Dal Palak Recipe

Dal Palak Recipe | No onion no garlic dal palak | How to Make Dal Palak

What is Dal Palak?

Indian recipe which combines dal and palak, flavored with tomato, ginger and green chilies, tempered with ghee, cumin seeds, and red chili powder; is dal palak. This is one of our favorite dinner recipes. This particular recipe is a simple recipe for dal palak. It is prepared without onion and garlic. And therefore is a light dinner idea and quick recipe. Dal palak can be served with the simplest Indian bread i.e. chapati or simple rice.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Dal Palak recipe

Palak is a fixed item in my weekly vegetable list.  Palak is a versatile ingredient. It can be used to make various gravies as well as healthy snacks. My family’s favorite palak recipe is palak paneer. But I don’t like to stick to one palak recipe. So this time I tried making this easy and quick dal palak recipe. And no one complained at all. Let’s see what all is required for the same:

Dal: Different recipes use different dals for the dal palak recipe. In fact, I too use a different dal when I prepare the dal palak recipe with onion and garlic. For this simpler, easier and quicker recipe I use the green moong dal i.e. split moong dal with skin. You can use toor dal, yellow moong dal, etc.

Palak: Select good quality palak. Pick the bunch with smaller and greener leaves. It is very important to clean and wash the spinach leaves properly.

Flavoring: Tomatoes, green chilies, and ginger are used to flavor dal palak. In the end, lemon juice is added which zings up the dal palak.

Tempering: Ghee, only ghee is recommended to temper dals. Other than ghee, red chili powder and cumin seeds have been used.

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How to serve Dal Palak?

Serve it hot with garma garam chapatis for a weekday lunch.

How to make Dal Palak?

1.This recipe serves 3-4 persons.

Dal Palak Recipe

2.In a pressure cooker add in ¾ cup of soaked green moong dal, 1 and ½ cup of chopped spinach leaves, salt to taste, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, 1 chopped green chili, 1 inch piece of ginger; grated, and 2 cups of water.

Dal Palak Recipe

3.Close the lid. Pressure cook on high flame till the first whistle. Thereafter reduce the flame and cook on low for 5-7 minutes. Let the pressure release. Open the lid. Check the dal.

Dal Palak Recipe

4.Place a strainer on the cooker and mash the tomato. Mix the puree in the dal.

Dal Palak Recipe

5.Prepare the tempering. For that heat 2 tbsp of ghee. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) and 1 pinch asafetida (heeng). Let it all splutter. Switch off the flame and add in 1 tsp of red chili powder. Pour it on the dal. Cover the lid of the cooker and leave for 2 minutes.

Dal Palak Recipe

6.Finish off with the juice of 1 lemon. Serve hot. Bon appétit!

Dal Palak Recipe

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Hi! I am CA Vini Mehta. A Chartered Accountant by profession, a food blogger by passion! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by at Viniscookbook, I hope you have a good time. Here, yo...u will find the recipes which have been tried, at times re-tried in my kitchen and relished on the dining table. I am mother of two kids and the wife of a person with a high and selective taste sense, so basically anything, before finding its place on the blog, has many levels to cross and clear. This journey started a couple of years back. Before that I was making the most usual kind of food. The only experiment used to be asking my mother how to make something new or different☺. Then, one day, I tried a recipe for butter cookies. And they did not get to go in the container as they were over before I could store them. That day I was introduced to the joy of experimenting with recipes. And I loved everything else that followed especially garnishing and photographing food. I am still not well versed with the photography dos and don’ts but I love to experiment and learn, be it photography or cooking. Hope you too enjoy this journey as much as I do☺! Stay healthy, stay tuned!.

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