Lasooni Dal Palak ~ Garlicky Lentils with Spinach

A priceless culinary treasure of North Indian cuisine. I specially love to prepare it during winter months, lasooni dal palak with hot rotis, a match made in heaven! Though humble-looking, its a pleasure to the palate, creamy, garlicky and finger licking good. Just a handful of common ingredients come together in a fragrant ghee tadka bringing in warm winter flavors.


Lasooni Dal Palak Recipe

Preparation: 10 mts, Cooking: 20 mts

Serves 4 persons

Cuisine: North Indian



1 small cup tur dal/red gram dal/kandi pappu

2 cups chopped and tightly packed palakura/palak/spinach

1 onion, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

2 green chillis, slit lengthwise

3 garlic cloves, finely sliced, saute in ghee till lightly browned and keep aside

1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

big pinch turmeric pwd

salt to taste

1 1/2 cups water, approx

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tbsp ghee

1 In a pressure cooker, add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water and tuvar dal and pressure cook upto 3 whistles. If cooking over stove top, cook till the dal is almost cooked.
2 Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel, add cumin seeds and as they splutter, add garlic and ginger and stir fry for few seconds. Add the chopped onions and saute for 3-4 mts.
3 Add red chilli pwd and turmeric pwd and combine. Add the chopped palak and saute for 4 mts. Add chopped tomato and saute for another 3 mts.
4 Add the pressure cooked dal along with salt and combine. Cook on slow to medium flame for 8-10 mts without lid or till you get the consistency of your choice. Garnish with sauteed garlic slices.
5 Serve with rotis or white rice.

Lasooni Dal Palak ~ Garlicky Lentils with Spinach

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  spinach
  •   palak
  •   tuvar dal
  •   red gram dal
  •   garlic


25 thoughts on “Lasooni Dal Palak ~ Garlicky Lentils with Spinach

  1. Hi Sailu garu,
    Thanks for another yummy & healthy daal. How many tomatoes for this much daal?

    Recipe updated! One tomato will do.

  2. Hi Sailu,

    What a co-incident. Thought of preparing dhal and aloo with phulka for dinner. Dhal – The all time favorite.

    Started my own blog. Need your advice, especially on photos ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Hi,I have been following your blog for the past 2 years. I didnt know cooking before I got married. So your blog was a blessing in disgiuse :D. You have inspired me to take my cooking seriously :). This recipe really looks yum. I am going to try this tomorrow for sure… cya

  4. hi sailu garu
    ur recipes are simple and easy to learn.
    can u please tell me about pathra leaves and any recipe with that?


  5. Lovely clicks Sailaja. I love to add sauteed garlic to tomato dal. Gives a wonderful taste. Will try your version with palak. Looks mouth-watering!

  6. hi sailu gaaru……thank u for ur next recipe which u have posted so early and today…ummmm…paalakura pappu!! when i was young i used to refuse all leafy veggies. so my mom use to make this same dal…and i would eat a lot of pappu with rice. Now, i make same type of dal for my kids too but i dont add tomatoes becos, i heard that adding tomatoes to spinach is not good for our kidneys. is it true? but some people say that, we can get iron from spinach only if there is any vit C …which we can get from tomatoes. i am confused sailu!! And sailu thanks once again. byeee.

  7. Great pic, Grt, simple, comfort food. Thank You, Sailaja for another wonful recipe..nice presentation. I have the same question as that of Rani’s. My husband had an episode of kidney stones and since then palakoora is prohibited at home..and even if I do make aloo palak sometimes, mixing palak and tomatoes is totally out of question. Somebody please break this mystery … Is this true? palakoora and tomatoes cooked together is hazardous??? Thanks in advance.

  8. Looks wow.. Vizag..beach..winter days and hot dal with rotis! truly heaven.
    I was about to write and i guess many already did. My mom keeps telling me from childhood that palak and tomatoes are not supposed to be cooked together..and for additional Vitamin C you just add few drops of lime at the end. I heard its the same case with potlakaya and eggs( though i am a veggie..i heard it somewhere!)too. But after coming to US and having a lot of North Indian frenz i am surprised most of their palak recipes had tomatoes..So i guess it debatable!
    anyways… yummy recipe and a most common one in my kitchen…shall try with ghee tadka this time.

  9. This is a great recipe, tried it a couple of times and now is a family favorite. Thanks for posting these awesome recipes.

  10. Hi Sailu,

    I love your recipes and enjoy preparing them. Just wanted to let you know that this recipe tastes great with moong dal too. I am north indian and we prefer using moong dal at my house.
    Thanks for the wonderful recipes!

  11. Hii Everyone,

    this dal is c’mon in all regions of India but dal differs…in north india many use chana or duli moong dal…but my mom who learnt it from my nani uses masoor duli (pink) dal…and it tastes awesome and in fact we boil palak along with with dal….thought i could share this info with u all…as i have tried dal palak with all different dals, from tuvar dal which is used in south and maharashtra to chana/moong but i must say it comes out really well with masoor for me..thats the best..i hope u all try it too.

  12. your website contains really nice receipes, but i feel you should consider to add videos in your blog. thanks for this lasooni dal palak receipe, my favourite one.

  13. Hi Sailu,
    I tried one small modification. In the final tadka I added chopped ginger and a pinch of chilli powder…it really added to the flavor! You should try it!

  14. Excellent recipe, Sailu! I love garlic tadka in dal so I made this for my hubby and brother-in-law and they loved it so much that they finished the entire kadhai in one sitting! I just love your recipes. Tomorrow, I’m trying your Methi Murgh recipe.

  15. Sailu! I am making a variation of this tonight! I had an idea what I wanted to do but needed to see it in a recipe. And you’ve nailed it! This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

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