August 09, 2006

DAL PALAK (Chana-Tuar dal with Spinach)

A north Indian fare, Dal Palak! Both Dal and spinach are healthy ,light ,visually pleasing and nutritious.It is not only tastes delicious with parathas, also easy to prepare in a jiffy .There is no need to say anything else, is there? Try it and taste it. Let me know how you liked my Dal Palak!:)

1/2 Cup Chana Dal
1/2 Cup Tuar Dal
2-3 Cups Spinach
3-4 Cherry Tomatoes
Little sugar

1 tsp ground Ginger
1 tsp ground Garlic
2 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Chilli Powder or 2 green chillies minced


1 tsp Oil and 1 tsp Ghee
1 tsp Mustard Seeds(optional)
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1-2 Dry Red Chillies
1 Big Onion chopped


1. Cook dals but not to a mush.Chop spinach and keep aside.
2. Season with oil to onion.when golden,add ground ginger- garlic and stir for few minutes.
3. Add all the dry spices along with tomatoes,salt and sugar ,cook until pasty.
4. Put in spinach, 1 Cup water ,cover and cook till soft.Add in dals, simmer until oil shows and gravy thickens.
You can season it after they are cooked instead on step 2.It looks better but no difference in taste.

Serve with:


Or with Cumin flavored rice:

There you are. Enjoy the meal!:))


Pooja said...

hiya ,
I am the first one to comment . :) .thank you very much for being with my idea of vegetable of the week, and contributing to it. I just posted recipe entries for today.
I would love it if I could get some suggestions from you to select vegetable for coming weeks.
thanks for being with me, this itself is a big source of inspiration for me.
soon gonna try your version of Dal Palak. now i have many more in my bag to try with :D .
stay tuned

FH said...

Thanks Pooja.You are the first and the last as you can see!:D
Your weekly veg idea is a great one and I am happy to participitate in it.You do get lots of recipe ideas form this event.So enjoy all of them.Have a great weekend.

Mythreyee said...

Hi Asha, this is Mythreyee of try this recipe blog. is my new blog. The main Idea of this blog is to spread the awareness of 'Cooking for Health' for the Indian Community.

I choose a theme and publish a round up of recipes and articles relating to the theme.

The Current theme is Leafy Vegetables and it would be great if you can send your permanent link for this spinach dal recipe to I shall be delighted to add your recipe in the Jan 10th/11th Roundup. For more details visit


FH said...

No problem, Mythreyee! I think I saw that before I went to FL and then I forgot it.I will send it.Thanks for reminding.I hope you remind me every time whenever or whatever you spot in my blog!:))

Radhika Misra said...

thanks ever so much for the daal palak recipe. this is one of the best i have seen and have made it a few times with great results each time! thanks again!!
- Radhika

FH said...

You are very welcome Radhika and I thank you for the feedback.It's very important for me to know that people cook and enjoy the dishes! Have a great day!:))

Unknown said...

Hi Asha,

I tried your Dal Palak last night and it was great!! I have just started cooking n totally enjoying it! I looked at a few other recipes n they sound great! will try some more! Thanks!!

FH said...

You are welcome Madhu.Glad you tried and liked it!It's pretty healthy too.Enjoy.If tyou are new for cooking,choose easy recipes first,so you don't get discouraged!I just tried Fried Ice Cream and didn't work well!Look at my new post!:D

Anonymous said...

Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.

- Kris

FH said...

Thanks kris, hope you try Dal Palak! :)

Vanita said...

Thank you so much - I tried this and loved it. I didn't have Toor dal so only used Chana dal. Next time, I have to pressurize it less - the dal came out a bit mushy but the end result was still delicious! I added fresh Methi leaves before adding spinach - yum!

FH said...

I love Chana dal to make this too, called Cholar dal. dding Methi sounds yum as well, enjoy! :)
I cook Chana dal in pressure cooker on medium heat. As soon as pressure builds up, I take the cooker off the stove. That way it won't get mushy, Tuar dal needs more cooking.