Dal Palak

Dal Palak: Spicy and delicious split moong dal cooked with fresh spinach leaves and served with roti make a healthy and comforting weekday dinner.

This is the normal kind of dinner that we have on regular weekdays. Nothing fancy nor elaborate just simple dal with roti and some salad. My family has the habit of having a dry vegetable curry with roti, salad and yoghurt for lunch and gravy curry/dal with roti/rice and salad for dinner. I mean I can not change the dry/gravy forms either way. It has to be like that as they love taking the dry ones in lunch and love enjoying the gravy forms in dinner.

So I have all the varieties of dals, pulses and legumes in my pantry and I would make them alternating the turns over the month. Sometimes I really get fed up of the dals and then I make the gravy curries or koftas etc. The spinach dal is one of the comforting and favourite meals of the family that we never get bored of. I wonder why I haven’t posted it before. I guess the normal recipes we forget to share and of course, it is very hard to keep the family waiting while we are taking photos. My elder one sometimes says ” Mum, if you will take the pictures I am not going to wait and will not eat”, with a sad face. That’s the irony of being a food blogger. Right? It was late in the evening when I took the pictures and that’s why I couldn’t get decent pictures. I will update the post with new pics very soon.

Blogging Marathon#72Week4 / Day3
Theme-Vegetarian Dinner
Dish– Dal Palak

Spiach Moog Dal


1/2 cup split moong dal

400 g spinach leaves, washed and chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 teaspoon ginger, grated

2 green chillies, chopped

4 tablespoon clarified butter/ghee

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

a pinch asafetida

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1 teaspoon garam masala

salt to tastev
water as required

To temper
4 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds


  • Wash and pressure cook split yellow moong dal into 2 cups of water, a pinch of turmeric and salt. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a wok or saucepan heat two tablespoon ghee. Add asafetida and cumin seeds, stir and add chopped onion and ginger.
  • Saute for few minutes until onions are golden brown.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes, green chillies, turmeric, coriander, garam masala and salt.
  • Stir and cook until tomatoes are soft and ghee comes out from the edges of the pan.
  • Now add the spinach leaves along with half a cup of water and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Finally, add the cooked dal, stir and let it boil for few minutes or until desired consistency.
  • Remove from heat and set aside. In another small pan heat 2 tablespoons of ghee.
  • Add chopped garlic and cumin seeds and fry until light golden in colour.
  • Remove from heat and add the red chilli powder in it. Stir and pour the tempering over the cooked dal palak.
  • Serve with roti and salad. Enjoy.
  • Serve-4 Cooking Time-30 minutes


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    Best regards,

    Sapana Behl

    12 comments on “Dal Palak”

    1. Protein and nutrient rich dal palak.. super yum

    2. Sandhiya says:

      As you said, it's the most comforting dish on any time of the day. Well made.

    3. Comforting dal palak, fingerlicking goodness. Makes me hungry.

    4. Comforting dal! i make spinach dal once a week, as u say it is simple and no janjhat!

    5. Sapna, I think the pics are pretty good..and the daal palak looks great, awesome man !

    6. Dal and Palak is always a delicious combo!! jus love it!!

    7. Even mine ask me if the camera has eaten and do they have permission to eat. ūüėÄ
      Bookmarking this dal. I love it and its yum.

    8. Comforting dal anytime!

    9. Pavani N says:

      That is such a comforting and delicious dal. Love it.

    10. this is such an artistically styled photo..with the colors and then the tadka in the dal

    11. Rahul says:

       It sounds like it makes recipe thanks for sharing

    12. Srivalli says:

      That bowl looks brilliant Sapana..what a lovely design with the greens on yellow..:)

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