Feb 16, 2008

Dal Palak (Split Red Gram and Spinach Soup)

Like any other vegetarian I rely heavily upon dals since is one of the few sources of Protein available to us. Dal Palak is a unique combination of spinach (which is a rich source of iron) and Dal and it has the best of both the worlds!! I don't like eating spinach and by cooking this dish, my husband makes sure that I eat it and truly speaking I just love it. Here is my husband's easy and tasty recipe :)

Ingredients -
Serves - 3-4 people

Split Red Gram (Tuvar Dal) - 1 cup

Finally Chopped Spinach - 2-3cups

Chopped Green Chilies - 1 tbsp

Chopped Ginger - 1 tsp

Finally Chopped Onions - 1 cup

Green Curry leaves - 3-4 nos

Cumin Seeds- 1tsp
Asafetida (Hing)- 1/4 tsp

Garam Masala Powder - 1tsp

Red Chili Powder - 1tsp (optional)

Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tbsp

Chopped Green Coriander – 2 tbsp

Oil/Ghee for frying – 3 tbsp

Salt To taste

Here I have used Split Red Gram but one can use masoor dal (split orange lentils) , moong dal (split yellow lentils) or chana dal (bengal gram / yellow gram).
Vegans avoid ghee/butter as it is made of milk.


Put split Red Gram (Tuvar Dal), chopped spinach and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker with salt and turmeric powder and cook it for almost 3-4 whistles. Allow it to cool naturally.

In a pan take oil. Once it’s hot add the Asafetida (Hing) and cumin seeds. WhenCumin seeds start spluttering add Green Curry Leaves, Green chilies and Ginger. Once the ginger and chilies become slightly golden brown in color add chopped onions (Make sure you keep the flame on medium) . Cook onions till they become slightly golden brown. Now add the Garam Masala and Red Chili powder. Cook it for almost half a min on low flame (make sure you don’t burn the masala). Switch off the flame and add the boiled Dal mixture in the that. Stir it well and garnish it with green coriander and 1tsp ghee/butter. Taddaaaaaaaaaaa its ready to slurp :) Serve it hot with rice or parathas!!!


Cynthia said...

You're probably tired of hearing me say this but I have to, I LOVE dal! :)

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Mallika said...


This is my first time at your blog. The dal with spinach looks delicious. It's one of my favourites as I keep a bag of frozen spinach handy all the time.

Sudha said...

Hey Cynthia you bet..my food is not complete without hot dal and rice..hmmmmm comfort food :)

Sudha said...

Hey Mallika thanks for visiting my blog.. I also love this dish..its so damn yummy..try it and let me knw if u liked it :)

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