Punjabi Dal Palak is smoky spicy and super healthy dal recipe. Also known as spinach dal the dal palak recipe is easy way to include healthy in everyday meals. Served with Rice or Chapati it makes a healthy and delicious meal.
Dals or lentil soups as they are known in western world are essential items in most of the Indian cuisine. Though method of preparing (mostly tempting is different) in different regions of India but its there in some form or other.
In punjabi homes our dinners are hardly considered complete without that essential bowl of dal tadka (Punjabi Dal recipes) I have changed the dinner habit of Dal to lunch mostly because dal takes little longer to digest. The common wisdom says that dinner should be a light meal so I try to keep it that way as far as possible.
This Punjabi Dal palak recipe is usually made with moong dal (split moong dal) and palak (spinach). Most Punjabi dal recipes involve tadka of onion tomato and ginger garam masala etc., but tadka for this Punjabi moong dal palak is slightly different and very simple. Also, I like to add a slight variation in terms of dal used. I add a very small portion of toor dal/split region peas and chana dal/gram dal in the recipe which enhances the taste considerably.
Instant Pot Spinach Dal
Usually, in Indian households, the dal palak/spinach dal is made in a pressure cooker but you can make dal palak in the Instant pot as well. I am adding instant pot spinach dal recipe in recipe note section be sure to read it if you want to make dal in an Instant Pot.
Nutrition in Spinach dal or Dal Palak
Since it is made with lentils and vegetables that make it quite healthy meal option. Dal palak is gluten-free naturally and low GI recipe and suitable for diabetics. So next time you are up for something delicious and healthy look up for dal palak recipe. You enjoy it as a soup or with chapati or rice for a wholesome hearty meal.
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Meal Prep for the Dal Palak
You can wash dal and clean and chop spinach and tomato, grated ginger previous night and keep it in the fridge. This will even reduce the cooking time since dals will be nicely soaked till morning and it will be better in term of flavor. Next day all you have to do is pressure cook takes two minutes to take it out of the refrigerator and place it on the heat.
The tadka for dal palak is easy and takes another 2 minutes. SO effective time in the morning is 4-5 minutes only. If you want to try other Dal recipes you can try this Punjabi whole moong dal, Dhuli Moong dal yellow, Langar wali Mah chane ki Dal, Arhar ki dal , whole masoor dal and healthier Dal makhani.
How to Freeze Dal Palak
Dals are an extremely freezer friendly meal. Dal palak can be frozen as it is. Make sure to use a glass container which is freezer friendly and microwave friendly. While serving you can just take it out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator for few hours and reheat as usual. Only thing dal will taste better and creamier this way.
You can freeze dal palak for up to 6-8 weeks in the freezer so make sure to mark the date of storage. If you are making a batch specifically for freezing you can cook it till 75% done and then now need to thaw that and just microwave the container and you have with yourself an incredibly delicious and healthy meal within no time.
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