Dal Palak / Paruppu palak keerai Kootu/Palak dal fry

Dal Palak recipe combines the goodness of spinach and lentils. This healthy and delicious recipe goes well with Rice, Chapati, Roti. Palak is cooked with onions, tomatoes, cooked lentils and tempered with basic Indian spices. This way you can also make spinach haters to eat it. The lovely green and yellow colour combination of the dish tempts to eat.

Let’s see what’s required and how to make it.  

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 45 mins

Serves: 2 – 3


For cooking Dal

Toor dal – 3/4 cup

Water – 1 cup

For cooking Palak

Oil – 3 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Garlic – 5 cloves

Dried red chilli long – 2

Curry leaves – a sprig

Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp

Onion – 1/2 (chopped)

Tomato – 1(finely chopped)

Palak – 1 bunch

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Salt to taste


1.Pluck palak leaves then add them to a pot with water. Allow it to rest for a few minutes and then drain them. Chop the leaves as required.  

2. To a cooker add soaked and washed toor dal along with water and cook for 4 to 5 whistles till the dal gets cooked.  

  3. To a pan add oil. Then add Mustard seeds when they crackle add cumin seeds, garlic.  

4. Add Red chilli, Curry leaves, onion and saute till they turn translucent then add asafoetida.  

5. Add Tomatoes and saute them well in oil. Then add chopped palak. Saute them in oil till they get cooked. Add little water if required for the palak to get cooked.  

  6. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, required amount of salt and mix well.  

7. Add cooked dal and mix well with the palak. add water so that the dal gets mixed nicely with palak and we get a nice curry. Serve it hot with Rice or Roti.  

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