Palak Daal ~ Spinach Lentil Gravy

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Galloping towards the fag end of the precious month… and not feeling good at all! πŸ™ Alhamdulillah, we are having a lovely time with my parents and InShaAllah, tonight my sister and her boy will join us, so we are all excited about the few weeks that are coming up. Time with family is always welcome and especially, when you have festivities coming around… Even the hot summers don’t seem to affect the spirit, isn’t it? πŸ™‚


I totally love lentils. For me, it is a totally comfort meal. Normally, in Malabar cooking, the use of lentil is very minimal, like using it in masala vada or in this aubergine curry. Umma doesn’t like much of daal, so she used to hardly make them at home but once I was in charge of the kitchen, I started cooking it at least a week – yeah, I know my Northy friends would feel, “seriously?” πŸ™‚ I am slowly trying to convert the folks into loving daal, so that it would make my life easier as well. πŸ˜‰ This is one of the recent lentil dishes I have fallen in love with – thankfully nobody minds the green floating since the taste is nicely masked and the heavy tempering just adds to the dish so well! Before going off to this recipe, some lentil curries on the blog, in case you are interested… πŸ™‚

Masoor Dal Curry

Punjabi Dal Fry

Microwave Dal Fry

Carrot Dal ~ No Onion/ No Garlic

Kerala Style Parippu Curry

Dal Coconut Milk Curry

No oil Mixed Daal Curry



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5 from 1 vote

Palak Daal

Course Curries
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 3/4 cup masoor lentil
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 green chilies minced
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 bunch spinach chopped thinly
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi


  • Pressure cook the lentil in sufficient water with turmeric and salt.
  • In a saucepan, heat oil. Crackle the cumin and mustard seeds.
  • Add the green chillies and ginger garlic paste and saute till a nice aroma comes.
  • Add the onions and saute till wilted. Sprinkle little salt.
  • Add in the spinach and masala powders and saute till the spinach looks wilted.
  • Add the cooked lentil into the sauteed masala and keep on simmer for five minutes on closed lid.
  • Add the kasuri methi and give a final mix. Adjust seasoning.
  • Serve warm with rice or rotis.


You can use any daal of your choice instead of masoor - my preference would be chana dal and moong daal. πŸ™‚

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  1. My fav too. Just that it is not well received by F though he eats it with a long face! πŸ˜› How long we waited for Ramadan and look how soon it is passing off. MashaAllah! it is great to be with family and loved ones at least during the festivals. I will miss them and hopefully catchup for the next Eid. I am looking at the big plate you have used, that looks really gorgeous!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Alhamdulillah ala kulli haal… that plate belongs to my grandmother, an old Malay plate… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Fami…

  2. i didnt try masoor dal after marriage and this looks perfect.all i need is steamed rice and ghee to go with

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      We always cook with masoor dal, since it cooks so fast… thanks a lot Ramya…

  3. I have masoor dal in my kitchen…. This recipe is tempting me to make palak dal from it….. πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya…

  4. 5 stars
    wow how can some one don’t like comfy food , dal is my fav too rafee πŸ™‚ spinach added to the simple dal is like added nutrients , looks so delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Manjula… πŸ™‚

  5. this looks so creamy and tasty.. comforting food

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Veena…

  6. just pinned this to try – delicious, nutritious and totally perfect for shoring up energy end of Ramadan! a few of us are hosting a virtual eid party – please do join in! details are here –

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sarah…

  7. Looks very tasty and healthy curry

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  8. Yummmm I want some naan to dip in to that !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nammi…

  9. I am too a big fan of anything lentils..this one looks really comforting and delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  10. I haven’t tried much of Masoor Dhal. The dish looks so healthy and and full of vigour. Love it Sweets.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sowmya…

  11. Nice to hearyou are with family , family gatherings are the most rejoicing time we treasure ,
    I have always used masoor dal , love the plate πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Hiba… πŸ™‚

  12. I love palak dal nd i used masoor dal as well.. it’s looks delicious… I also went whaaattttt! Just once a week…. Good luck in converting ur folks to lentil lovers

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… it is not something unusual in our part… Thank you so much Sharvari…

  13. Perfect dal curry…the consistency is just so perfect…my stomach is growling to have some phulkas with that dal curry.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

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