Palak Dal


My daughter has reached that age where she has become super picky about what she eats and one of the things she doesn’t like is spinach. So I have to find different ways to make her eat spinach. This dal is one of those attempts. She loves the regular toor dal and so I figured it was best to add spinach to it and make life easier for me.


Serves 3-4


1 small bunch spinach

1 Onion, large

1/3 cup Toor dal / pigeon pea

1 tbsp Cooking oil

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

1/4 tsp Cumin seeds

1-2 Green chillies

1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

1/4 tsp Red chilly powder




  • Cook the toor dal / pigeon pea with 2/3 cup water in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles.
  • Mash the dal and set aside
  • Wash and chop the spinach finely and set aside
  • In a large pan, heat the oil and add mustard seeds
  • Add cumin seeds and slit green chillies
  • Chop the onions and add it to the pan
  • Fry the onions till translucent
  • Add the spinach and fry till it wilts
  • Add the cooked lentils, turmeric powder and red chilly powder
  • Add salt and bring it to a boil
  • Simmer for 7-8 minutes
  • Take off the heat
  • Serve warm with rice or rotis
  • Enjoy!


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11 Comments Add yours

  1. I love daals with greens… protein plus fiber, what better meal! And more than having with rice or chapathis, I love sipping it with a spoon… that bowl looks so tempting…

  2. Nalini says:

    Yet another comforting dish.Such a versatile dish pairs very well with rice dishes and roti..

  3. varadaskitchen says:

    I love to add greens to the dal too. It adds so much flavor. Nice one.

  4. harini says:

    This is always my go-to dal. Looks tempting.

  5. Sandhiya says:

    Healthy and comforting dish for any time of the day. Palak dal is my favorite dish to make this palak, awesome with some rice and rotis.!!!

  6. Srivalli Jetti says:

    My kids forever seem to be picky and palak is the only greens they eat and only as palak paneer..this one is my favorite and you got it so nicely done..

  7. chefmireille says:

    i always like dal with veggies and it is a great way to sneak the veggies in for picky eaters

  8. Priya Suresh says:

    Love greens when combined with dals, palak dal will definitely makes me happy, my kind of comforting food.

  9. code2cook says:

    adding greens in lentils always makes a wonderful combination. Healthy and loaded with nutrients.

  10. Annapurnaz says:

    What a coincidence, even I have made palak dal today, but I make with chana dal. Will try with toor dal next time.

  11. Dal palak is my favorite dish to make when I have palak in my pantry.

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