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Favorite Indian Lentils and Spinach (Dal Palak)

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Known as dal palak in India, this much-loved everyday meal involves cooking lentils very simply with a little turmeric and spinach, then giving them a big flavor boost with a tarka — an infusion of spices and ghee (clarified butter). It's Indian comfort food at its best. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Prerna Singh.


  • 1 cup red lentils (split, masoor dal)
  • 5 oz. baby spinach leaves
  • 1 qt. water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp. ghee (clarified butter, or use regular unsalted butter)
  • 1/8 tsp. asafetida (optional, buy at Indian markets and online)
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 3 whole dried chilies (preferably Kashmiri)
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Garam Masala
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (optional)
  • basmati rice (steamed, for serving, optional)
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    NutritionView More

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    Calories310Calories from Fat80
    Total Fat9g14%
    Saturated Fat0g0%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat80
    Total Carbohydrate44g15%
    Dietary Fiber17g68%
    Vitamin A80%
    Vitamin C25%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Yummly User a month ago
    very watery but tasty
    Yummly User 2 months ago
    Came out pretty tasty
    Yummly User 3 months ago
    followed Jasmine reccommendation to add curry spice and paprika. İt turns out great.
    Yummly User 3 months ago
    it was okay. i will not be making again. it turned out pretty bland and has to add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes for flavor. i’d reccomend maybe adding curry power or a spice
    Yummly User 6 months ago
    It turned out well but I did amend the ingredients slightly to my taste.
    Yummly User 7 months ago
    i think it tasted good, definitely going to minimize the garlic next time but overall it was good!
    Yummly User a year ago
    Excellent! Certainly has some kick. Love how simple the ingredients are.
    Yummly User a year ago
    It was awesome . Absolutely lip smacking.
    Yummly User a year ago
    This is so yummy! I subbed the asafetida for 1/8 tsp each onion & garlic powder. I cooked the lentils with 2 of the chilis. Only used 3c of veggie broth and it was perfect! Simmered for 30 min before I started the second part.
    Yummly User a year ago
    Absolutely delicious. I did not get to use the asafetida or the chilis. I also used unsalted chicken stock instead of water. The recipe turned out great still... will make again and hopefully with all the ingredients.
    Yummly User a year ago
    This was so good!! Yum yum yum! I couldn’t find Kashmiri chilis so I used some cayenne powder.
    Yummly User a year ago
    Loved it! Very fragrant and great over rice. I doubled the spice recipe to add half to precooked chicken. Was delicious!
    Yummly User a year ago
    It was fine, but still needs some creaminess
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Looks a little bit soupy - will it work with say 3 cups water instead of 4 cups?
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Super easy and absolutely delicious. Will definitely make again.
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    This was delicious and very simple to make. I actually added some diced, spiced boneless chicken this time and served it over basmati rice. With or without the chicken, it's really good!
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    * My husband and I are fans of Indian cuisine. This recipe caught my attention and I gave it a go - Delicious! Definitely going to make this again. * I followed the recipe, only that I did half red - half brown lentils (I personally enjoy this mix versus using full quantity of red lentils in a dish), as well as * used chilli powder (3/4 tsp) and cumin powder (1 tsp) instead of the dry chillies and cumin seeds.
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    i used a jalapeno and being from NM i left the seeds. when it was done i put it in the blender. nice and spicy and great on basmati.
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    I loved it! I made it without chillies and it was still super tasty!
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Simple and tasty. I omitted asfetida and cilantro, as I wasn’t able to find the first and don’t like the latter.
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Super good! It’s easy and delicious
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Very good and super easy! One twist that worked out well- I sautéed a thinly sliced onion in evoo and added it to the dal before making the tarka.
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Great - I added carrots and potatoes too - so yummy
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    This is so, so good! The ghee really does make a difference. I couldn't find the asafetida locally, but am looking forward to trying it in the recipe the next time I make it.
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Looks great, and really delicious.
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Delicious flavors, and very easy and healthy. I ordered the asefetida and Kashmiri chiles online and it was fun to try them. Full disclosure: I’m a Yummly employee.