Thursday, July 12, 2012

Masoor Palak - Lentils curry with Spinach

Masoor Palak is a traditional dish that my mom & granny make on regular basis. What I like about it is, its delicious & at the same time fully packed with nutrition. Masoor is brown-skinned lentils which are orange inside. They are high & inexpensive source of proteins like any other member of lentil family. Spinach (Palak)  on the other hand is well known for its antioxidants properties & as rich source of Iron & other vitamins. So together Masoor Palak forms a very nutritious & healthy meal. 

1 cup of whole Masoor
1 bunch of spinach leaves finely chopped (remove the stem use leaves only)
1 medium size onion finely chopped
2 medium size tomatoes finely chopped
2 garlic cloves pressed/crushed (or chopped finely)
1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera
pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1-2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

Masala : 
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp dry mango powder (amchur)
1/4 tsp garam masala (optional)

Soak the masoor (lentils) overnight & then cook (either in pressure cooker or open vessel) in 4 cups of water & some salt till done & soft. Drain & keep aside any excess water you have after masoor is cooked & use it later to adjust the curry consistency. 
  • Heat oil in vessel & once hot add the cumin seeds, when they splutter add garlic. Saute till you start getting the garlic aroma (approximately after a min). Then add the onions , asafoetida & saute again. 
  • Once the onions are translucent, add tomatoes & cook with lid on for 5 mins or till tomatoes turn soft.
  • Once the tomatoes are soft add all the ingredients listed under Masala & saute till the are well combined. 
  • Add Spinach, salt & cook for 5 mins or till spinach is cooked.
  • Add the boiled masoor (lentils) & mix well. Add water (if required) to adjust the curry consistency. Simmer on low heat for about 5 mins. 
  • That's its, our nutritious Masoor Palak is ready. 

This Lentils curry with Spinach can be served with Roti/Chapati/Indian bread/Rice, but I also relish this curry on its own like soup.  Try it!!
Happy Cooking!!


  1. Hi Shwetha,

    masoor palak looks YUMMY !!!

    Neat presentation:))

    Keep on Dear:))

  2. Interesting combination and curry looks so creamy and yummy

  3. I am a big fan of this combination. Nothing can beat this with some butter naan. Well prepared

  4. whole masoor with palak looks perfect.. mouthwatering

  5. Healthy and perfect gravy...

  6. lovely combo...healthy n yummy!

  7. healthy and perfect... great for rotis

  8. Perfectly made, neat documentation dear. Nice clicks too.

  9. Great post, and that dal looks so very yummy. I like how your dal is cooked with some very simple ingredients. Great blog!

    1. Thanks Minnie for such wonderful words :) Do try it & let me know if you liked it

  10. wow.. very tempting.. nice clicks..

  11. very healthy n delicious dal curry...lovely pictorials n well explained too!!
    First pic looks too tempting...great work!!
    Thanks a lot for sending it to HITS series!
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  12. Delicious and healthy dal curry. Love this combo.

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  13. Healthy n yummy dal curry, looks so tempting.

  14. Combination of masur dal & palak is always tasty. You have strike the right cord.Great.

  15. Omg, wat an incredible dish, drooling here.

  16. Thanks All for such lovely comments :)


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