Dal Palak Recipe

Dal Palak is a delicious and a nutritious blend of lentils and fresh palak. The flavour of this dish is wonderful and one of the reasons for that is the ghee. A true comfort food that makes you feel light yet filling when served with rotis!


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Cuisine : Indian
Category : Side dish for rotis/rice
Serves : 4

Preparation Time : 15 min
Cooking Time : 25 min


Heat oil & ghee in a pan → Add cumin seeds, chopped ginger & garlic → Fry for 30 sec → Add chopped onions, slit green chilli & saute till translucent → Add chopped tomatoes & saute till mushy → Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, asafoetida & turmeric powder → Saute till raw smell goes → Add chopped palak → Saute till they shrink → Add cooked moong dal, water, salt → Let it boil for 3-4 min → Switch off the flame & add lemon juice → Mix well & serve hot.



  • 3 cups chopped Palak
  • 3/4 cup Moong Dal
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1″ piece Ginger
  • 3 big cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • Salt as required
  • Water

How to make Dal Palak?
1. Chop the onion, tomato, ginger and garlic. Slit the green chilli. Add a pinch of turmeric powder, asafoetida to moong dal and pressure cook till soft.
2. Heat oil and ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds, chopped ginger and garlic. Fry for 30 sec.

3. Add the chopped onion and slit green chilli. Saute with a pinch of salt till they become translucent.
4. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute till they become mushy.
5. Add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, asafoetida and turmeric powder. Mix well and saute till the raw smell goes. Sprinkle a little water now for the masalas to blend well.
6. Add the chopped palak and saute till they shrink.
7. Add the cooked dal and water to get the consistency you want. Add salt.
8. Mix well and let it boil for 3-4 minutes. Switch off the flame and add the lemon juice. Serve hot with rotis/parathas/rice.


  • Ghee adds a very good flavor to this dish. You can skip that if you are concerned about calories.
  • You can also prepare this with toor dal (pigeon peas) instead of moong dal.

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