Palak and Channa Dal



  • Half cup of bengal gram dal
  • One bunch of  palak leaves
  • One medium sized onion (finely chopped)
  • One tomato (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp daniya powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • One tsp olive oil
  • Salt as required


  1. Remove the palak leaves from the stalk and wash thoroughly and chop into fine leaves.
  2. In a pan, cook palak leaves with enough salt and water.
  3. After it gets cooked, smash it with masher and keep it aside.
  4. Soak bengal gram dhal for half an hour and cook the dal with enough salt and water  in a pressure cooker till it becomes soft.
  5. In a frying pan, put one tsp olive oil.
  6. Add cumin seeds  and let it splutter.
  7. Add chopped onion  and fry till it becomes soft.
  8. Add ginger garlic and green chilli paste and fry till the raw smell disappears.
  9. Add chopped tomatoes and fry till it gets cooked.
  10. Add turmeric powder,  daniya powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt ( if needed) and fry for a while.
  11. Add the cooked palak leaves and cooked bengal gram dal.
  12. Boil till all the masala gets completely mixed with dal and palak mixture.
  13. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or Basmati rice.

2 Responses to Palak and Channa Dal

  1. Mrs.Vasantha says:

    Dear Saradha,

    I tasted the palak chenna dhal which is very delidious and may help to to reduce the blood sugar level. Thanking you for your recipes. you can makeout a booklet of your recipes soasto enable those who cannot access to website. you can write in tamil also.

    Thanking you,

    Vasantha Ranipet

  2. Sharadha says:

    Hi Vasantha Akka,

    Delighted to receive your compliment and suggestion. I will work on bringing out a booklet both in tamil and English soon.Thanks a lot.


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