Palak Chana Dal

For week 4 of BM #41, I chose to post a few Iron-rich recipes which are kid friendly. Today's post is an everyday kind of a dal which is very healthy and comforting as well.

In a casual conversation with my friend, Pooja, I came to know that they make most of the dals with Chana Dal wherein, we South Indians use Toor Dal in many of the dals. So I followed her recipe except the onion which we don't like in dals.

It was a delightful scene at home where the kids and the adults were slurping the dal and racing to finish off their share!! It is very rare for us to use ginger-garlic in the everyday dal but this dal was an exception in all ways!!

Recipe Source - Pooja 
Ingredients - 

Chana Dal 1/2 cup
Spinach/Palak, chopped 2 cups
Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Green Chillies as needed
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Ajwain / Vaamu a pinch (Optional)
Onion (Optional)
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Cumin seeds 1 tsp, Asafoetida 2 pinches, Tomato chopped 1/2 cup)

Palak Chana Dal

Method Of Preparation -

Pressure cook chana dal, chopped spinach, green chilies, ginger-garlic paste, salt, turmeric and onions if using. Make sure that the dal is cooked well. (Typically 2-3 whistles in a pressure cooker would do the trick).

After the pressure is released, mix well and set aside.

In a small pan, heat oil and add cumin and asafoetida. Saute tomatoes until they become mushy. 

Pour in the seasoning onto the spinach-dal mixture and mix well. Use a stick blender to pulse a couple times if needed.

Serve it hot with steaming hot rice and a dollop ghee. My kids love this comforting dal very much!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 41.

Sending it to  Radhika's MLLA #73Susan’s blog and Lisa’s blog 

Also sending this dal to Srivalli's Kid's Delight - Iron-rich Recipes hosted by Kalyani this month.

Preparation Time 25 min
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, June 24, 2014


  1. Suja Ram Says:
  2. Healthy and easy recipe for taking our everyday dose of greens.

  3. Such a healthy and delicious recipe...perfect with rice or roti.

  4. Sarita Says:
  5. Palak chanadal nice combo.. I haven't tried, will try soon..

  6. This recipe is just like the Sindhi could even use the tomatoes along with the rest of the ingredients and pressure cook..and finally temper with garlic and cumin..and yes try using onion too wont feel it..but yet will make a difference to the taste.

  7. Srivalli Says:
  8. Dal with greens are so healthy..lovely presentation...

  9. Priya Suresh Says:
  10. Love this delicious palak dal with rice,healthy.

  11. healthy recipe

  12. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  13. Healthy palak dal, love it with rotis.

  14. This dal does look similar to the dals we make in South India. We also use onion and garlic but not ginger. Looks good and am not surprised everyone finished off their share!

  15. Pavani Says:
  16. That is one comforting dal, great with rice or roti. So yummy.

  17. love the flavors in this dal as this is what we put in dal the way we make in caribbean, onion, garlic, ginger, chile and cumin and we always make with channa dal - I know this must be so delicious

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