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Daal Palak Recipe, Palak Wali Daal

Tuvar daal cooked with spinach and mild spices
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Lentil/Daal, Main Course
Cuisine: North Indian Cuisine
Keyword: daal, daal palak, palak, tuvar daal
Servings: 4 person
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 3/4 cup Pigeon Pea / Tuvar / Arhar ki daal
  • 1 medium size Tomatoes / Tamatar chopped
  • 125 gms Spinach / Palak
  • 1 tsp Green Chillies / Hari Mirch chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger / Adrak chopped
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice / Nimbu Ka Ras
  • 3/4 tsp Turmeric Powder / Haldi Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder / Laal mirch powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder / Dhaniya Powder
  • To Taste Salt / Namak

Tempering /tadka/waghar

  • 3 tbsp Clarified Butter / Desi Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds / Sabut Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds / Rai
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida / Hing powder
  • 3 Dried Red Chilli, Whole


  • Pick and wash the lentil and soak in water for about 15 minutes.
  • Add the soaked lentil,1 tsp oil, turmeric and water in the pressure cooker.
  • Water level should be approx 3/4 inch above the daal level.
  • Pressure cook on medium heat for 2 whistles or till it become soft to touch.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add cumin and mustard seeds.
  • Now add chopped green chilies ,Stir fry for few seconds and then add ginger, dried red chilies and asafoetida.
  • After frying for few seconds add chopped tomatoes and salt.cook till tomato become slightly soft.
  • Add chopped spinach, chili powder, coriander powder and stir fry till spinach wilt and become soft (no need to over cook at this stage )
  • Now open the cooker and gently mix the daal,no need to mash it.
  • Add 2-3 cups of hot water in the cooked daal and give it a boil.( water should be added according to your preference,if you want to serve it with roti then make it slightly thicker and if want to serve with rice then make it slightly thin)
  • Then add the spinach mixture in the daal and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the flame and add lemon juice.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice and roti