Feb 062017

Palak Chana Dal is a healthy, delicious and filling Indian dal made with spinach and lentils. Spinach dal is something I feel good eating because I know it’s good for me. Just ladle a helping of Palak Dal over hot cooked rice, with a generous drizzle of desi ghee. Unbelievably good!

Palak Chana Dal Recipe

Palak Chana Dal

Palak Chana Dal can be prepared in two ways – one, just boil the chana dal (split Bengal gram), prepare a tadka with chopped onions, tomatoes, spinach and spices, and then mix in the cooked dal. Or, boil the dal with chopped spinach, onions, green chillies, tomatoes and spices and then add it to a tadka of mustard, cumin seeds, dry chillies, hing, curry leaves, ginger and garlic.

Whichever way you prepare it, this comforting vegan protein-rich, high-fiber, low-cholesterol palak chana dal is bound to become a firm favourite.  

Palak Chana Dal Recipe:

Palak Dal Recipe

Palak pappu (dal) is a healthy vegetarian dal that tastes great. The Andhra dal recipe is wholesome, yummy and full of traditional Indian flavours. I love adding leafy greens to my diet and dal palak is my favourite comfort food.

This spinach dal recipe is just right for these last few chilly days of winter. Thick and filling with warm flavours, the spinach lentils dish pairs perfectly with steamed rice or garlic naan.

How to make Andhra palak chana dal pappu:

To make Andhra palakura (spinach) pappu, wash and soak chana dal for 15 minutes. Rinse well.

Split Bengal gram for palak chana dal recipe

Pressure cook the lentils with turmeric and 1 ½ cups water for 8 whistles or till it’s cooked. Once the pressure releases, mix in 1/2 tsp salt and keep aside.

Cook lentils for spinach dal recipe

Wash and finely chop spinach, onion and tomato. Slit the green chilli and grate the ginger.

Spinach dal recipe ingredients

Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Put in cumin and mustard seeds. Once they start to pop, add the asafoetida, curry leaves and dry red chilli. Sauté for 10 seconds.

Spinach and lentils dal tempering

Add the chopped onions and green chilli. Fry till the onions turn light brown. Add the chopped ginger and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes.

Fry onions for chana dal with spinach tadka

Tip in the chopped tomato and cook on low heat till the tomatoes turn soft.

Fry tomato for spinach and chana dal recipe

Add ½ tsp salt and stir well. (You can add a little red chilli powder for extra spiciness).

Spices for palak pappu recipe

Add the chopped spinach and mix well. 

Add chopped spinach to tadka for spinach dal recipe

Cover and cook till the palak wilts. 

Cooked spinach for palakura pappu recipe

Mix in the cooked dal and simmer on a low-medium flame for 5 minutes.

Add cooked lentils to spinach tadka for chana dal palak recipe

If there is excess water, cook the palak chana dal on a high flame for a further 5 minutes for the water to evaporate.

Chana Dal Palak recipe

Remove and serve Andhra Palak Chana Dal with rice and papad.

Andhra Palakura Pappu recipe

If you are looking for more Indian dal recipes, do try out Green Sorrel Dal and Tomato Onion Pappu.

Lentils And Spinach Dal Recipe details below:

Palak Chana Dal Pappu Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Chana dal with palak is an awesome combination. A nutritious dal with lentils and fresh spinach is a great choice for vegetarians looking for meatless dishes. I can eat lentils any time of the year and I love adding greens, such as spinach, fenugreek (methi), or amaranth to the dals I prepare.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Andhra
Servings: 3
Calories: 207 kcal
Author: Shil
Boil together:
  • Chana Dal/Split Bengal Gram– 1/2 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – 1 ½ cups
For tadka:
  • Palak/Spinach – 1 cup packed
  • Onion – 1 small chopped finely
  • Green chilli – 1 slit
  • Tomato – 1 small chopped
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch grated
  • Dry red chilli – 1
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  1. To make Palak Pappu with chana dal, wash chana dal well and soak for 15 mins.
  2. Drain the water; take a pressure cooker and add chana dal, turmeric, and one-and-a-half-cups water. Cook for about 7-8 whistles or until the dal is tender. Keep aside. When it cools down sufficiently, add ½ tsp of salt to the cooked dal and mix well.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Sizzle mustard and cumin seeds.
  4. Then add curry leaves, red chilli and hing. Sauté for a few seconds.
  5. Add the onion and green chilli. Fry till the onions turn translucent.
  6. Put in the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes soften. Add salt to taste.
  7. Add chopped palak and combine all the ingredients well.
  8. Cover and cook till the spinach wilts and all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  9. Remove the lid and stir in the cooked lentils.
  10. Simmer the spinach dal for about 5 minutes on low-medium flame, allowing all the flavours to mingle.
  11. Remove and serve Palakura Pappu hot with white rice or roti.

Recipe contributed by M Komatineni

Palak Chana Dal With Lentils And Spinach | Andhra Palakura Pappu
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

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