Lentils with Spinach served in a yellow bowl
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Pressure Cooker Spinach Dal / Dal Palak Recipe

A comforting lentil dish with added spinach made in the Pressure Cooker.  Enjoy with rice or as a soup. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: indian dhal with spinach, palak dal recipe
Diet: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Servings: 4
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Meeta Arora

Ingredients

Spices

Instructions

Instant Pot Method

  • Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and heat oil in it. Add cumin seeds, green chili, ginger and garlic. 
  • Saute for 30 seconds until garlic turns golden brown, then add chopped tomato and spices. 
  • Add the lentils and water. Stir well. Press CANCEL and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position. 
  • Press MANUAL or Pressure Cook mode for 3 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, do a quick pressure release. 
  • 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.
  • Spinach dal is ready to be served.  

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method

  • Heat oil in the pressure cooker on medium-high flame. Add cumin seeds, green chili, ginger and garlic.
  • Saute for 30 seconds until garlic turns golden brown, then add chopped tomato and spices. 
  • Add the lentils and water. Stir well.
  • Cover the lid, turn the heat on high flame and pressure cook it until your hear two whistles. Turn off heat and let the pressure release naturally. 
  • Open the lid and add chopped spinach and garam masala. 
  • Turn stove on and simmer for 2 minutes until the dal starts boiling and spinach is mixed with the lentils.
  • Spinach dal is ready to be served.  

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

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 4.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3400IU | Vitamin C: 56.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.8mg