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Spinach Dal served in a steel bowl with cilantro and lemon wedges on side
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Pressure Cooker Spinach Dal / Dal Palak Recipe

Instant Pot Spinach Dal|Dal Palak is an easy, healthy one-pot pressure cooker recipe prepared with split pigeon peas lentils, spinach, assorted spices
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword dal palak, healthy, instant pot, instant pot dal, lentil recipes, spinach dal, spinach recipes, under 30 minutes, vegan
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 152kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250ml

  • ½ cup Toor dal/ split pigeon peas/lentils
  • 2 cups spinach (palak) finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • ½ teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 green chilies split lengthwise
  • 1 stalk curry leaves (optional for flavor only)
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder adjust to heat preference
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala/curry powder/sambhar powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro (coriander leaves) for garnish
  • juice of ½ lemon


Instant Pot Method:

  • Wash and rinse the dal, keep aside. Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add oil and once it's hot add cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
  • Add minced garlic, green chilies, curry leaves and saute till the garlic turns golden brown.
  • Then add chopped tomato and mix. Cook for a minute.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and cook the tomato mixture for 1-2 minutes, till tomato turns soft and mushy.
  • Add chopped spinach and cook for another 2 minute.
  • Now add the rinsed dal, water, garam masala and give a stir.
  • Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on High Pressure for 10 minutes.
    Once the pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally (NPR) for 10 minutes.
  • Remove lid away from you, add cilantro and lemon juice. Also adjust consistency of the dal at this point.
  • Spinach dal is ready and serve hot with boiled rice, quinoa.


Tips & Variations:

  1. Don't have garam masala? No worries, replace it with half a teaspoon of cumin powder and coriander powder.
  2. If you are in a hurry, Once 10 minutes of cooking time is up and you hear a beep, wait a few minutes (5-6 minutes) and then release the pressure by yourself. You would still see the same results as above.
  3. If your lentil dal is watery, you can turn on the saute mode in Instant pot and cook for another 2-3 minutes in the end.
  4. You can also use a combination of toor dal and masoor dal.
  5. You can also replace spinach with kale or any greens.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3400IU | Vitamin C: 56.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.8mg