Turmeric and Green Chili Spinach Dal

Turmeric and Green Chili Spinach Dal

Here’s another favorite dal recipe!

If you have been following me and my blog for some time now, you will know spinach dal is a favorite. I make this very often at home and generally eat it with quinoa, rice, or dosa. Sometimes with toasted bread too, like soup.

Spinach dal is made from fewer ingredients and is mild and simple to make, so it’s an excellent weekday preparation. It has toor dal, spinach, green chilies, turmeric powder, onion, tomato, and a couple of spices.

I make spinach dal two ways – When I am running short of time I usually pressure cook all the ingredients at once and temper it with spices. This method is very easy and the dal tastes delicious. Check out how to make a quick spinach dal in a pressure cooker here. However, when I do have time in hand, I love making spinach dal just like this recipe. It does takes slightly more time and requires involvement but the result is worth all of it!

Hope you try this recipe!

Check out recipe for spinach-dill dal here.

Methi Dal

A protein-rich side dish made with methi leaves, toor dal, onion, tomato, tamarind, and garlic and seasoned with spices.
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Dal Palak, Fenugreek Dal, Methi Dal
Servings: 4 people


Pressure Cooking

  • 1 ½ cup toor dal
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 medium bunches methi leaves (with or without stem) thoroughly washed and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves ponded or minced
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • half of a small lime-sized tamarind
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder or as per taste
  • salt to taste


  • 2-3 tbsp peanut oil or any cooking oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seed
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves


  • Add all the ingredients under the pressure cooking section into a pressure cooker.
    Pressure cook on medium heat for 6-7 whistles or until all the ingredients have been well-cooked.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally. Gently mash the dal and keep it aside.
  • Seasoning: Heat oil in a cooking pot on medium heat.
  • Add mustard seeds, and cumin seeds and allow them to pop and sizzle. Then add curry leaves, and allow them to splutter.
  • Pour the seasoning over dal and stir to mix.
  • Serve healthy and delicious methi dal with rice, quinoa, or millet, or enjoy it by itself like a soup.

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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