Green Leafy Dal with Spinach and Dill

Green Leafy Dal with Spinach and Dill

This green leafy dal made with spinach and dill is so delicious and comforting that you’d want to eat it often. Not only is it a feel good dal, but it’s super easy to prepare at home even on your busy days. Simply pressure cook toor dal, spinach, dill, onion, tomato, green chili (Thai chili), garlic, and tamarind with a pinch of turmeric powder into a semi-thick gravy consistency and season it spices and herbs!

Spinach and dill dal tastes best with white rice or white quinoa, topped with a tablespoon of ghee for extra flavor. Or you could even drink it as a soup – perfect for chilly winters!

I hope you try this easy (lazy) dal recipe!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 3-4 Servings


For pressure cooking:
One bunch of spinach, cleaned & roughly chopped
Half bunch of dill, cleaned & roughly chopped
1 cup or 150g of toor dal, rinsed
2 cups or 300ml of water
3-4 cloves of garlic
6-8 green chilies (or to taste)
1 small onion, diced
1 tomato, diced
1 small lime sized tamarind pulp
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste

For seasoning/tadka:
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1/4 teaspoon of mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon of cumin seeds
2 dried red chilies, split into halves
A pinch of Hing
one sprig of curry leaves, one sprig


  1. Add all the ingredients mentioned for pressure cooking into a pressure cooker and cook until 6-7 whistles or until all the ingredients are soft and well-cooked. Turn off heat and allow the pressure of the cooker to release naturally.
  2. Mash cooked ingredients well, adjust salt to taste and consistency (if necessary), and combine well. Then cook for 2 minutes on medium heat and turn off.
  1. Heat oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds, and allow them to pop and sizzle. Add Hing, curry leaves, and dried red chilies. Turn off heat and pour the hot seasoning into the dal and give it a good mix.
  2. Serve healthy and delicious green leafy dal made with spinach and dill along with rice, quinoa, millets, or dosa. Enjoy!

Let me know if you tried this recipe by tagging a picture of your preparation on my Instagram @swaadista and using #swaadistarecipes.

Happy cooking, happy eating!

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