Spinach Dal with Indian Spices (Indian Lentils with Spinach)

Spinach Dal with Indian Spices: super quick and easy Indian lentil dal/soup recipe using spinach. It’s extremely rich in proteins and nutrients.

Spinach Dal with Indian Spices (Indian Lentils with Spinach)

 

Okay, I have this questions for all those who read this post, growing up how many of us really liked to eat “Dal”(lentil) ???

Not me atleast, I never liked Dal (Lentil) till I was 5-7yrs, maybe because it just looked “BLAH”.

But my mom cooked this dal one day which smelled really good and looked interesting enough to try 🙂

Lentil Curry

To her relief, I really liked it and when asked what Dal it is, she said: “Not your regular Dal” 😉 
 
So from that day I’ve been calling it the same (I’m sure many of you may have a different name for it). 
 
During the course of time I started eating most of the Dal’s in many preparation, but this one holds a special place.
It’s very easy to make as this recipe requires just 1 pot for cooking and because of the use of vegetables, it curbs hunger for a long time (since it’s whole grain)
 
Serves: 4
Serving Suggestion:Can be served with Roti’s or Rice
 

Tools:
1
Medium Pressure Cooker – You can also use
a crockpot OR Large Pot for the
same.
 

Ingredients:

 
½ Cup Yellow Lentil (Moong Dal)
½ Cup Pigeon Pea (Arhar Dal)
½ Cup Onion – Thinly sliced
¼ Cup Tomato – Thinly Sliced
½ Cup Spinach
1 Tbsp Green Chilies – Chopped
1 Tbsp Oil (Any non-flavored oil)
1 Tsp Clarified Butter (Ghee)
1½  Cup Water
 
 

Indian Spice Mix:

 
1 Black Cardamom – Crushed
2 Cloves
¼ Stick Cinnamon
1 Tsp Cumin Seed
¼ Tsp Asafetida
Salt – As per taste
 
 

Method:

 

Heat the pressure cooker over medium heat, add oil and butter. Add Indian Spice Mix and sauté for ½ min.

Add Onion and sauté for 2min (Till onions are golden in color). 

Now add tomato and sauté for 2min.

Reduce the flames to lowest and add Spinach and sauté for another 2min, add both the lentils (Dal) and sauté for 2 more min. (Pic 2)

Now add green chilies and water and pressure cook on high till you hear 3-4 whistles and then switch
off the heat.

Wait for 2-3min for the steam in the pressure cooker to reduce completely and Serve Hot.

 


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Spinach Dal with Indian Spices

Spinach Dal with Indian Spices
super quick and easy Indian lentil dal/soup recipe using spinach. It's extremely rich in proteins and nutrients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Yellow Lentil (Moong Dal)
  • ½ Cup Pigeon Pea (Arhar Dal)
  • ½ Cup Onion – Thinly sliced
  • ¼ Cup Tomato – Thinly Sliced
  • ½ Cup Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Green Chilies - Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Oil (Any non-flavored oil)
  • 1 Tsp Clarified Butter (Ghee)
  • 1½  Cup Water
  •  
  •  

Indian Spice Mix: 

  • 1 Black Cardamom – Crushed
  • 2 Cloves
  • ¼ Stick Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seed
  • ¼ Tsp Asafetida
  • Salt – As per taste

Instructions

Heat the pressure cooker over medium heat, add oil and butter. Add Indian Spice Mix and sauté for ½ min.

Add Onion and sauté for 2min (Till onions are golden in color). 

Now add tomato and sauté for 2min.

Reduce the flames to lowest and add Spinach and sauté for another 2min, add both the lentils (Dal) and sauté for 2 more min. (Pic 2)

Now add green chilies and water and pressure cook on high till you hear 3-4 whistles and then switch

off the heat.

Wait for 2-3min for the steam in the pressure cooker to reduce completely and Serve Hot.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

2

Amount Per ServingCalories 81 Total Fat 3g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 2mg Sodium 153mg Carbohydrates 10g Fiber 3g Sugar 2g Protein 3g

4 Replies to "Spinach Dal with Indian Spices (Indian Lentils with Spinach)"

  • comment-avatar
    Julia @The Roasted Root May 30, 2012 (4:42 pm)

    I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVE Indian food…curry, yes please….lentils, LOVE. I'm pinning your post in my To Try board on Pinterest so that next time I cook up Indian food, this will be on the menu! Thanks!

    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar May 30, 2012 (7:04 pm)

      Thanks for your comment Julia and I'm glad to know that U like Indian Food 🙂

  • comment-avatar
    faseela May 30, 2012 (8:02 am)

    a lovely variation of daal…yummy

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