Palak Dal, Spinach Lentil Soup



Palak_Dal_Spinach_Lentil_SoupYou can enjoy this hearty, healthy and nutritious Palak Dal, Spinach Lentil soup year around. Yellow Lentils are cooked with baby spinach and then flavored with an array of spices The taste, texture and flavor of this oh-so-comforting soup dal will elevate your taste buds.

And this Palak Dal, Spinach Lentil Soup can be made with Insta Pot or Pressure Cooker in less than 30 minutes. No only that, This is one Vegan, Vegetarian, Protein Rich Soup that you will keep coming back again and again.

My friends and family never let go of a chance to tease me about my love for any variety of dal or lentil soup. They lovingly chide that – Aish is on a “dal diet”.  Fact is, I never diet.  I eat what I like to eat and Dal is one of my favorite comfort food.  I can easily survive on dal. What’s not to love about lentils!! It’s healthy, yummy, nutritious and super easy to make.  They easily absorb flavors from other foods and seasonings. As a result, you can never really run out of ways to make them.




  • 1 cup Lentils (I used, chana dal but any other lentils can be used)
  • 2  cups baby spinach (Palak) finely chopped
  • 2 big tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 to 3 Dried red chilies
  • 4 tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1/2 tsp jeera powder (cumin)
  • 2 to 3 tsp dhaniya powder (coriander)
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala (optional, if want to make more masala rich chana dal)
  • 2/3 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 4 cup water
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash the lentils thoroughly and soak for 30 mins.
  • Boil the lentils with 4 cups of water, chopped spinach, turmeric, salt, chopped tomatoes until the lentils get soft. Takes about one hour without a pressure cooker and about 20 minutes if pressure cooked.

If you using INSTA POT:

  • Place the dal, tomatoes, water, salt, baby spinach, turmeric in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid, set valve to sealing. Press the manual button and then select high pressure and set time to 12 minutes.
  • Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes and then let the pressure release naturally (NPR).
  • Open the lid and give a stir. Press the “keep warm/cancel” button and then press the “saute” button.


  • Heat oil in a large frying pan and put it over medium heat.
  • After a minute add cumin seeds, 1 tsp hing and 2 to 3 dried chilies.
  • Then add the grated ginger and cook for about 3-4 minutes stirring frequently.
  • Add the lentils and spinach mixture to the large frying pan and turn the heat to high, stir it well. When it starts boiling, turn the heat to low, cover the pan and cook further for 8-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle it with garam masala, jeera and dhania powder. Stir well and further cook for 2 mins.


  • Use any lentils you wish to use.  Red or brown lentils are best here because they break down to give that lovely oozy texture.
  • I usually don’t use onion or garlic in my lentil dishes, but I have tasted some great lentil soups made with onion, garlic. So limit yourself while using spices.

 If you are into Lentils, try

Spicy Lentil and Potato Croquettes

Lentil Soup (Dal) with Green Mango

Cauliflower Moong Dal

PIN for Later:Soup, Stew, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dal, Dahl, Baby Sppinach, yellow Lentils


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  1. Dal chawal- any time comfort food. Aish, you are not alone in terms of dal diet. 🙂 – Sreelatha

  2. This is a stunning dal – I’m a huge lentil fanatic, so I know I’m going to love this!

  3. I could go on a dal diet too, Aish! Yesterday I bought beluga lentils, and I’m so excited to try them… Have you prepared beluga lentils? You Palak Dal looks fabulous!

  4. […] Many people think that, vegan food  is boring and tasteless. If you think so, then you must try cooking Indian, Moroccan, and Middle Eastern cuisines which are packed with herbs & spices and they are anything but boring. Just one cup of cooked lentils contains a whopping 18 grams of protein! What else we want, right? And there are so many different types of lentils too. French lentils can take on just about any dressing and get made into all kinds of salads, red lentils are great in soups and stews, yellow lentils and moong dal are amazing in Indian dishes etc. If you want to check out a few of my other Lentil Soup recipes here are the links: Lentil Soup (Dal) with Green Mango and My ever favorite: Palak Dal (Spinach Lentil Soup) […]

  5. omgggg lentil recipe jackpot! I love lentils but have only recently begun eating them. I’m doing a diet where I’m vegetarian monday-friday so I’ve been seeking out ways to dress up beans and lentils into more interesting dishes, and I can’t wait to try this one! Thanks for posting, I’m so excited about this one 🙂

  6. This has great flavors and is soooo healthy. I put a ton of garlic in when I make this. Thanks.

  7. Yay! It’s perfect soup weather right now–I still have a couple bags of lentils left (whew!), so I’m definitely going to need to try this out! It looks delicious!

  8. Omg can we say yum?!?! Tis the season of soups and stews so I will have to give this a try!

  9. My goodness, that sounds like a delicious soup that my husband would love right away as he is obsessed with anything that is bit spicy. The combination is quiet amazing that I wanted to give it a try right away!

  10. My mum is a huge fan of lentils. I need to show this recipe to her. I bet she will love it.

  11. Mmmm I love lentils! I am going to have to try your yummy soup sometime very soon.

  12. Dal is such a great meal. Both filling and delicious! I remember a few years back, I’d make a huge batch of it in my slow cooker and eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Haha 🙂

  13. My daughter is crazy for lentils. I will have to make this for her. She could eat them everyday.

  14. This is a nice recipe! I know lentils are really good for you and this recipe gives me a good excuse to eat more lentils. My friend usually eats lentils and rice. She will love this recipe to change things up.

  15. Oh, this looks simply amazing! I am bookmarking this so that I can make this. I don’t know much about how to cook with lentils but I am trying to get my husband to eat them because they are so good for his health.

  16. I always love dal when I have my rotis, parathas or naans, but I never made my own. This recipe might come in handy when I decide to cook more one day.

  17. These photos are amazing. Did you take them? I absolutely love the DOF and the post processing. The recipe sounds enticing, but you should definitely considering doing food photography tutorial, I’d be the first one to read it!

  18. I’ve been trying to find more ways to cook with lentils lately, so this is perfect! Looks different than my normal!

  19. This looks like a very tasty soup. I like spinach but with all those spices I am interested in how it will taste. Corinder and cumin I have but, I don’t have any tumeric. I would probably skip the chiles.

  20. […] This Tomato Chili Garlic Chutney is not for faint hearted. The taste is very addictive.., you can feel your tongue burning yet you can’t stop reaching for it. It’s tangy and spicy and is the perfect accompaniment to anything actually. Go ahead, slather on a sandwich or burger or serve with cutlets or even top on your eggs (boiled, scrambled or even on omelets). And if you are from India, then all you want is a bowl of piping hot moong dal .., and rice and a couple spoonful of this Tomato-Chili-Garlic Chutney…,Or, you can even opt for some Palak Dal..,  […]

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