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INSTANT POT Spinach Dal|Dal Palak
INSTANT POT Spinach Dal|Dal Palak
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dal palak, spinach dal
Servings: 2
Author: bhavana
  • measuring cup used 1 cup = 180ml
  • 1/2 cup Toor dal/ split pigeon peas/lentils
  • 2 cups spinach/palak,chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder adjust to heat preference
  • 1 tsp garam masala/curry powder/sambhar powder
  • 1 tsp salt adjust to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 split green chillies
  • 1 stalk curry leaves (optional for flavor only)
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter or oil, add more according to taste
  • cilantro/coriander leaves for garnish
  • juice of ½ lemon
  1. Wash and rinse the dal,keep aside. Press saute mode on Instant Pot. Add ghee and once it's hot add cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
  2. Add chopped garlic, green chili,curry leaves and saute till the garlic turns golden brown.
  3. Then add chopped tomato and mix. Cook for a minute.
  4. Add turmeric powder,salt,red chili powder and cook the tomato mixture for 1-2 minutes ,till tomato turns soft.
  5. Add chopped spinach and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Now add the rinsed dal ,water,garam masala and give a stir.
  7. Close the lid on the pot, and turn valve from VENTING to SEALING position.
  8. Cancel Saute mode,Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and increase timer to 10 minutes. Once the pot beeps, let it release the pressure naturally(NPR) for 10 minutes (Wait until silver button on lid drops).
  9. Remove lid away from you,add cilantro and lemon juice. Also adjust consistency of the dal at this point.
  10. Spinach dal is ready and serve hot with boiled rice,quinoa.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

1. If you don't have garam masala, Add half teaspoon each of cumin powder and add half teaspoon of coriander powder.
2. If you are in a hurry,Once 10 minutes cooking time is up and you hear a beep, wait few minutes (5-6 minutes) and then release the pressure by yourself ..you would still see same results as above.
3. If your dal is watery,you can turn on the saute mode and cook for another 2-3 minute in the end.
4. You can also use combination of toor dal and masoor dal