Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Urad dal Palak and award avalanche

Urad dal palak. As the name indicates, it is a lentil curry that is prepared using split black lentils and spinach. I stumbled on this humble and fuss free recipe in  Ruchi Mehta's Punjabi Khana. I have always used moong or masoor dal to make currys. But when I saw that this recipe used Urad dal, I could not resist trying out this out. The result was a simple yet creamy delectable dal that goes great with either rice or rotis.

Urad dal Palak recipe
Preparation time: 15mins
Cooking time: 15min
Serves- 4

Urad dal or split black gram- 1 cup
Spinach- 1 large bunch, washed and chopped
Onion- 1 large, chopped fine
Tomatoes- 2, chopped fine
Ginger- Garlic paste- 1tsp
Green chilli- 1 slit
Cumin seeds or Jeera- 1tsp
Red chilli powder- 1/2tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Garam masala- 1/4tsp
Kasoori methi- 1/2tsp
Sugar- 1/2tsp
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
Oil or ghee- 1tbsp
Coriander to Garnish- 1tbsp
Butter- 1 tbsp (optional)


  • Wash and pressure cook the dal along with the chopped spinach for 4-5 whistles till done.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a wok and add the cumin seeds
  • Once they turn brown, add the onion and fry till transparent.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and the slit green chilli and saute till the raw smell goes
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for a min.
  • Add the turmeric powder, Coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt and sugar and fry for 2 more min
  • stir in the cooked dal and spinach mixture and mix well.
  • Add about half cup of water, kasoori methi and garam masala to the dal and simmer on a low flame for 5min.
  • Take off the heat. Garnish with coriander leaves and butter and serve hot with rice or rotis.
This recipe is my contribution to Aipi and Priya's Tuesday Book marked recipe event

Today, I woke to the fact that I have become a little too  lazy  or buzy in accepting the awards that has been so lovingly passed over to me by my loving blogger friends. I would want to accept all of these awards today and share with all of my well deserving blogging friends.

Anu shantanu of Bhalo Khabo has passed on not 1 not 2 but seven awards to me. If have not visited her blog as yet, then you must for some authentic bengali recipes

Shobha of food mazaa passed on this cool trophy

And  last but not the least, I have been conferred the "Lovely blog award" by tahemeem and Priya and "the stylish blog award by Priya. Thanks a lot guys!!! 


  1. Wow yummy curry..perfect with rice and roti

  2. I love urad ki daal..I use splid urad 4 dis..lovely hearty dal

  3. Very healthy side dish! So nice and awesome!

  4. That's one healthy and tasty daal...would be perfect accompaniment with hot parathas. Congrats for your awards.

  5. Urad dal palak looks amazing. Great preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. THick dal looks super inviting and delicious...prefect side dish for rotis..

  7. you wouldn't believe i was thinking how do I use my de-skinned urad dhal this ia saviour! looks fab!! thanks for stopping by my blog and for ur words of appreciation!

  8. I like the avalanche analogy :) Congrats dear on your well deserved awards :) And the dal seems extremely flavorful with all those wonderful ingredients going into it!

  9. Yum! I m drooling.Never added spinach to urad dal.Sounds a good idea.

  10. One of the few things I can make (and can eat with few side effects) is dal. I love it! I've never had this type though so thank you for sharing this recipe. Adding spinach is a brilliant idea!

  11. very healthy curry.palak and urad dal.

  12. Now that is something new which I need to bookmark- sounds like a delightful combo!
    Thanks a lot for linking to bookmarked event :)
    US Masala

  13. yummy recipe and sensational clicks. Cograts on the awards.

  14. u totally deserve all these awards .. such a fantastic space you have! That daal looks very tasty with all the spice combination you used.

  15. Never tried the urad dal palak..Looks soo delicious...i bet that is a perfect side dish with Roti's

  16. Nice and unique combo! Never tried this way! Yummy!

  17. 7 times congrats for all the lovely awards. you most certainly deserve it. it is the greatest mother's day gift any daughter can give.
    love you ,


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