Palak Dal (Spinach Dal)
Spinach dal is an easy one pot, healthy comfort food. Dal means lentils so this is a hearty lentil soup packed with iron rich spinach. This has an Instant Pot, stovetop and pressure cooker methods.
Instant Pot or
Pressure cooker or
Plain old pot!
split pigeon peas, tuvar dal, can substitute masoor dal
chopped (keep pieces bigger if you want to take out before serving)
cumin seeds (jeera)
red chili powder
dhana jeeru powder (coriander seed powder and cumin seed powder)
Sold as a mix. If you don't have mix can use: 3/4 tbsp coriander seed powder, 1/4 tbsp cumin seed powder
Instant Pot Method
Wash lentils and prep/chop veggies (spinach, onion, garlic, ginger and green chilies).
Add oil to pot. Put Instant Pot in SAUTE mode. Once oil is hot, add in cumin seeds. Once begin to sizzle, add hing (asafoetida) then onions. Cook for 1 minute, stirring onions.
Next, add in green chilies, ginger and garlic. Add in that order as garlic burns quickest. Stir and cook for about 1 minute.
Add in crushed tomatoes and spices (red chili powder, salt, turmeric, cumin/coriander powder, garam masala and sugar). Mix.
Add in dal (washed lentils)
Add water. Dal should have about 2 inches of water above it. Cancel SAUTE mode. Turn on PRESSURE COOK mode and cook for 5 minutes and do quick release.
Add chopped spinach and stir thoroughly
Dal palak (spinach dal is ready to eat!)
Stovetop (using pot)
Heat oil in pan. Add in cumin seeds. Once they sizzle add in asofoetida then onions. Cook 1 minute, stirring. Add in green chilies, ginger and garlic in that order. Cook 1 minute stirring again.
Add in crushed tomatoes and spices. Mix.
Add in washed lentils and water. Bring to boil. After it reaches boiling point, cook on medium- high for 20 minutes until lentils are cooked.
Put on low. Add in chopped spinach and mix. Cover and turn off heat. Spinach dal is ready.
Pressure Cooker (stovetop)
Follow same instructions except use pressure cooker.
After adding in dal and water close pressure cooker.
Cook until 2 whistles. Then let cooker cool down and pressure is released. Spinach dal is ready.
Note: Total cook times reflected in recipe card are for Instant Pot recipe
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