Dal Palak | Dal Palak Recipe


Dal with Palak is a very tasty and unique combination which involves cooking Dal (Lentils) with a very little of turmeric and Spinach (Palak). And…. then… giving it a boost with flavourful instant tadka. This tadka is nothing but the infusion of many Indian Spices and desi ghee.

Dal Palak | Dal with Palak Recipe

Dal Palak or Spinach Dal is a very simple, easy to cook, quick yet a delicious Indian Dish, with Dal, Spinach (Palak) and some Indian spices. It goes awesome with rice or even roti or naan.
Dals or lentils are so versatile in Indian Cooking. You can use them in making Dals like Dal fry, Dal ALsooni, Dal Tadka, Dal Makhani, or parathas, or even sweets. Same goes with Palak (Spinach). It can be Palak Soup, or Sandwiches, or recipes like Palak Paneer.
Also, this recipe is very rich in nutrition. Dal is rich in proteins and palak is a great source of Vitamin A. I think, this recipe is a boon to mothers who find it very challenging to convince their kids to eat healthy. At least it is for me 😉
Servings 4 People
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Pan For Tadka
  • Pan for Instant Tadka
  • Spatulas


  • 1 1/2 cup Masoor Dal (Red Lentil)
  • 1 1/2 cup Spinach leaves (Palak)
  • 1 cup Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger (Finely Chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Tomato (Chopped)
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilly Powder (For Colouring)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Pinch Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 5-6 Garlic Cloves
  • 4-5 CCurry leaves
  • 3-4 tbsp Desi Ghee
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 3-4 Dried Red Chilly
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • Firstly, rinse the dal and soak it for 1 hour.
  • Transfer the dal ina pressure cooker with sufficient water. Add oil, turmeric and salt. Pressure cook the dal at high heat for 1 whistle and then at medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame. Once the cooker depressurizes, open the lid and mash the dal with the back of the spoon.
  • In another pan, take ghee. On heating, add cumin seeds. Once crackle, add chopped onion and ginger. Saute until it turns translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes. Saute till it loses oil.
  • Add spinach and saute till it loses its water.
  • Add cooked dal in this pan. Give it a good mix. If required, add water.

Instant tadka / Tempering

  • Take Ghee in tadka pan
  • Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. On Crackle, add a pinch of heengheeng and curry leaves. Add dried red chillies. Add chopped garlic. Saute for a minute till the raw smell of garlic goes away. Now, add red chilly powder and garam masala.
  • On sizzling, add this tempering to the pan with Dal Palak. Cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • You tempting Dal Palak is ready to serve. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves. Serve it with Rice, Roti or NAan.


Dal Palak is a unique and delicious recipe with a unique combination of very healthy main ingredients that are Dal and Palak. Dal is very rich in proteins and Palak is a great source of Vit.A. 
Some tips:
  • Firstly, I am using Arhar dal for this recipe. You can use any lentil like split masoor dal, chana dal or even split moong dal.
  • Secondly, you can adjust the spices by adjusting the quantity if red chilly powder or dried red chillies.
  • Thirdly, cook dal until it is soft and mushy. Or you can adjust accordingly.
  • Alternatively, you can use any oil for the tadka. But ghee will add a delicious aroma to your Dal Palak Recipe.
  • Finally, don’t skip the tempering. It tastes yummy with it. 🙂
Course: Dinner, Healthy, Indian, Lunch, Main Course, North Indian
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Punjabi
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