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Spinach Dal Curry (Version 2)

I love spinach dal a lot and want to have it in different styles. This version of spinach dal is mother-in-law’s recipe. This time when I went to India she made this and I loved it. Without any masalas, I love this simple version of dal spinach.

Preparation Time : 30 min
No of Servings : 3
Spice level : 2 out of 5


  • Spinach – 1 bunch
  • Toor dal – 1/3 cup
  • Coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly – 1
  • Onion – 3 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 1 tbsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook toor dal for 3 whistles by adding the turmeric powder and asafoetida.
  2. Wash the spinach well, wash them and boil with very little water till they become soft.
  3. Now add the pressure cooked toor dal along with the salt and allow it to boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Grind the coconut and green chillies to a fine paste and add it to the boiling mixture.
  5. Boil it for 10 minutes till the raw flavour of green chilly goes.
  6. For seasoning add the mustard seeds, red chilly and the onion.
  7. Fry till the onions become translucent and add the seasoning to the spinach.
  8. Serve hot with rice.


  1. I often add spinach to the dal…so healthy and delicious.

  2. this one looks fabulous too!

  3. This is my fav!!! Can I have some with hot rice! 😀

  4. Healthy spinach dal,looks comforting.

  5. Happy Makarsankranti….my fav. looks super delicious and yummy.

  6. lovely–my idea of comfort food with phulkas or hot steaming rice !

  7. Hi Arthi,The spinach Dal is looking great….as Ur here in USA I just wanted to know what kind of spinach? You ve used…I am here only for few months and I don’t have any idea about what spinach to get..Can you help me with that??..

    • I generally buy baby spinach which you get even in walmart.

      • You can also try the same recipe with any greens that you get in Indian store or Asian market.

    • Thank you so much Arthi…Ur site has helped me alot.I have really learned many things from Ur cooking..thanks once again

    • can you also help me with where to get the mutton liver?

      • Sorry for the delayed can get it in any asian or Indian store. Already got it?? 🙂

  8. Pasangala!! U guys rock! Every single dish you guys have posted here is simply amazing!

    As I am still stuck in my bachelor life, I am compelled to cook on my own and without this website (& another 1 which I do not want to mention here) the posibility would only have been a distant dream.

    Spoke to Nithu a couple of days back & like I told her, my sincere thanks to all three of you guys..being a non veg, I follow Shriya’s recipes more, but that doesn’t stop me from giving credit to all 3 of you!!

    Once again you guys rock!

  9. & Arthi, tried this dish thrice and it came out really well every time, a little bit of ghee to it makes it is so delicious. 🙂 Thanks!

  10. Thank you everyone for your encouraging comments !!