Wednesday 23 January 2013

Multi Purpose Daal Palak ..Dry Version



Hi all!

Go Green is the slogan for winter with so many greens available abundantly. Today I’m posting a healthy version of daal/curry. I’m using both names, daal and curry as it is made using lentils and greens. The version that I have made is a dry one but the same after adding more water can be made as a daal too and can be had with rice. The dry version tastes best with bread, paav, phulka or can be used as a filling to make sandwich too which I did, and one can check the post here.

It is very tasty as has no extravagantly used spices. It has natural flavours of the spinach, lentils and the other added veggies. The version I’ve made has more of a Noth Indian touch but the same curry can be given a South Indian touch by adding Curry leaves and Asafoetida (heeng) during tempering.

Daal Palak-


Preparation Time:30mins

Cooking Time:15mins


6oz  Pigeon Peas/ Tuvar Daal

2big handfuls Spinach (finely chopped)

1big onion (finely chopped)

1large tomato (finely chopped)

1 piece ginger

2cloves garlic

3-4tsp refined oil

1tsp mustard seeds

a large pinch of kasuri methi


1-1/2tsp coriander powder

1tsp cumin powder

1-1/2tsp red chili powder

1/2tsp +1/4tsp turmeric powder

1/2tsp Amchoor (dry Mango) powder


Wash the lentils and soak it in water for half an hour.


Add a drop of oil and 1/4tsp turmeric pwd. Cook it in pressure cook till the grains are cooked but not mushy.


Heat oil and add mustard.


Once the mustard splutters, add crushed ginger and garlic . Fry them till the aroma is produced and it turns golden in color.


Add the chopped onions and sauté.


Tip in the tomatoes sauté. Add salt and the spices. Cook till the tomatoes are mushy. Add the kasuri methi.


Remove the excess water from the cooked lentils and add it to the onion-tomato mix.


Also add the spinach. Mix properly and cook till done. Do not cover the pan at any point of time and cook on high flame.

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Serve hot with pav.


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Unknown said...

I often make it liquid like normal daal. Love your dry version.

Sumee said...

Love that click and yes love the daal palak too

divya said...

Delicious looks very inviting.. And awesome pics..

Unknown said...

yummy dal palak :) n lovely clicks :)

great-secret-of-life said...

Love it yummy!

Nandinis food said...

Delicious dal palak. Love the colour.

Sona said...

Dal Palak is one of my fave and this looks very delicious. Nice clicks.

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My World My Home said...

Very healthy...


Hema said...

The curry looks so healthy and delicious..

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

Yummy and healthy ...Love the colour :-)
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Vimitha Durai said...

Healthy and delicious palak curry

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Very healthy and luscious dal palak.

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Unknown said...

so authentic and so delicious!!! very healthy... thanks for sharing!
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Priya Suresh said...

Love this healthy and nutritious dal.

Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

looks tasty and would be just perfect when combined with chappati..


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