Palak Daal/Red Lentils with Spinach

There are few things which will never run out in my kitchen pantry: butter, milk, eggs and lentils. Daal, as it’s called in India, is prepared with dried lentils and it is a very important part of Indian cuisine. It’s a ready source of protein for a balanced diet. We eat dried lentils very frequently. There are a zillion ways you can prepare them, make them spicy, tangy, with vegetables or plain. You can even stuff them in flat bread and make a nice deep-fried snack or an appetizer.

Initially, I was in the mood to prepare the stuff lentil dish which I just mentioned, but then it would definitely require more than 5 ingredients and I have to stick to my challenge theme 🙂 I bet the spices in the rack are waiting for the challenge to get over 😛 So, getting back to my Recipe no.3 for the The 10 with 5 Challenge, I prepared Spinach with Lentils and I used red lentils (Masoor daal). That’s the lentil I like the most as it boils easily, you don’t have to soak it before-hand, you can mix it with any thing you want and every time you can get a new taste out of it. I like it with plain white rice and some pickle on side, but it also goes well with bread or even as a soup.

I am also sharing this recipe with Full Plate Thursday

Recipe # 3 for ‘ The 10 with 5 Challenge’


  • 2 cup red lentils
  • Few handful of fresh baby spinach
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbs turmeric
  • 2 tbs garam masala powder
  • salt and pepper
  • oil


Boil the lentil with some salt until they are soft and looks like a thick stew

In a separate pan, heat 2 tbs oil

Add the finely chopped garlic

After about a minute, add the garam masala powder and turmeric

Next add the spinach and it should take about 2 minutes to soften them

Last add the boiled lentils

Add some pepper, check for salt and if required, add more

Cook for about a minute and you are ready to serve it hot!

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Tahemeem says:

love the beautiful color of innocent dal.. very healthy and yummy 🙂

Priya says:

Thick spinach dal makes me hungry..

Priyanka says:

Love it sis…..I was waiting for ur Daal recipes….U know I m a huge fan for ur daals 🙂

I’ve never paired my lentil with spinach – that’s such a great idea because I love both, lentils and spinach. 🙂
Where I come from we also adore our lentils – there are so many different ways to prepare and the result is always yummy!

This looks delicious. I understand staples. I’m Filipino and jasmine rice is ALWAYS stocked.

Krithi says:

Wow.. simple, creamy and earthy dhal..

Anu says:

Nice picture.. I love Palak Dal..

Aipi says:

Hearty, healthy n this dal !!

US Masala

Manju says:

I think I will never run out of lentils either as I easily have about 10 varieties of them :)and dal is always the go-to weekday dish! Love adding palak to it and recently have improvised with other greens like chard, kale etc and they all turned out pretty good. I like that you dal recipe has such few ingredients and simple steps 🙂

Miz Helen says:

I am having a bowl of your beautiful Paak Daal/Red Lentils with Spinach, it just looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for bringing it to us at Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and please come back!

Priyanka says:

Hi…..Please visit my blog an award is waiting for you ….. 🙂

Thanks for visiting my site today! Im so excited you did- as now Im looking through yours! Wow!! Im getting the impression that you and I share a similar likeness for foods.. as I’m seeing some Indian Flavors (which are my absolute favorite!!)
This recipe is speaking to me- my husband and I are lentil fanatics.
OH.. and by the way you should def. share this recipe at my next Seasonal Sunday Event- which happens on Sunday (Its a weekly thing) And it of course is meant to show off recipes that contain Seasonal Ingredients (which is another thing Im VERY passionate about)
Thanks again for connecting 🙂
xo, Brittany

Hi Kankana, I just made a daal too!- the cookbook tells me it’s called Parippu- it’s a red lentil and coconut base with a lovely tarka of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and onions.

Mary says:

This really looks healthy and delicious. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love Daal and have made a few variations so far, but not quite like this.