The Best Moong Dal Palak | Indian Dahl with Spinach


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Moong Dal Palak is a perfectly balanced dish. It contains the nutrients of Moong Dal (Yellow lentils) and goodness of a green leafy vegetable. At the same time, this comfort dish tastes superb. That’s why, it will be a perfect addition to your regular diet.

I have learnt Moong Dal Palak recipe from one of my north Indian friends while I was working in Bengaluru. When I first time prepared this dal, my family loved it. We usually pair up this dal with steamed Basmati rice and Egg Bhurji. Now this Moong Dal Palak has become a regular member of our vegetarian days.


Moong Dal Recipe

Moong dal (Yellow Lentils) is one of the most popular and healthy lentils which is regularly prepared in each house of India. It is one of the most versatile lentils around the world which can easily be adapted to our regular diet. Many delicious Dals, Pakodas, Halwa and hundreds of recipes are cooked with this yellow lentil.

Moong Dal Palak with step by step photos and instructions has been provided in the ‘Instructions’ section of the recipe. But before directly jumping into the recipe, let me share few interesting facts about this dal and the recipe.
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Benefits of Moong dal

  • Moong Dal (Yellow lentils) are full of Vitamins and protein.
  • They are excellent source of antioxidants which is very good for our heart and for diabetic patients. The antioxidants help to get rid of many chronic diseases.
  • They are low in calories and high in fibre which is good for weight loss.
  • The minerals like potassium, magnesium present in the dal helps to control the blood pressure level of body.
  • They are good source of iron and folate which are very helpful to pregnant women.
  • Cooked moong dal is preferred for toddlers and pregnant women for its very easily digestible quality.


Health benefits of Spinach

  • Spinach are low in carb and full of fibre. They are extremely good for our digestive system and helps to get rid of constipation.
  • They are great source of vitamins and minerals. The vitamin C present in spinach makes our skin healthy and glowing.
  • The folic acid present in spinach are extremely beneficial for pregnant women.
  • Any leafy greens like Spinach are very beneficial for our eye site too. The high level of chlorophyll present in Spinach is great for our vision.
  • Its nutrients help to control our blood sugar level, blood pressure level and cholesterol level.


How to make Moong Dal Palak?

In this preparation, first I have washed, and pressure cooked the Moong dal (Yellow Lentils) to boil. For the sake of saving time, I have boiled the dal in pressure cooker. You can also boil the dal directly in Kadai but it will take a bit longer to get cooked.

While cleaning the Spinach, I have discarded the mature stems and have then taken them in a colander. I washed the Spinach thoroughly in running water before chopping them.

If you don’t have fresh Spinach, then you can use frozen Spinach too. It will not affect the taste of the dish. But make sure to defrost them before use. Frozen Spinach takes lesser time to get cooked than fresh Spinach.

I have used only Cumin seeds and Bay leaves for tempering of the dal and have added Cumin powder, Coriander powder and Garam Masala powder for the flavouring of the dish.

After tempering the whole spice, I have fried Onions, Ginger-Garlic paste, Tomatoes and have then added chopped Spinach to get cooked. Then I have added the ground spices and cooked them for some time.

When the Spinach gets fully cooked including all the masalas, I have added the boiled dal into the pan and added some extra water to get the desired consistency of the dal. I have added small amount of Ghee (Clarified Butter) at the end stage of cooking. Ghee (Clarified Butter) not only gives better flavour but also increases the taste of the dal too.

Many Moong Dal recipe has already been shared in my previous posts. You can check few of them like


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Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Moong dal
  • 2 cups Spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1 large Onion, small diced
  • 1 Tomato, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 2 green Chillies
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1-2 Bay leaves
  • ¾ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • ¾ teaspoon Coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, for cooking
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee
  • 3 cups of water to pressure cook
  • Dry Coriander leaves for garnishing


Instructions:
  1. Take the Moong dal in a large bowl and wash it until the water clears and bubbles go away.
  2. Drain away the water and transfer it into a pressure cooker.
  3. Add water and salt.
  4. Stir and check the salt.
  5. Cook it in medium flame for 1-2 whistles.
  6. Once the pressure settles down, take off the lid.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of oil into a pan in high flame.
  8. Once the oil is hot, add Cumin seeds, Bay leaves and let them crackle.
  9. Add the diced Onions and cook it for 2 minutes in medium high flame until it becomes translucent.
  10. Add Ginger-Garlic paste into the pan and cook it for another minute till the raw smell goes away.
  11. Add Tomatoes and cook it in medium flame for 2 minutes.
  12. Cook it in medium flame and stir occasionally.
  13. Add chopped Spinach and green chilli and cook it for 5-6 minutes in low flame.
  14. Cover the pan and stir occasionally.
  15. Add Salt and Turmeric powder and give a nice mix.
  16. Cover the pan and cook it for 2 minutes in low flame.
  17. Add Chilli powder, Coriander powder and Cumin powder into the pan and mix it well.
  18. Cover the pan and let it cook for another minute in low flame.
  19. Transfer the boiled Dal into the pan (Step 6) and mix it well.
  20. Add water according to your preferable consistency and allow it to boil.
  21. Cover the pan and cook it in medium flame.
  22. Sprinkle Garam Masala powder and cook it for another minute.
  23. Add Ghee and switch off the flame.


Serving Instruction
Transfer the Moong Dal Palak into a serving bowl. Serve hot or warm to enjoy the best taste. Pair up the yummy and healthy comfort dish with Rice or Rotis and complete your meal.

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