Chana Dal-Palak Curry/ Split Bengal Gram-Spinach Curry


Chana dal palak curry is a classic combination when we talk about our main course dal dishes. Most of the time we cook both ingredients separately to make yummy dishes but when we combine them to cook together, a yummy chana dal-palak curry comes out with magical flavors


This dish is very common in our household, especially in North India. A Sindhi delicacy Sai Bhaji is very similar to this dal palak version. The difference is that they add some more veggies with palak.
For this chana dal-palak dish, both the ingredients are cooked together to perfection and a flavourful tampering or tadka of onion, tomatoes, some aromatics, and our favorite powdered spices are added to the cooked dal


•  Chana dal /split Bengal gram(soaked for 2 hrs)  – 1 cup/150 gms
•  Washed and Finely chopped Spinach /palak – 2 cups/300 gms
•  Water – 4 -5 cups(quantity of water depends of what consistency you want) 
•  Salt – 2 tsp/to taste
•  Turmeric /haldi powder – 1 tsp


•  Ghee or oil – 2 tbsp
•  Finely chopped onions – 2 tbsp
•  Finely chopped tomatoes – 2 tbsp
•  Finely chopped ginger, garlic, and green chilies – 1 tsp each
•  Cumin seeds/jeera – 1 tsp
•  Asofotida/heeng powder – 1 tsp
•  Carom/ajwain seeds – 1 tsp
•  Red chilly powder, coriander powder, and garam masala powder – 1 tsp each



1-  Take a pressure cooker and add chopped spinach, chana dal, water, salt, and haldi powder. Cover the lid and cook for 10 minutes or 5-6 whistles come

2 – Switch off the gas and let the cooker cool down completely
3 – Open the lid and mix dal palak with the help of a ladle so that this is incorporated well. Keep it aside and prepare for tadka/ tempering.

–  Heat ghee in a tadka pan and add chopped onions, ginger, garlic, and green chilies. Cook for a while

2-  Add jeera, heeng, and Ajwain and allow them to crackle

3-  Add coriander powder, red chilly powder, and half of the garam masala(half the quantity of garam masala will be added to the finished dal palak)

4-  Stir for a while and add chopped tomatoes. Cook tomatoes until they get soft. Mash them with the back of the ladle

5-  pour this flavourful tadka over the prepared chana dal palak dish. Mix tadka and remaining garam masala well into the dal-palak to incorporate everything

7-  Serve yummy chana dal palak dish with roti or rice


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