Dal Palak

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Ready to serve Dal Palak

Dal Palak

Palak – also spinach. Lot of dishes are prepared with palak such as Palak paneer, Palak in Moong dal, Palak Sabji etc. I borrowed this recipe from one of my friends who offered it to me with chapathi and it tasted awesome. It can even be a side dish for lunch. Healthy and green, there was a time it was hard to find spinach in South India. But in the past decade this has changed, possibly due to the welcome influence from North India !

What you need to have:

– Toor Dal 1/2 cup

– Palak (4 Cups) 3 bunches

– Onions (Big) 2

– Garlic cloves 5-6

– Curry leaves 3-4 Strings

– Tomato(Big) 1

– Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon

– Dhania-Jeera powder 2 Teaspoons

– Chilli powder 1and1/2 Teaspoons

– Curry leaves 3-4 strings

Fresh Palk leaves

Fresh Palak leaves

Ingredients of Dal Palak

Ingredients of Dal Palak

1. Wash and cut palak to a very fine consistency. Cut onions, tomato also to a fine consistency and keep it aside separately. Also crush garlic. Wash curry leaves and separate it from the strings.

2. Soak Toor dal in sufficient quantity of water with a few drops of cooking oil and a pinch of turmeric powder for around 10 minutes and cook it in the cooker as usual. Make sure that it is not over cooked.

3. Place a thick wide bowl on flame with 4-5 teaspoons of cooking oil in it. On heating add finely chopped onions with some salt to it.

4. When onions turn transparent, add crushed garlic, curry leaves to it from step 1. Fry for some time and add cut Tomatoes, add turmeric powder and Rasam powder to it.

5. Cook finely chopped palak and a table spoon water  let it cook on a low flame for around 10-15 minutes.

6. When cooked,  mix the cooked dal from Step 2 to it and just stir  well. The cooked dish looks as below.

Ready to serve Dal Palak

Ready to serve Dal Palak

7. Dal Palak can be relished with rice also.

Dal Palak with Rice

Dal Palak with rice

8. Dal Palak can be a side dish for Chapathi and Rottis

Dal Palk with Chapathi

Dal Palak with Chapathi

What to remember:

1. Dal should not be over cooked – it should cooked enough to actually be visible in the dish rather than totally mashed.

2. One can use only chilli powder-Jeera powder combination OR some Rasam powder. Avoid using garam masala powder or Ginger-Garlic paste.

Number of Servings: 5 people

Time taken: 45 Minutes


21 thoughts on “Dal Palak

    Hetal said:
    June 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    this is a nice and healthy recipe.

    Anjali said:
    June 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Tasty item for both rice n chapathis. Have infact taken step by step photos of the preparation. If u wanna see them, just scrap me…

    prathibalrao responded:
    July 24, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Thanx a lot for ur comments.

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm


    than you very much

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm


    Thanks a lot

    suchi said:
    September 26, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Hi ,I tried this recipe yesterday and liked it very much and i also like your blog very much – your recipes are very easy to follow,authentic and tasty..wish you good luck

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 27, 2009 at 7:10 am

      Hi Suchi,

      Thanx a lot and do try out some more from this site and lemme know.

    Solarflare said:
    January 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Palak and Tomatos mixed is a recipe for kidney stones! Don’t add Palak and Tomato to same dish.

    Ramya said:
    February 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Bumped in here for the first time,really liked it a lot..Nice collection of recipes…Palak Dal Looks very delicious..Got to try the way u did it..

    Keep Rocking…

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

      Hi Ramya,

      Thanx a lot for ur encouraging and cheering words. Do try out the same and lemme know .

    Sandhya said:
    May 9, 2010 at 5:05 am

    GR8 recipe.

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 9, 2010 at 7:05 am

      Hi Sandhya,

      do try other recipes if you are free and also interested .

    harsh said:
    December 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Nice recipes n easier methods thank you so much

    nigel said:
    August 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    i have never cooked ……..its my 1st time in the kitchen …..since my wife went to work i thought of giving her a surprise …..i seen ur recipe ….found it easy …..made it …as per the steps ….
    looks good ……hopin she likes when she comes
    thanks a lot …….

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 29, 2011 at 8:10 am

      Hi Nigel,

      Actually Dal-palak is a very easy recipe which has minimum ingredients and tastes great and healthy too.

    rani saigal said:
    February 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    nice n easy

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Hi Rani saigal,

      This is a yummy and an easy recipe too. Do try out and send me the feed back please!!!!

    V said:
    February 28, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Awesome recipe …

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Vinit

      This is an easy but a yummy recipe which is an al-time favorite of my family!!!!!!

    sunandha (@Sunandha) said:
    July 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Made this reciepe today. Luved it. Thank U.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Sunanda,

      Thanx a lot for your encouraging comments. Do pass on the link ofthis blog among ur friends community.

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