Healthy Palak Moong Dal

Did you know that spinach (palak) is a great source of iron. And moong dal is super rich in protein. Together when combined in a dish these two create a wholesome andnourishing healthy Indian dinner recipe. This healthy palak moong dal can be prepared in just 30 minutes.

How? By cooking it in a pressure cooker. Serve it with warm phulka or enjoy it as a one pot meal. Either way palak moong dal taste totally yummy and delicious.

Lentils are a great source of protein and make an excellent healthy dinner. With the addition of seasonal green vegetables the simple dish is transformed into a power packed healthy dinner recipe idea. This dish easy to digest and perfect for the kids as well. For those who are gluten allergic, this a great healthy Indian dinner recipe.

And you will be surprised to know that no onion, tomato or garlic are added in this. And yet it tastes so good. A simple ghee tempering makes it exquisite.Though moong dal palak can be prepared in different ways but this is a healthy version of the dish. Make sure not to overcook the dal or the spinach leaves as it will kill all the nutrients of the dish.


Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Serves: 4


1 cup yellow moong dal

1 bunch of spinach fine chopped or approximately 2 Cups of spinach (Palak)

1 green chilli

1 tablespoon grated ginger

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon red chilli powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon ghee

A pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

Juice of one lemon

Fresh coriander leaves

Method of cooking:

Soak the green moong dal in enough water in a bowl for 15 minutes and drain.

Pressure cook the dal along with 4 Cups of water, salt, ginger and green chilli.

Cook for 1 – 2 whistle over low heat. Allow the steam to release naturally from the pressure cooker.

Heat ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds and hing. Cook for a second.

Add the chopped spinach and cook till it turns soft.

Pour the cooked dal in the pan and stir to combine nicely. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the spices, taste and adjust the amount of salt.

If the consistency is too thick, add a little bit of more water.

Drizzle lemon juice and garnish with fresh coriander.

Serve healthy palak moong dal warm.


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