Palak Dal Recipe

Palak dal is the easy Indian side dish recipe with spinach leaves and cooked lentils. This buttery vegan curry goes with steamed rice.

PREP TIME 10 mins

COOK TIME 15 mins

TOTAL TIME 25 mins


  • 3 cups spinach leaves chopped, tightly packed
  • 6 tablespoons green gram moong dal/pasi paruppu
  • 2 gree chilies slit
  • 1 dried red chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger peeled and crushed
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts optional
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil


First of all pick and rinse the dal (green gram) well. Take the washed dal in a pressure cooker and add enough water. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and pressure cook for 4 whistles. Drain and mash the dal well.
cooked lentils
Also clean the palak leaves as mentioned above. Drain the water well and chop the leaves.
cleaned and chopped spinach leaves
Heat oil in a pan. Temper with cumin seeds. Add methi leaves and saute. Next add crushed ginger and saute. Now add slit green chilies and dried red chili. Saute well.
Tempering for palak dal recipe
Now add peanuts. Peanuts are optional but I recommend. They especially provide a nice crunch to otherwise smooth dal. Saute very well for 2 minutes

Next add chopped spinach leaves and saute well for 3-4 minutes. Add the spice powders. The spinach leaves should wilt and shrink well. If you especially want a very smooth dal suitable for toddlers you can also puree the spinach and use. As a result we get very smooth dal with soupy consistency.
adding palak leaves for palak dal recipe
Once the spinach leaves are well cooked add the cooked lentils. Mix well and add 1 cup water. Season with salt. Cook in medium flame for 5-7 minutes.
Adding cooked lentils for palak dal recipe
Simmer for 2 minutes. You can lemon juice if needed now. Serve palak dal with rice.


Serving: 3servings
Calories: 185kcal
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 9g
Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Trans Fat: 1g
Sodium: 130mg
Potassium: 547mg
Fiber: 7g
Sugar: 3g
Vitamin A: 2853IU
Vitamin C: 13mg
Calcium: 72mg
Iron: 3mg