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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Boiled Bengal Gram and Spinach in stir fried Tomatoes / Palak Chana Dal

Palak Chana Dal or Boiled Spinach and Bengal gram in stir fried tomatoes is an extremely healthy recipe. The taste is good and a nice variation to dals. Spinach makes this healthier and children will also prefer it over simple dal. I specially love this when it is made by Mom in Law. I learnt this from her. So here I am sharing the recipe for this easy dal....


Spinach - 500 gms
Bengal Gram / Chana Dal - 100 gm
Tomatoes-  4 chopped
Onion - 1 small chopped coarsely 
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tbs
Green Chillies - 2 chopped
Garlic - 3 cloves chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tbs
Red Chilly powder - 1/2 tbs
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tbs
Salt to taste
Asafoetida - 1 small pinch


Soak bengal gram for 30 minutes. Then drain water.

Chop spinach leaves. Pressure cook spinach leaves, bengal gram in 2 cups water. Add 1/2 tbs turmeric powder and 1/2 tbs salt. Give it 3 whistles or cook for 12 minutes.

In a pan, heat 4tbs of oil. Once hot add cumin seeds, chopped garlic, green chillies and saute for 2 minutes.
Now add chopped onion, saute till it tuns translucent. Now add chopped tomatoes. Add 1/4 tbs salt. Cook for 7 minutes. 

Add 1/2 tbs coriander powder, 1/2 tbs red chilly powder, a pinch of asafoetida powder (optional).

At the end add boiled spinach and grams in the tomatoes mixture. Saute and let it cook for 5 minutes or till it becomes thick ( extra water evaporates ). 
Palak chana dal is ready. Serve with light chapatis or layered parathas.
 Hope you liked it .....


  1. This looks so tasty!! I want to try soon....

  2. Hi Amy,

    Welcome to Kitchenmania.. Thanks for your comments dear. Do try and post the pics too..