Dal Palak

A veg post after a long time. Its a very basic recipe with no frills.

I should say dal (lentils) is kind of new on our menu. Both of us didn't prefer dal, may be because we had too much of it during our hostel days.

It all changed because of my dear friend Preeta, who was also my neighbor till a few months back (she relocated to India recently). We used to have tea time chatting sessions regularly and one of our major topics of discussion was food. Since she is from North of India & me from south, we used to discuss the different food habits, preparations etc;  Once during our usual chatting session, she said she made dal makhni that day & I told her I've never had that. She was so surprised (or shall i say shocked?) to hear that. She immediately packed some dal makhni for me. My whole perception about dal was changed with a spoonful of Preeta's dal makhni :) and I was hoping that it will be the same for hubby also…though he was a bit hesitant in the beginning to try it, I somehow succeeded in convincing him and he also fell in love with it.

That gave me the inspiration to try out different dal recipes, I started with her dal makhni itself (recipe coming soon). I was so happy that we both like dal now, because I can now experiment with one more ingredient which can be prepared in many ways & moreover its healthy too.

So after ice breaking session with Preeta's dal makhni, I made an effort to know it more and have started noticing dal recipes and that's how I got this one. This was shown on a TV cookery show. I liked it because of its simplicity.

Preeta dear, thanks once again for your wonderful dal makhni and for helping us to change our attitude towards dal :) and I miss our chatting sessions a lot :( . Wishing you the best…

You can see other dal recipes here

Here is the recipe…

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Dal Palak

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1 cup Moong Dal
  • 1 cup Spinach leaves / Palak (chopped)
  • 2 small – medium Onion (chopped)
  • 4 -5 cloves Garlic ( crushed)
  • 4 -5 Green chili
  • 2 small – medium Tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 3/4 cup Medium thick Coconut milk ((optional))


  • Roast moong dal in a saucepan without oil for 5-7 minutes. When the colour is slightly changed add 2 cups of water and cook till its done. Let it cool for sometime. Mash the dal using a blender/food processor (you can also mash it using the back of a wooden spoon, since I like the dal to be mashed well I used food processor).
  • Heat oil in a pan & splutter jeera. Add crushed garlic & saute for a few minutes. Add chopped onion and green chili . Saute till the onion becomes soft. Add turmeric powder, chopped tomatoes & salt. When tomato becomes soft add mashed dal and 3/4 – 1 cup of water. Mix well & add palak. Cook till the palak leaves are done.
  • At this stage you can add either 3/4 cup of coconut milk or water. Sprinkle the garam masala and cook for 5 more minutes. Adjust the gravy as per your requirements.


Though the original recipe uses coconut milk, I didnt add it. Anyways for a creamier and richer version you can add coconut milk.
You can also cook the dal using pressure cooker. After roasting the dal in pressure cooker, add 2.5-3 cups of water. Cook on high flame for 5-6 whistles. Keep it closed for 15 mins. Open the cooker and follow the rest of the recipe.
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41 thoughts on “Dal Palak”

  1. good one maria…. had been searching side dishes for chappathi. Made this Dal palak today. Tasty. Thank u.

  2. i came across ur blog randomly while i was searching for dal palak recipe
    n first i tht its owned by sme north indian bt when i saw the typical kottayam menus i felt so happy coz iam from kottayam.now iam a fan of u n ur blog..maria thanx a lot for ur recipe it came out very well.next iam gn to try ur malai kofta…

  3. hi,

    I am really thankful to u for ur delicious recipes,as it is really helpful to people like me who finds cooking as a tough job.I really like the presentation as well as the intro about each menu which makes me feel comfortable .

  4. thank you maria!! it was really yummy.. my husband is not a veggie but he enjoyed it so much that we are gonna make this once a week ;)..

  5. Hi Maria,

    Your recipes are great. Had a doubt, do we roast the dal without washing them or you wash and then roast the dal.( Dal Palak)


  6. Hi Maria,
    Both me and my husband love dal but are not fond of palak. But both of us loved this dish. It was so tasty and healthy too. I didn’t add the coconut milk but still it was tasty..
    In this lent season am on the lookout for veg dishes. Ur dal makhini is next on my list to try. Will let u know…

    • Hi Josphine,

      Thanks dear, for trying this recipe. Nice to know that you guys liked it. It’s same with us too..even we are not big fans of palak.

      Hope you’ll like dal makhani also :)


    • Hi Shauna,

      Once I have used a combination of toor dal & moong dal, it came out well. I think it should be ok to use only toor dal.


  7. I accidently enter into ur blog while searching indri appam for maundy thrusday ….but i got many receipe frm ur blog and all are interesting to try…I tried dal palak it seems to me lovely thanks for ur receipies….

    • Hi Madona,

      Welcome to my blog :)

      Happy to hear that you find the recipes here interesting.

      Thanks for trying out this recipe and also pls do try other recipes as well.

      Wish you and your family a Happy Easter!


  8. Dear Maria, iam trying for mooru kachiyathu tomorrow. And please do insert the recipe for nadan Kadala curry.
    Iam from kannur. And you r basically from?

  9. dear maria,
    I tried out this recipe with coconut milk, its extreamely delicious, yummmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. do u have the recipe for sambhar
    nadan style?

    • Hi Reepna

      Thanks for visiting my blog and trying out this dish. Very happy to hear that it came out well for you.

      I haven’t posted a sambar recipe yet, will try to post it sometime soon.

      Meanwhile please do try out other dishes and let me know whether you like it :)

      Take care

  10. Thanks Veena :)

    Thanks Deesha, am also seeing a dal preparation with coconut milk for the first time, though I didn’t try it yet with coconut milk, may be next time :)


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