Dhal Spinach /Palak Dhal /Spinach Gravy with Lentils

My family prefers to have rasam,potato fry for a simple and comforting food.If I want to make the comforting meal more nutritious my choice would be some lentil  and vegetable based kootu.

As my kids love spinach,I prefer to make kootu.I have shared my version of spinach kootu here and here.

But this version is slightly different and I had in my friend's place and it quiet interesting.It tasted awesome with the flavor of ghee.Also the use of mixed lentils with spinach makes a balanced meal with roti or rice.So I tried it for the protein rich theme, as it has used variety of lentils.

As ghee has natural fat its good to use in moderate quantity.If you want a vegan version then go ahead and use oil for the tempering.Off to the recipe...............

                                                                      Dhal Spinach/Palak Dhal

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
   Serves ~ 4(generously)


4 cups(tightly packed)
Channa dhal/kadalaparuppu
1/2 cup
Toor dhal/thuvaramparuppu
2 tbs
Moong dhal/paasiparuppu
2 tbs
Onion( finely chopped)
1 medium size
Green chilly/pachamilagai
2 (slit lengthy)
1 (medium size)
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder/milagai podi
1/4 tsp
3-4(finely chopped)
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)
1 tbs
1 tbs

 For tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu
1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1 tsp
Red chilly /varamilagai
1 (broken)
a pinch
  • Wash and rinse the dhals,take the dhals,spinach,chopped onion,tomato,green chilly,salt,turmeric powder,red chilly powder in a pressure pan.

  • Mix it well and add around 2 cups of water and pressure cook it for 2-3 whistles.Put off the flame and once the pressure subsides remove the lid.
  • Meanwhile do the tempering with the given ingredients and fry the garlic.Add in a pinch of red chilly powder and put off the flame.Keep it aside.
  •  Now add in 1/2 cup of water to the cooked spinach and dhal mix and keep it on the flame.After one boil,add in the tempering and mix it well.Put off the flame.
  • Serve it  with rice or phulka.



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Palak and dal makes a really yummy combo.. Even i made a similar dish for this marathon.. Will be posting it soon!!

What an healthy combo. I have a similar recipe coming soon. Between I have that serveware too. I love that bowl and as usual your shots are classy.

Dal palak is our favourite during winters but I make it with moong dal. Love your version and mire I love the pics, the setup and the props. Well done!!

Dal palak is an universal favorite I guess :-). Like sapana, I also make it with moong dal. Lovely clicks and the background looks exceptional.

Love spinach with channadal, even i prepared something like this but in a different way. I want some to have with rice and papads rite now, comforting food for me.

Fantastic clicks , beautiful serve ware and a gorgeous protein rich dish . You have everything in this post ! The paalak looks quite like our SINDHI paalak , though it is completely different , a must try !

Such a classic dish and you have taken it to anither level with your pics!Love your serve ware!

Beautiful everyday food made stunning with your pics. I love this kind of combo.

This must be one of the most protein rich recipes.

Adding moong and toor dal in kootu is so new to me. But I do add spinach in all my dal preparations. You have made it so good and as usual the snaps are stunning..

Palak with a mixture of dals looks so yummy.One more way I can prepare spinach by adding mixed dals. I love the bowl too it's so beautiful.

I make a similar one but without adding onions / tomatoes in one version - usage of 3 dals is very interesting here, Nalini !

That looks like a very inviting and wholesome meal. Your pictures are beautiful, as always!

Such beautiful bowl and the dal stands out in that!..I love this dal Nalini, you have made it so well!

very healthy combo.. I can have it just like that. no need of rice or chapathis. and loved the bowl.

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