Dal Palak Recipe

Arhar Dal and Palak are two very popular food stuffs found across India. There are various methods of cooking Dal Palak. In this dal palak recipe, which I got from my mother, I am showing Maharashtrian style Dal Palak. I have used Dry Coconut and Dry Kokum as 2 key ingredients. They give an authentic Maharashtrian taste to this Dal Palak recipe.

Arhar Dal or Toor Dal is a rich source of Dietary fibre as well as nutrients like Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K & Vitamin E among others. Arhar or Toor Dal is a very good source of Dietary fibre, Manganese and Folate along with being a good source of Protein & Copper.

Dal Palak Recipe, Indian Veg Recipe
Recipe Type: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Shradha
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Serves: 2-3
  • Arhar Dal / Toor dal = 1 1/2 cup Cooked
  • Palak/Spinach = 8-10 leaves (chopped)
  • Pani / Water = 1 1/2 cup
  • Moongphali/ Whole Peanuts = 15-20
  • Tel / Oil = 2 tbsp
  • Lehsun-Sukha Nariyal / Garlic cloves-Dry coconut = 2 cloves and 7-8 pieces of dry coconut crushed in a mortar pestle
  • Rai / Mustard seeds = 1/4th tsp
  • Jeera /Cumin seeds = 14/th tsp
  • Lal Mirch powder / Red chilli powder =1/2 tsp
  • Jeera powder/ Cumin powder= 14/tsp
  • Dhaniya powder / Coriander powder= 1/4th tsp
  • Haldi powder / Turmeric powder = 14/th tsp
  • Gud / Jaggery = 30-40 gms
  • Dry Kokum pieces = 3-4
  • Hing / Asafoetida = a pinch
  • Namak / Salt = 3/4th tsp or as per taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan/ vok . You can also use ghee instead of oil. Keep the gas flame low.
  2. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let them splutter
  3. Add crushed garlic and dry coconut mixture and saute for a few seconds till the colour of garlic & coconut starts turning brown.
  4. Add all the spices and saute for a few seconds.
  5. Add Spinach and Peanuts and saute for 5-10 seconds.
  6. Add cooked Dal and Water and mix well.
  7. Add salt and continue to stir. Now you can increase the gas flame to medium.
  8. Once the Dal Palak comes to boil, cook for around 5 minutes. Don’t keep the lid while cooking or else the Palak will lose it’s dark green colour. Check the consistency of the Dal Palak and add more water if required.
  9. Add Kokum & Jaggery and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Put off the gas flame.

Simple, Delicious & Nutritious Dal Palak is ready! If you used oil for cooking, add a spoonful of ghee to every serving of Dal Palak for added taste. J You can serve it with rice, chapattis or phulkas.

You can also check out our other main course recipes like Gujarati Kadhi, Aloo Gobi and Moong Dal Khichdi. Do share your feedback with us in the comments section below. It will help us get better 🙂

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