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.

Turmeric and Green Chili Spinach Dal

Spinach sauteed with garlic, green chilies, turmeric powder, onion, tomato, spices, and cooked with toor dal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Dal Palak, Palak Soppina Saaru, Spinach Dal
Servings: 4 people


Pressure Cooking

  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 2 cups water


  • 1 box of baby spinach finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp peanut oil or any cooking oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seed
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch of hing
  • 2-3 dried red chili split into halves
  • 2 garlic cloves ponded or minced
  • 3-4 green chilies or to taste slit
  • 1 medium red onion finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • water
  • salt to taste
  • Lemon


  • Add toor dal and water into a pressure cooker and cook until dal is soft. (4-5 whistles)
    Allow the pressure to release naturally. Mash dal and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a cooking pot on medium heat.
    Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and allow them to pop and sizzle. Then add split red chilies, hing and minced garlic. Saute until garlic turns light brown and aromatic.
  • Add slit green chilies, sauté for a couple of seconds and add chopped onion. Sauté onion until they turn translucent, then add chopped tomatoes, sprinkle some salt over them, cover and cook them on low heat until soft and mushy.
  • Add turmeric powder and sauté for a few seconds on low heat.
    Add chopped spinach, Stir fry for a couple of minutes on medium heat until spinach soft and cooked.
  • Pour mashed dal into the cooking pot, add water to adjust consistency if necessary and bring dal to a boil.
    Taste for salt and adjust if necessary.
  • Simmer spinach dal for 2-3 minutes until thick and frothy. Turn off heat and drizzle juice of half a lemon. Serve healthy and delicious dal with rice, bread, quinoa or drink it like 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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