Dal Palak / Spinach & Lentils Curry

As I had already mentioned in my previous blog on dal panchmel that I have a craving for variations of dal preparations.

I wanted to prepare such a dish which would be healthy and serve both as a curry with rice or as a side dish which goes well with roti/chapati.

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 1 bunch of spinach or 1/2 packet of baby spinach, washed & cleaned
  • 1/3-1/2 cup split green gram (moong dal), washed & soaked for at least 30 mins
  • 1/2 medium tomato, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger piece, grated
  • 3/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • red chilli powder if required

Method :

  1. Boil the dal along with tomato for 4-5 whistles.
  2. Chop the spinach leaves.
  3. In a pan, heat oil. Once hot, add the cumin seeds, asafoetida, garlic, green chillies, turmeric powder.
  4. Once the garlic is slightly brown, add the onion.
  5. Cook till the onion till soft and transparent by adding little salt.
  6. Then add the spinach and allow to cook.
  7. Add the cooked dal and tomato mixture and also salt as per taste.
  8. Mix well and add water if required to adjust consistency.
  9. Check the taste and add turmeric and red chilli powder if required.
  10. Add the lemon juice. Dal Palak is ready to served.

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