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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dal Palak Recipe / Palak Dal (Spinach Dal)

I am a bad eater when it comes to veggies and my mother always had trouble in feeding me greens. When I started feeding my daughter, I made sure she took greens as a part of her diet and thank god she likes green when its with dal so keerai kootu is often made. Dal Palak sounds to me like a north indian version of keerai kootu :) It is very humble looking but the burst of flavour with greens, dhal and to add on ghee tadka - its finger licking good , I would say.
Dal Palak Recipe
Dal Palak Recipe  Ingredients
  • Palak - 1 bunch (2 cups tightly packed)
  • Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Onion - 1 medium sized finely chopped
  • Garlic - 1 tbsp chopped
  • Tomato - 1
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Salt - to taste
To Temper:
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Oil - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 3/4 tsp
  • Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing - a generous pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Red Chilli -1

Dal Palak Recipe
Method:
1.Pressure cook toor dhal upto 4-5 whistles until mushy with turmeric powder and salt. Then mash it up with  a laddle and set aside. Heat ghee and add the items under 'to temper' table and allow it to splutter.
Palak Dal Recipe - Step1
2.Then add garlic, onion and saute till golden brown. Then add tomato and saute till raw smell of tomato leaves and is mushy.Wash palak and add it to the tempered items.
Palak Dal Recipe - Step2
3.Saute till it shrinks in size. Add red chilli powder and transfer this to the cooked dhal. and give a stir.Allow it to cook for 3-5mins in low flame.
Palak Dal Recipe - Step3
4.Then mash it up with a laddle to combine well. Allow it for a boil and switch it off as per your required consistency.
Palak Dal Recipe - Step4
Serve hot with a dollop of ghee with rice - tastes divine. Any one who doesnt like spinach , am sure they will change their mind once they taste this like me :)
Palak Dal Recipe
My Notes:
  • You can try this dal with any other variety of spinach too.
  • The measurement of dal and greens can be altered as per your choice.
Palak Dal Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J

29 comments:

  1. wow... so delicious i too love it very much with dal n keerai...
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  2. droolworthy :) love this greens and lentil combination

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  3. love the second last picture! and the clicks are good different from each other. and well worth the work you put in!!

    palak dal is my favourite. and i cook this so often!

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  4. inviting dear...can have it anytime

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  5. yum this is different from what I make but will love this.

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  6. i was suppose to post it :) same pinch :)

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  7. yummy and healthy one...looks delicious.

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  8. cute clicks, loved that vessel...this is my comfort food :)

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  9. Looks yum

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  10. We are great fans of greens. I love this dish so much. The picture with the dal in a cup with a plate of rice looks so good and tempting !!

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  11. Healthy and tempting dal,love the color and presentation.

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  12. hi.. nice recipe. i have one doubt. i.e., adding tomatoes with palak is not at all good as i heard. i donno what exactly wrong with that. so i skip tomatoes with palak everytime. nice clicks.. thatnk u.

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  13. I never say no to spinach and dal. Looks yummy.

    Vardhini
    Event: Rice

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  14. This is one of the most comforting Dals ever. Loved it :)

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  15. Never tried palak in this way though my sister makes this version sometimes. Looks tempting

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  16. Thats such a comforting meal. Ric and palak ki dal...yumm!!!!

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  17. I too make the same way but i add tamarind extract. We love it :)

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  18. I love palak and is my favorite green..ur dal looks nice

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  19. I make this often now a days and wanted to post too :) looks perfectly done!

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  20. dal palak is a regular at my place. nice clicks sharmi

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  21. Lovely recipe.. My athai makes this almost all the week in the name of Pappu. I love it so much :)

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  22. Tried this recipe and it was finger-licking good just as you promised :)

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  23. I am hungry by just looking at your picture lovely site.

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  24. I am hungry by just looking at your picture lovely site.

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  25. Lovely Recipe and I was happy that My kid and Hubby finally had Greens which was not possible all this time. Thank you.

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  26. hai, nd just loved this dal. All thanks to you. i just followed the steps from your recipe.

    my husba

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  27. hi thanks for the recipe. All credit for you. My husband just loved it

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