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spinach dal curry

Red Lentil Spinach Dal Curry - Indian Dal Palak With Masoor Dal

Spinach dal or Indian style dal palak made with baby spinach leaves and masoor dal (red lentils) makes an easy, delicious, creamy, healthy and nutritious dal curry perfect for Indian breads like chapathi, poori, naan bread etc or cooked white rice or brown rice!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword dal palak, red lentils, spinach dal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
pressure build up and cooling time 20 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 212kcal


  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves may use little more or less leaves as you like
  • 1.5 cups masoor dal
  • salt as needed
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 large sized onion peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes sliced small or medium
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 4 cups water

for seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 red chilies broken
  • 1 tablespoon minced onions


  • Wash the spinach leaves and dal very well and add to a large sized pressure cooker (use at least 6 quart pressure cooker).
  • Add sliced onions and tomatoes to the pressure cooker.
  • Add water, salt, turmeric powder and also ginger garlic paste & mix everything well.
  • Close the pressure cooker with lid and safety valve in position, cook in high until the steam begins to release. Once the steam comes, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Once the cooking is done, switch off the stove and wait for the pressure cooker to cool down.
  • Meanwhile let us prepare the seasoning. To make the seasoning, heat oil in a pan and lightly fry the cumin seeds.
  • Also add the broken chilies and minced onions, lightly fry. Now the seasoning is ready, keep this aside.
  • Once the pressure cooker is cooled, carefully open the lid and see if the dal is cooked and soft.
  • Mix everything well. If desired, you may add a little more water for the preferred consistecy of dal.
  • Keep in mind that the dal will further thicken as it cools down, so you may add more water later, if needed.
  • Add the prepared seasoning to the prepared dal palak curry, gently mix in.
  • Serve the delicious dal palak with rice or Indian breads like chapathi, poori etc as you like!


This is an easy recipe for dal palak using baby spinach leaves and masoor dal and we do not even need to saute the onion, tomatoes etc in advance to make this delicious dal curry.
We just dump all ingredients to the pressure cooker to make this dish and it's still delicious!
Also, I didn't chop the baby spinach leaves. If you are using regular spianch leaves, you may chop the leaves if needed.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1514IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 4mg