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Moong dal Palak ~ Creamy Spinach Dal

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Am back after a well rested, rejuvenating Pongal break. Here in Vizag, we are enjoying the winter months. Pleasant cold weather calls for a comforting dal with hot rotis. I tried a different approach to prepare spinach and yellow moong dal away from the regular fare. I had a cup of coconut milk, left over, after preparing Poha Payasam which I decided to put to use. And it worked out nicely giving the dal a creamy texture and a rich flavor. A hearty bowl of dal with warm winter flavors. Delicious with warm rotis or hot rice.

Moong Dal Palak

Moong Dal Palak Recipe

Preparation: 10 mts, Cooking: 30 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



1 small cup moong dal/split yellow dal/pesara pappu, cooked over stove top till soft

2 cups chopped and tightly packed palakura/palak/spinach

1 onion, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1 tsp coriander pwd

pinch of cumin pwd

big pinch turmeric pwd

pinch of garam masala

salt to taste

1/2 cup thick coconut milk

1 1/2 cups water, approx

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

pinch of hing/asafoetida/inguva

1 tbsp ghee or oil

1 In a pressure cooker, add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water and moong dal and pressure cook upto 2 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 hing and stir fry for few seconds. Add the chopped onions and ginger-green chilli paste and saute for 3-4 mts.
3 Add red chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, coriander pwd and cumin pwd and combine. Add the chopped palak and saute for 5 mts. Add chopped tomato and saute for another 3 mts.
4 Add the pressure cooked dal along with salt and half a cup of water and combine. Add the coconut milk and garam masala and cook on slow to medium flame without lid for 15 mts or till you get the consistency of your choice.
5 Serve with rotis or white rice.

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By • Jan 19th, 2010 • Category: All Recipes, Indian Dal Recipes, Indian Lentil Recipes, Indian Vegan Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes

  • Asha

    Cooler weather in India sounds good to me. I went in June and I suffered a lot without AC which we are so used to here although when growing up in India, we never realized the heat or the discomfort! :D

    Moong dal and Spinach, a perfect combo, I love it too.

  • జ్యోతి

    కొత్తరకం పప్పు చెప్పినందుకు ధాంక్స్ శైలజ. ఎప్పుడూ పాలకూరపప్పు అంటే కందిపప్పు వాడతాను. పసుపు రెంఢుసార్లు ఇచ్చినట్టున్నారు చూడండి..

  • Priti

    Thank You Sailu for another healthy recipe.

  • Subathra

    Hi Sailu..just waiting to try this out. I had been doing spinach (Keerai Koottu) only with Thoor dal. This combination sounds great..

  • kalva

    lovely dal. palak an moong lovely combo

  • Madhuri

    Hi Sailu,
    This is really good…My mom prepares with toor dal but with moong dal its really good….

  • http://www.peppermill-miri.blogspot.,com Miri

    I just posted this dal a few weeks back – one of my favourites – the creaminess is amazing, and without adding anything!

  • Maninas

    Thank you for another lovely dhal! I’ll definitely try this one.

  • ramya

    sailu garu,
    thank you for lovely dhal.

  • Renu

    Hi Sailu – This sounds like a great combination. Never tried Palak with Moong dal. Will be a good variation from the usual toor daal.


  • pr117

    Hi Sailu garu,
    Excellent recipe. using coconut milk is new variation and a new twist to moong &palak dal. Taste is entirely different from our usual dals (pappukuras). Thanks for introducing all of us to new tastes.

  • Radhika Vasanth

    Looks delicious, adding coconut milk is a nice twist to this dhal recipe…

  • DS

    This recipe is a keeper. Tried it and it came out awesome. Very earthy and wholesome flavors. Well received at home.

  • Tbtripathi

    Can you add fresh cream instead of coconut milk? Just a little bit?

  • Reddypasham83

    coconut milk is a good option but mixing tomato with spinach is supposedly not a good idea right.As there is a chance of kidney stones formation right

  • Susan Lisson

    Looks delicious. I always have baby spinach on hand for meals/salads so will try it with this. Thankyou for sharing. :)