Monday, August 20, 2012

Dal palak recipe (With moong dal)

I make this Dal palak these days very often. Aj loves it. We tasted this kind of dal palak in which palak is pureed and cooked with dal in GRT grand at Chennai. Aj loved it very much. So I tried in my own way and got hooked up to this recipe. The one we had in the restaurant had more of palak than I am using, so more greener. So its your choice, if you want more greener, add more palak. You can double the quantity of palak for this given recipe. Now to the recipe instead of my boring stories. Kind of feeling low in blogging, so hang on with these simple recipes I post until my spirit level goes up :)

Dal palak recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch/ Dinner - sides
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 2


Moon dal/ paasi paruppu (or u can even use masoor dal) - 1/4 cup

Palak leaves - 1 cup tightly packed

Onion - 1

Tomato - 1 large

Ginger garlic paste - 3/4 tsp

Garam masala powder - 3/4 tsp

Green chilli - 5

Sugar - 1/4 tsp

Salt - As needed

Ghee - 1 tsp

Jeera/ cummin seeds -1 tsp


  1. Wash the palak and remove the stem. Tear the leaf and take out the thick stem in the middle too if possible to make sure it gets cooked easily. Fry in 1/2 tsp oil along with green chillies. Pressure cook moong dal upto 3 whisltes.
  2. 1-dal-palak
  3. Fry the palak until it gets reduced in volume. Cool down and grind with little water.
  4. 2-dal-palak
  5. Heat kadai and temper with ghee and jeera. Add finely chopped onions and fry till transparent. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until raw smell goes away. Add chopped tomatoes, salt and fry until tomatoes turn mushy.
  6. 3-dal-palak
  7. Add the ground palak, sugar and garam masala. Fry for 2 minutes in medium flame. Add cooked, mashed dal.
  8. 4-dal-palak
  9. Mix well, add 1 cup water and let it boil for 4-5 minutes or until you get thick consistency.
  10. 5-dal-palak


  • You can also squeeze lemon before you serve the dal. In that case, be sure to add more spiciness (green chilli) to balance the
  • You can replace ginger garlic paste in this recipe with either finely chopped ginger or garlic. In that case, add it immediately after jeera crackles.
  • You can also add red chilli powder instead of green chillies. But the colour will be differing.

Top with ghee if desired and serve hot with steamed basmati rice and your choice of subzi. You can have it with roti as well.



53 Stars(comments):

  1. This is very different recipe for me i will definitely try yours tomorrow

  2. Loving the pictures-the spoon and fork is so pretty!

  3. WOW!!! Looks different and yum.

  4. one of my mom's friend would make dal palak this way... and i would absolutely love it then... remembered the old times :-)

    so plan to make a green version of dal palak soon.

  5. Nice recipe,wish to have dal palak now...

  6. Nice recipe.. Will try this soon :-)

  7. Thats one comfort meal... Lovely color

  8. Lovely pictures as always. If you want the dish to look a brighter green, just grind the palak into a puree, and then add it to the hot daal. The less you cook the palak, the brighter the colour will be! Please keep the great posts coming. :)

  9. Thanks for the tip, sure will try that...

  10. I've never pureed the palak when making dhal... great idea and less chopping :)

  11. Very healthy and delicious..

  12. Excellent dal palak. Looks very authentic. Bookmarked it.

  13. Dal is irresistible.. Yum

  14. Wow this looks awesome

  15. this looks great, i just made yday dal palak with chana dal :), will try your version of puree the palak for a greener version, it's too healthy for the kids too!

  16. This palak dal looks great...Loved the idea of pureeing the palak..

  17. Super tempting dal palak and very nicely presented too. Easy and comforting dal

  18. Healthy and tasty one Raji...

  19. lovely colour. my proportions are a bit different, more dal i guess :)

  20. Nice post. will try this for raksha :)

  21. beautiful color! loved that fork & spoon.

  22. Super comforting food, never tried adding ginger garlic paste in palak recipe, sounds flavourful and yummy.

  23. Nice recipe..I make the same way but using toor dal..will sure try it with moongdal..

  24. love the color.. very nice recipe..

  25. Hi
    Im a regular visitor of your blog.
    yesterday I had spinach in the refrigerator and didnt want to try out the same recipes, happened to check your blog and there it was my menu for the day:)
    I tried and turned out very good.. and it was very easy to make.My 3 yr old son liked it so much and my husband who is not a fan of spinach liked it too....
    So THANK YOU for all the good and easy recipes
    Can you please post some quick kid friendly recipes

  26. Thank you so much Shilpa for the prompt feedback :) Glad your family loved it! Sure will try to post kid friendly recipes.

  27. This has become my recent fav....ur version sounds interesting too...nice presentation!

  28. Healthy and tasty dal. Always a fan of dal and palak.

    Event: HITS : Rice

  29. Healthy and yummy feast,luks too gud...

  30. I cooked it today.It was wonderful...

  31. I tried this recipe yesterday - It came out very well.
    Garlic goes well with spinach - for people who love garlic can grind it with spinach it taste wonderful!
    your recipes are so easy to make and taste good..continue your great job!!!

  32. I have made Palak paneer but never tried this before.looks yummy..sure its healthy the clicks.

  33. Wonderful collection,simple and clear steps.
    Keep up the good work ! I tried your Ragi dosha ,and then immediately added your blog in my favourites....Thanks a lot .

  34. Hi Raks,

    Good day. What a great recipe, i never thought that spinach can be used like this and i tried as per your instructions and it came out awesome which made everyone in my family to look for more. The taste is great. Your awesome recipies makes me check your blog Daily. Keep up the Great work and Thanks once again.

  35. yours method is very nice...will try

  36. you could actually boil the moong dhal with the palak and grind them together.

  37. you could actually boil the moong dhal with the palak and grind them together.

  38. Hi raks, I made this yesterday and it came out all. My husband liked it very much. Thank you.

  39. Wow........ Awesome it looks so different and yummy... Ruchika

  40. Hi raks, i have tried most of your receipes and all of them are a hit , evryone in my family loves it... keep posting more and more new types of recepies....

  41. Going to make this tonight. Looks delicious. However, I'm going blanch the spinach instead of frying it so that it's more healthy.

  42. Great food blog! Found your site while looking for a dal with palak recipe. Easy step-by-step and beautiful pics. I was pleasantly surprised that my dal palak came out soooo good! Next up, I'm trying your Cauliflower and Peas Korma.

  43. hi raks.. if u chop spinach finely and prepare the dal.. it ll be even better.. if we grind it to a puree form entire dal looks green color and there is no hint of dal..

  44. Thank you so much for this recipe. Very easy to prepare and real tasty. Had it for lunch today! :-)

  45. This is an AMZING recipe. Just ups the dal flavor one notch. Made it with masoor dal and it tastes like a restuarant dal. Thank you !

  46. Thanks for this recepie I tried it for lunch and it tasted awesome, I have tried lots of your recepies and it has been a hit most of the times ... Today I made sure I should comment ... Name ... Dhana

  47. Tried palak dal and soya chunks receipe today

  48. hi Raks akka, i tried tis recipe came out so well😊...i try many recipes from yr blog🙂i live in Melbourne n im pregnant now. i manage cooking till my parents cme hre for my delivery. As im a new cook ur blog is vry helpful to me. Me and my little baby r enjoying ur recipes 🙂 thank u

    1. Oh wow, congrats :) Appreciate your interest in cooking :)


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