Dal. Add salt, a pinch of chilly powder and tamarind juice.

If you feel the consistency of Dal is too thick/hard, you can add half cup of water & cook until required consistency is reached.

Serve Hot with Rice/Rotis.

Variation: Palak/Spinach can be substituted with Lauki/Bottle gourd, Ridge gourd, gherkin/tindora. Only make sure these veggies are boiled until they become tender. Rest of the procedure remains the same.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes
Spinach Dal/ Spinach in Pulses

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 132 Calories from Fat 7

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 0.83 g1.3%

Saturated Fat 0.16 g0.78%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 87.1 mg3.6%

Total Carbohydrates 24 g8%

Dietary Fiber 6 g23.8%

Sugars 0.8 g

Protein 8 g16.7%

Vitamin A 35.7% Vitamin C 11.2%

Calcium 7% Iron 15.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Dal(source of protein)+Palak(source of Iron)=very healthy recipe..................
marajuna's picture
Hi Snigdha:This Daal-saag recipe has been my family fav. for years, and I am glad someone u posted it.I make it with a little variation...I use Channa daal instead of toor...but will give this one a try. I am sure it very good.Also, u forgot to mention when to put in the onions...or did I miss it????Thanks,M
Ambika's picture
Great its very healthy recipe...........!
Snigdha's picture
Hi..Thanks for the compliments. I have not tried using Channa Dal. Guess it will give a good flavor. Will try it out sometime. Onion needs to be added in the seasoning. I have made the changes in the recipe. Thanks for letting me know. Happy Cooking
Shashikant.Bagri's picture
Good for children to learn the habit to eat spinach regularly. Good source of protiens in Indian food.
Shashikant.Bagri's picture
Good for children to learn the habit to eat spinach regularly. Good source of protiens in Indian food.
Rachana Jain's picture
Hi Snigdha, This sounds very healthy and I want to try it out to get my kids to eat something healthy. I just wanted to check when the tamaring juice should be added. You don't say in the recipe. Thanks.
Snigdha's picture
Hi Rachana. Thank you for pointing out the typo. I have edited the recipe. You will need to add the tamarind juice after adding the tadka/seasoning to the boiled dal. Mix well and allow to cook for a couple more minutes before removing from the stove.
Anonymous's picture
Hi, a quick and a healthy recipe indeed....your recipe helps lot of working moms.
Dal Palak Recipe, Spinach Dal/ Spinach In Pulses