Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Spinach and Lentil/Palak Dal

I've been wanting to blog on Superfood Spinach since a while and finally got down to it. Spinach and lentil is a very healthy combination and very easy to make as well. Again a page from my mom's recipes. Highly recommended for kids.
1cup lentils/ Toor dal
2cups finely chopped spinach
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 onion sliced
1tsp ground cumin/jeera
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 green chilli slit
1/2 tsp ground tumeric
salt to taste
1tsp oil

  • Soak the lentils for half an hour then pressure cook the lentils with tummeric, slit chilli and water.
  • Wash clean the spinach leaves and chop.
  • Slice the onion and chop the garlic fine.
  • In a pan heat oil and splutter mustard seeds.
  • Then add the onions and garlic and saute.
  • Add the spinach and cook covered.
  • After it is cooked add the lentil ( make sure you remove the pieces of chilli from the lentil before you add it to the spinach.
  • Add cumin, and salt to taste.
  • Stir well and cook for 1 minute and your spinach lentil is ready to serve.
  • You can serve it with phulkas, rice and wholemeal bread.


  1. That looks very healthy. Would be very good for kids. I love all the lovely spices added to it for flavour....mmmm

  2. That's Indian cooking for you Mary! Full of herbs and spices!

  3. Hi Shirley! Saw this link on IP and want to try it out. My mom usually uses split green dal with greens...can that be used instead of thuvar dal? Also does this recipe taste as good with greens other than spinach?

  4. Hi Balakrishi,
    Good to see you! Thank you for visiting.
    I guess you mean split moong right? Yes you can use that. I use the same recipe with other greens as well. I am going to post another soon. Just make sure that the greens you use are well cooked before you add the dal. If they are not; it will ruin the dish. Spinach cooks faster than other greens, so if you are using methi or amaranthas it will take longer. If you have any doubts feel free to ask.



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