Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Spinach Lentils / Palak Dal - for lazy days

We all know that eating green food is very vital to a healthy diet, and spinach is the king of greens. It is a rich source of iron and rich oxidants that we all need.
This is a very tasty, simple and nutritious dal preparation. Any kind of dal can be used like, moong dal, masoor dal (red lentils) and so on. Here I am preparing this with toor dal. This is one of my favourite comfort food, which is very easy to make. I make this curry almost once in two weeks.. :) This can be served with hot steam rice, roti / chapatis.

Adding garlic to seasoning will get an extra flavor to the dish. This is rich in proteins and nutrients. In general this is served with hot rice, dollops of ghee and avakai (mango pickle), which will awaken your appetite.

  1. Toor Dal- 1cup
  2. Spinach / Palak- 1cup
  3. Onions- 1no
  4. Green chillies (slitted)- 3nos
  5. Mustard seeds- 1tsp
  6. Turmeric powder- 1tsp
  7. Oil- 1tbsp
  8. Curry leaves- few
  9. Salt- as per taste
  10. Garlic cloves- 3nos
  11. Red chillies- 2nos

  1. Wash the spinach and cut them into small pieces.
  2. After washing the dal, pressure cook dal, spinach, onions, green chillies and turmeric powder with enough water till 3-4 whistles or till the dal is cooked.
  3. For tempering, heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. In this add crushed garlic cloves, red chillies and curry leaves.
  4. Add this tempering into the cooked dal mixture and add salt. Cook it on low flame for few minutes.
  5. Serve hot with rice.


  1. comfortable homely food, nice blog .following you

  2. I always love this combination, looks delicious!

  3. i had this for lunch with rice.. bt i add coconut milk to thicken the gravy and enhance the taste..
    by the way, serving vessel is really beautiful... :)

  4. Oh I want this with some rice right now :) It looks fantastic :)

  5. Comfort food for me .. anytime. Looks yummy.

    Event: Fast food not Fat food

  6. Very yummy and wholesome dal...combining the goodness of lentils and spinach!!

  7. I do not add garlic.. Will try next time for sure..

  8. Happy to follow you dear, this looks awesome, could be a great entry to quick and easy recipes event. could you step ahead and make entry!

    Happy Blogging!!!!
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  9. I do this the same way...quick and delicious..

  10. An all time fav with rice ~ nicely presented!
    US Masala

  11. one of my fav dal...looks delicious..:)

  12. Charishma- a warm welcome to my space and will sure visit your blog.
    Santosh, Ambreen, Vardini, Premalatha, Authenticoriyafood, Laxmi, Aipi- thank you so much for your lovely and sweet notes.
    Reshmi- yes dear this simply delicious.
    Lena- I am sure that it would have tasted better with coconut milk. Will try that next time :)
    Sadik- Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you again.
    DD- Thanks for your visit. Love to send this recipe to your event.
    Veena- Welcome to my space and thanks for your sweet note.

  13. My hub's fav cuury...Looks yummy.

  14. sounds quick n easy recipe...healthy too..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  15. simple ..easy and healthy..looks yummy too

  16. This is like the evergreen comfort food.. Like the big red chiili..

  17. i love this combination too! adipoli photos :)


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