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Dal palak served in a bowl with rice and salad

Dal Palak

Dal palak is a delicious, protein-rich lentil curry recipe from India. It is made by cooking lentils with spinach and is flavored with Indian spices. This simple Indian dish can be enjoyed with rice as well as roti.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 236kcal


  • Cooking pot


  • 1 cup split mung beans
  • 2 cups spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 medium-sized red onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium-sized tomato finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 green chili pepper finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 dried whole red chili optional
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder adjust as per taste
  • teaspoon Asafoetida
  • Salt as per taste
  • ½ tablespoon any cooking oil of your choice
  • 4.5 cups water adjust to get the desired consistency


  • Rinse mung beans and put in a pot with water, salt, and turmeric. Cover the pot and cook on a medium flame for around 30 minutes or until the beans get cooked.
  • While the beans are getting cooked heat oil in another pot. Add dried red chilies, cumin seeds, and asafoetida. Saute for a few seconds or until the spices turn fragrant.
  • Add chopped onion, ginger, and, garlic. Cook until the onions start turning brown.
  • Add coriander powder and red chili powder. Saute for a few seconds on low flame.
  • Next, add tomato and green chili. Cook until the tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add chopped spinach and mix. Cook until the spinach gets wilted.
  • Add cooked mung beans and cook for around 2 minutes.
  • Finally, add lime juice and cilantro. Mix.
  • Serve hot with rice or any Indian bread like roti, paratha, or naan.


  1. You can use a pressure cooker to cook split mung beans. It will get cooked faster. However, if cooking in a pressure cooker add less water (around 3 cups).
  2. To add extra heat or flavor to dal palak, drizzle some chili oil or oil of any Indian pickle on top.
  3. If you want to add red chili powder only for color, use Kashmiri red chili powder. However, if want to add both heat and color to your dish add deggi mirch.
  4. If you are on a gluten-free diet, either skip asafoetida or make sure it's gluten-free.
  5. More detailed recipe tips and tricks are given in the post above. Please follow them to make this recipe.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2230IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3mg