Dal Palak

Dal Palak

Published January 29, 2013 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 3
Total Time: 35 min

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 15 min


A very popular North Indian recipe, dal palak is an important source of protein and fiber. It is also easy and simple to prepare. It is eaten as a main dish and teamed up with chapattis or rice. The use of asafetida and powdered spices gives it a characteristic aroma and flavor. It tastes best when served steaming hot.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: Approximately 1 cup of cooked dal
Calories per serving: 33
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 4.1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
Protein 1.6g 2%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1/2 cup dehusked moong dal
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • A dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup spinach, washed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves (finely chopped)

Step by Step:

  1. Wash the moong dal in running water and keep aside. Take a pressure cooker; add washed dal, water, finely chopped spinach, salt, and turmeric powder and keep it for cooking over medium high heat for 5-10 minutes (1-2 whistle).
  2. For tempering heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add asafetida and cumin seeds; when they start spluttering, add coriander powder, red chili powder and garam masala powder, and sauté for 1 minute. Add to the cooked dal.
  3. Mix lemon juice, garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot.