November 01, 2012

Palak dal recipe - Coconut based spinach toor dal recipe

Palak dal recipe - This spinach toor dal curry is just a coconut based curry which you can enjoy with rice or roti. It can be either spicy or bland and you can add any vegetable of your choice.The combination of spinach, toor dal and coconut is too nutritious for all. This healthy curry makes a balanced diet in combination with rice and roti. Palak or spinach is one of the most popular leafy vegetables which is used to make soup, palak paneer, palak paratha, poori, palak rice and palak chole or simple palak onion stir fry. I make this curry often. So, sharing the recipe of palak dal with you all.

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Palak Dal Recipe - Spinach Curry Recipe
Prep time : 15 mins
Cook time : 20 mins
Total time : 35 mins
Recipe type : Main-Gravy
Cuisine : Indian
Yield : Serves 8
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 1 cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1/2 bunch spinach / palak
  • 4 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 3-4 green chiles, chopped
  • 1" ginger
  • 1/2  tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp  fenugreek seeds / methi
  • A generous pinch of asafoetida / hing
  • 4 - 5 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. Pinch off the stems of spinach and wash them thoroughly under running water.
  2. Chop the spinach, tomatoes and ginger and set aside. 
  3. Clean and wash the toor dal. Add 2 cups of water. Add the spinach, tomatoes, turmeric powder and ginger along with 3 cups of water. Take 3-4 whistles.
  4. In the meantime, grind together the grated fresh  coconut, cumin seeds and green chilies into a smooth paste.
  5. Heat oil in a pan, add  a generous pinch of asafoetida and saute for a while. Add the cooked dal mixture, ground masala paste and salt. Mix well. Bring it to boil.
  6. Boil and simmer till you get the desired consistency. Remove the pan from flame. 
  7. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, add fenugreek seeds  and curry leaves.
  8. Pour this seasoning over the palak dal. Mix well. Remove from the flame. 
  9. Serve hot with rice and roti.


  1. yummylicious.. perfect with rice or dosa..

  2. This is a new dish for me. It looks very healthy and I will give it a try.

  3. yummy n healthy...

  4. Healthy combo,comfort food

  5. Just prepared this yesterday and it was awesome!

  6. Delicious curry, extremely inviting.

  7. Healthy dish looks yummy!!!
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  8. Yummy & healthy.. delicious curry :)
    Happy to follow you !!

  9. Love palak and this looks delicious!


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