Since childhood I have been eating this version of dal or varan….Palkache varan or Spinach dal.Still I remember the way my mother used to prepare it.This recipe was always my favourite and this version is the same my mother use to make.

This dal has all flavours like sweet,spicy and tangy because of tamrind pulp(चिंचेचा कोळ) or kokum(आमसूल)(you can add any one as per your choice).

The spinach added makes this dal more healthy and nutritious.The one’s who hate eating spinach can really try this version of dal for sure.

Also I have added the finely grinded coconut paste which gives more flavour to this dal.This spinach dal goes nice with chapati and rice….

So lets start with this delicious and healthy version of dal….



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SPINACH DAL | PALAKACHE VARAN |DAL PALAK RECIPE | पालकाचे वरण | MEET THE TASTE



course : main
cuisine : maharashtrian
prep : 10 minutes
cook : 20 minutes
total : 30 minutes
servings : 4
author : suchita pradeep satpute



INGREDIENTS :

  • ¾ cup toor dal/pigeon peas/तूरडाळ
  • ½ bunch of fresh spinach leaves/अर्धी पालकाची जुडी
  • 5-6 green chillies/हिरव्या मिरच्या
  • 7-8 cloves of garlic/लसून पाकळ्या
  • ¼ cup sliced dry coconut/खोबऱ्याचे काप
  • 1 tbsp tamrind pulp/चिंचेचा कोळ (or 3-4 dry kokum/आमसूल-पाण्यात १०-१५ मिनिटे भिजवलेले आमसूल)
  • ½ tsp grated jaggery/गुळ
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/हळद
  • ¼ tsp hing/हिंग
  • ½ tsp cumin/jeera/जिरे
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds/मोहरी
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves/चिरलेली कोथिंबीर
  • Curry leaves/कडीपत्ता
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required
  • Oil or Ghee for cooking



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METHOD :

  • Wash the toor dal with 2-3 waters.
  • Also wash the palak nicely with water.
  • Now add the washed palak to the dal bowl.
  • Add required amount of water required to cook the dal.
  • Pressure cook both dal and palak in a pressure cooker to 3-4 whistles or till dal gets nicely cooked.
  • Meanwhile in a mixer grinder jar add the green chillies,garlic cloves,sliced dry coconut pieces and jeera.
  • Grind them to a fine paste.Add a little amount of water if required.
  • Now remove the dal and spinach from the cooker.
  • Mash both of them properly.And keep aside.
  • In a pan or kadhai add cooking oil or ghee as per choice.
  • Temper it with hing,mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add the above grinded chilli-garlic-coconut paste to the tempering.
  • Add turmeric to the mix.
  • Saute nicely.
  • Once sauted add the dal-spinach mix to it.
  • Now add salt,tamrind pulp and jaggery to it.
  • Give everything a nice mix.
  • Add required amount of water.
  • Keep proper consistency as we keep for our regular dal.Dont make it too flowy.
  • Now add chopped coriander leaves to it.
  • Let it cook for next 10 minutes or till it comes to a nice boil.
  • Your Dal-Palak or Spinach Dal is ready.
  • Serve it hot with desi ghee poured over it with Chapati or Rice.



STEP BY STEP METHOD OF PREPARING SPINACH DAL | PALAKACHE VARAN |DAL PALAK RECIPE | पालकाचे वरण | MEET THE TASTE



  • Wash the toor dal with 2-3 waters.
  • Also wash the palak nicely with water.
  • Now add the washed palak to the dal bowl.

  • Add required amount of water required to cook the dal.
  • Pressure cook both dal and palak in a pressure cooker to 3-4 whistles or till dal gets nicely cooked.

  • Meanwhile in a mixer grinder jar add the green chillies,garlic cloves,sliced dry coconut pieces and jeera.

  • Grind them to a fine paste.Add a little amount of water if required.

  • Now remove the dal and spinach from the cooker.

  • Mash both of them properly.And keep aside.

  • In a pan or kadhai add cooking oil or ghee as per choice.
  • Temper it with hing,mustard seeds and curry leaves.

  • Add the above grinded chilli-garlic-coconut paste to the tempering.
  • Add turmeric to the mix.

  • Saute nicely.
  • Once sauted add the dal-spinach mix to it.

  • Now add salt,tamrind pulp and jaggery to it.

  • Give everything a nice mix.

  • Add required amount of water.
  • Keep proper consistency as we keep for our regular dal.Dont make it too flowy.

  • Now add chopped coriander leaves to it.

  • Let it cook for next 10 minutes or till it comes to a nice boil.

  • Your Dal-Palak or Spinach Dal is ready.

  • Serve it hot with desi ghee poured over it with Chapati or Rice.



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https://youtu.be/KcAFeksBGV8



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