Dal Palak

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This dal palak is a quick and easy recipe for the weeknight. Loaded with spinach for a nutritious curry featuring beloved Indian spices like cumin and turmeric.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
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Jan 23, 2022 (Last updated Mar 23, 2022) by Hannah Sunderani

Dal Palak

Hi friends! I’m delighted to be sharing this dal palak recipe with you today! This recipe is quick and easy. It’s the perfect weeknight recipe!

Plus, it’s vegan, gluten-free and so nutritious. This dal palak recipe is flavoured with traditional Indian spices like cumin, black mustard seeds, ginger and turmeric.

I love making this dal palak recipe to switch it up from my traditional Dal Recipe because it’s loaded with spinach for some extra nutrition. It’s also a great switch up from my Cauliflower Chickpea Curry which is good when you have a little more prep time.

This dal palak recipe takes under 30 minutes to make, and just 10 ingredients. It’s so easy peasy. You can make it on your stovetop or in the Instant Pot.

So, let me tell you exactly how to make this Dal Palak recipe so that you can enjoy it pronto!

dal palak recipe

Dal Palak Recipe

This recipe is:

  • Quick and easy
  • full of flavour
  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • loaded with spinach
  • ready in under 30 minutes
  • just 10 ingredients
  • perfect weeknight recipe
  • made mostly with pantry ingredients
Dal palak recipe

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Dal Palak
  2. How to make Dal Palak
  3. Make Dal Palak in Instant Pot
  4. Other Recipes you might like
  5. Pin it for later

What is Dal Palak?

Dal palak is an Indian curry using red lentils (dal) and spinach. Combining Indian spices for a delicious and nutrition curry recipe.

Personally, I love this curry dish because it’s protein packed. Similar to my Vegan Butter Chicken, but this time using lentils for protein. This recipe is also loaded with spinach, making it an easy way to get in those greens while enjoying the delicious taste of a beloved dal curry.

This recipe was inspired by Bon Appetit. After trying their version and loving it, I really wanted to make a simple and fully vegan version for the blog.

How to make Dal Palak

It’s so easy to make this recipe! Anyone can do it, which is why I have given it my newbie cook stamp of approval.

To make this recipe we will begin by toasting the mustard and cumin seeds in coconut oil until they begin to sizzle. Then add the onion, garlic and other spices. Cook until softened.

Pour in the cooked red lentils and finish with spinach and lime. Let the spinach wilt for 1 to 2 minutes and stir it all in to combine.

Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.

See, I told you it was easy! Check out the full recipe below with printable version.

Make Dal Palak in Instant Pot

You can also make this recipe in an Instant Pot!

To do so, we will start by cooking the red lentils. Add 1 cup of red lentils to the instant pot with 2 1/2 cups of water. Pressure cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then switch the pressure release toggle to let out the steam. Transfer the cooked lentils to a bowl for later.

(Here’s a great article from minimalist baker on making Instant Pot red lentils.)

Next, turn the setting to “Sauté” and add the coconut oil, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Cook until they begin to sizzle (just a few seconds). Then add the onion and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the remaining spices.

Pour the cooked red lentils back in the instant pot and finish with the spinach and lime. Let the spinach wilt for 1-2 minutes.

As you can see, it’s also very easy to make this recipe in the Instant Pot! Check out the full recipe below with printable version.

dal palak recipe

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So there we have it! A delicious and easy weeknight recipe for Dal Palak. It’s vegan, gluten-free and healthy. The recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes with 10 ingredients. Plus, it’s loaded with spinach for a nutritious, protein-packed meal. Pretty perfect, right?

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do. If you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have.

And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.

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Dal Palak

This dal palak is a quick and easy recipe for the weeknight. Loaded with spinach for a nutritious curry featuring beloved Indian spices like cumin and turmeric.
dal palak recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 yellow onion (small), finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 4 tsp lime juice
  • pinch chili flakes
  • cooked basmati rice or naan bread for serving

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan add the lentils and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Skim the foam off the surface with a spoon, until it stops foaming (about 2 minutes). Cover the pot with the lid slightly ajar and cook until the lentils are tender, 15-20 minutes.
  • In a large deep skillet, add the coconut oil and bring to medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds and toast for a few seconds until the mustard seeds start to sizzle and pop.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook stirring frequently until onion turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Then add the salt, ginger and turmeric and stir to combine.
  • Pour in the cooked lentils and reduce to low heat. Stir to combine. Then add the spinach and lime juice. Cover the skillet with a lid and let the spinach wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Then stir into the mixture. Sprinkle with chili flakes to taste. Serve dal alongside cooked basmati rice or naan bread.

To make Dal Palak in the Instant Pot

  • Add the lentils to the instant pot with 2 1/2 cups of water. Pressure cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then switch the pressure release toggle to let out the steam. Transfer the cooked lentils to a bowl for later.
  • Turn the setting “Sauté” and add the coconut oil, mustard and cumin seeds. Cook until they begin to sizzle (just a few seconds). Then add the onion and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the salt, ginger and turmeric. Stir to combine.
  • Pour in the cooked lentils. Then add the spinach and lime juice. Turn the setting to "keep warm." Cover with the lid and let the spinach wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Then stir into the mixture. Sprinkle with chili flakes to taste. Serve dal alongside cooked basmati rice or naan bread.

Notes

Recipe will keep for up to 3 days. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. 
Recipe inspired by Bon Appetit.

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Nutrition

Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3350IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. Thank you for this delicious recipe . I made it to night … I am in Buenos Aires where my daughter and grandaughter live..

  2. Thanks for the links. I’m in Costa Rica where my daughter lives and some ingredients are a bit difficult to find. We adapt 🙂 . Love your recipes . THe ones I have tried always turn out well.

  3. Just made this recipe in the hotpot and served it with rice. I could not find cumin and mustard seeds where I am at the moment so used cumin powder. I also doubled the recipe hoping here would be leftover for tonight… very little left. My 2 year old grandson also enjoyed it. Thanks for an easy and quickly done nutritious recipe!

    • Oh I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed this recipe Christine! We absolutely LOVE it too! Great idea using the cumin powder as well. I’ve updated the ingredients to include links on where to source cumin seeds and mustard seeds if you are interested!