Palak Dal – Spinach Lentil Soup

Palak Dal - Spinach Lentil Soup

I have used lentils in many of my recipes as they are one of the main protein source in a vegetarian diet. Palak dal or Spinach Lentil Soup is a popular version of lentil soup as it provides a way to add spinach/greens to your diet. Why spinach (palak)? It is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Combination of spinach and lentils make palak dal both rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals such as iron.

Palak dal is also very easy to cook and takes only a few minutes to set-up in an instant pot. You can also have this as soup, in case you are on a low carb diet or just craving for some hot warm soup. I have used moong lentils over here, but you can use any other lentil like toor dal, arhar dal, masoor dal and chana dal. You may also mix lentils, as you desire. It always tastes great with the right seasoning. Cooking time may vary depending on the lentil. Below are some guidelines to set IP time for various unsoaked lentils, on high pressure with natural release (NR).

  • Split Green gram (Moong dal) – 0 minute
  • Red Lentil (Masoor) – 0 minute
  • Split Red gram (Toor dal) – 6 min (only 4 minutes for soaked lentils)
  • Bengal gram (Chana dal) – 5 minutes

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Ingredients

Method

  1. Start the instant pot on SAUTE mode and heat oil in it.
  2. Add asafoetida, cumin seeds, green chili and ginger.
  3. Saute for 30 seconds then add diced onion.
  4. Saute until onions are translucent.
  5. Now add tomatoes and saute until soft and mushy.
  6. Add all the spices except garam masala and lemon juice, mix them and add lentils.
  7. Wash the lentils before adding.
  8. Press CANCEL and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position.
  9. Press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK mode for 0 minutes. pressure release naturally(NR)
  10. When float valves pops down, open the lid and add chopped spinach.
  11. Press SAUTE mode again, let it simmer for approximately 2 minutes or until the dal starts boiling and spinach is mixed with the lentils.
  12. Now switch off the IP, add garam masala and lemon juice.
  13. Spinach dal is ready to be served.
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Palak Dal - Spinach Lentil Soup
Palak Dal - Spinach Lentil Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Natural Release
30 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

A very simple and health recipe packed with plant based protiens, iron, vitamins and minerals from two main ingredients lentil and spinach.  

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dal, lentil
Servings: 4
Calories: 283 kcal
Author: Rupali Agarwal
Ingredients
  • 225 gm Green gram lentils 1 cup de-husked/yellow mung dal
  • 150 gm Spinach chopped Palak: 3 cups
  • 300 gm Tomato 2 medium diced
  • 200 gm Onion 1 medium diced
  • 10 gm Ginger ½ inch minced/grated
  • 2 gm Green chilies 2-3 adjust as per your spice level, chopped
  • 1 tbs Lemon juice
Spices
Instructions
  1. Start the instant pot on SAUTE mode and heat oil in it.
  2. Add asafetida, cumin seeds, green chili and ginger.
  3. Saute for 30 seconds then add diced onion.
  4. Saute until onions are translucent.
  5. Now add tomatoes and saute until soft and mushy.
  6. Add all the spices except garam masal and lemon juice, mix them and add lentils.
  7. Wash the lentils before adding.
  8. Press CANCEL and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position.
  9. Press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK mode for 0 minutes.
  10.  pressure release naturaly(NR)

  11. When float valves pops down, open the lid and add chopped spinach. Press SAUTE mode again, let it simmer for approximately 2 minutes or until the dal starts boiling and spinach is mixed with the lentils.

  12. Now switch off the IP, add garam masala and lemon juice.

  13. Spinach dal is ready to be served.

Nutrition Facts
Palak Dal - Spinach Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 339mg 14%
Potassium 1050mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 20g 80%
Sugars 5g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 85.8%
Vitamin C 37.6%
Calcium 9.8%
Iron 35.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Spinach dal in a popular version of lentil soup as it provides a way to add spinach to your diet. Spinach is a great source, vitamins and minerals. Combination or spinach and lentils makes spinach dal both rich in proteins and other vitamins / minerals such as iron.

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