Dal Palak / Spinach Dal – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Dal Palak Spinach Dal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Spinach Dal or as it is popularly called in India – Dal Palak.  This is a comforting lentil soup with spinach mixed in it for extra nutrition.  Making this in the pressure cooker is a snap.  Enjoy it with basmati rice or as a soup.  This is a Vegan & gluten-free recipe.

I love this lentil soup as it packs the nutrition of lentils and spinach in a single bowl.  I used split pigeon peas or Toor dal, which packs 20gms of protein in 1 cup of cooked dal.  Spinach provides a variety of vitamins and minerals.  Give this dal a try and I am sure you will make it again…and again!

Preparing Spinach Dal in Pressure Cooker

I used Toor dal or Split pigeon peas for this recipe.  You can vary the lentils you use – masoor dal or red lentils or a combination of these.

Start with heating ghee or oil in the instant pot insert and add the tempering ingredients – cumin seeds, ginger, garlic and green chilies.  I usually use homemade ghee when making dal, but for a vegan variation use any plant based oil.

Then add the tomatoes and spices.  Then the washed lentils.  Now we are ready to pressure cook for 3 minutes at high pressure.

I add spinach after the lentils are cooked.  Lentils take longer to cook and I don’t like my spinach overcooked, so I add it after cooking the lentils.

When the pressure cooking is done, open the instant pot lid and add the chopped spinach and garam masala.  Stir well and let it simmer until the lentils comes to a boil, about 2 minutes.  At this time, the spinach would have mixed well with the lentils.

Dal Palak Spinach Dal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Dal Palak Spinach Dal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Dal Palak Spinach Dal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Dal Palak Spinach Dal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

You can add some lemon juice for a tangy taste.  Enjoy the Spinach Dal with rice or just as a soup.  I had this spinach dal with rice and then leftovers the next day as a soup.

Dal Palak Spinach Dal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Try this Spinach Dal and let me know how it turned out.  Leave a comment below.

If you like this recipe, you might like other lentil recipes – Mango Dal,  Dal Makhani, Green Moong Dal or Dal Tadka.

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Dal Palak Spinach Dal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Instant Pot Spinach Dal / Dal Palak
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A comforting lentil dish with added spinach made in the Pressure Cooker.  Enjoy with rice or as a soup. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 153 kcal
  1. Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and heat oil in it. Add cumin seeds, green chili, ginger and garlic. 

  2. Saute for 30 seconds until garlic turns golden brown, then add chopped tomato and spices. 

  3. Add the lentils and water. Stir well. Press CANCEL and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position. 

  4. Press MANUAL or Pressure Cook mode for 3 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, do a quick pressure release. 

  5. Open the lid and add chopped spinach and garam masala.   Press SAUTE mode. Simmer for 2 minutes until the dal starts boiling and spinach is mixed with the lentils.

  6. Spinach dal is ready to be served.  

Recipe Notes
  • You can use only toor dal or only masoor or equal quantities of both.  If using another dal, the cooking time may vary. 
  • Vegan variation:  Use oil when tempering in step 1. 


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Spinach Dal / Dal Palak
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.3g 7%
Saturated Fat 2.4g 12%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 606mg 25%
Potassium 283mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 10%
Sugars 3g
Protein 7.5g 15%
Vitamin A 68%
Vitamin C 68%
Calcium 4%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator. 


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12 thoughts on “Dal Palak / Spinach Dal – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

  1. Just want to confirm that the pressure cook time for toor daal is 3 minutes? Seems a little too low… Are you pre-soaking the toor dal?

    1. Yes, toor dal cooks very quickly. For this spinach dal, I do 3 minutes of pressure cooking and then simmer for couple of minutes with the spinach.

  2. Hello Meeta,

    I tried this recipe yesterday. I did 6 minutes of high pressure and NPR (your sambar recipe worked great for me, so I wanted to stay close to that). Everything else I followed exactly. It came out great! Thank you:)

    1. Hey Priya – Happy to hear you enjoyed the Dal Palak. Thank you so much for sharing back your review…it is very helpful!

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