Daal with Spinach

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Fragrant with spices and aromatics, daal will be a favourite in your house.


  • 2 tbs sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 long green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbs ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala (Indian spice mix)
  • 400g yellow split peas, rinsed, soaked in water for 1 hour, drained
  • 800g can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups (750ml) vegetable stock or water
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 100g baby spinach leaves


  1. Rice, mango chutney and naan, to serve Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring, until softened. Add garlic and ginger, and cook for a further minute. Stir in spices, then cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  2. Add peas, stock, tomatoes, sugar and 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 1-1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until peas are tender and dahl is thick and rich.
  3. Stir through baby spinach, then serve with rice and accompaniments.



Recipe Comments

  1. posted by cynthia on Feb 7, 2013

    i looove it!

  2. posted by maskills24 on Feb 10, 2013

    I am going to an Indian restaurant, I don’t know what to get. I don’t like spicy food. I am going with boyfriend so we need to pick two items from the list.

    Butter Chicken
    Chicken Tikka Masala
    Lamb Hot Pot
    Boneless lamb prepared with a sauce of mild spices, ginger, garlic & worcestershire sauce
    Lamb Saffron Curry
    Lamb Vindaloo
    Veal Korma
    Veal Shakuti
    Palak Paneer (vegetarian)
    Creamy baby spinach sautéed and braised with home made Indian cottage cheese
    Chana Masala (vegetarian)
    Curried chick peas prepared with garlic and onions
    Daal Makhani (vegetarian)
    A velvety smooth combination of whole black lentils, spices and butter

  3. posted by veemodz on Feb 12, 2013

    I’ve been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 3 weeks now, and it’s so far so good. I was asking a vegetarian friend if she had any suggestions for my new found diet, she gave me some tips but also told me she is going back to eating some meat due to lack of protein (she has been a vegetarian for 3-4 years)….

    I don’t want to have the same fate as her, is it humanely possible for me to not get a protein deficiency?

    Here is a typical daily diet for me (bear in mind I”m trying to lose weight so if it seems a little low in calories thats why)…

    Breakfast: 6 oz nonfat plain yogurt, 1 pack of plain oatmeal and 3 tbsp’s of raw honey all mixed together.

    Midmorning snack: 2 tbsp’s of peanut butter

    Lunch: 4 oz of whole grain pasta with tomato juice as a substitute sauce b/c its lighter with a salad (no dressing cuz I hate dressing) with romain lettuce, spinach, 1 whole tomato, and some raw baby carrots, and 1 veggie burger pattie.

    Afternoon snack: piece of fruit

    Dinner: Grilled cheese sandwhich (I use cooking spray intsead of butter) 2 slices of whole grain bread with 3 slices of fat free american cheese (I checked the label no hidden animals), with either a cup of lentil soup OR a serving of vegetarian baked beans.

    Evening snack: piece of fruit

    I also have 6 eggs a week. It’s not the exact same every day, but this is pretty typical for me. Am I lacking anything? If yes, what do you suggest?

    *CORRECTION* For the midmorning snack, that is 1 tbsp of reduced fat peanut butter, sorry for the confusion!
    Serious answers only please, sarcastic ones will be reported as abuse.
    And for the dinner, the grilled cheese sandwhich consists of 3 slices of fat free cheese and 2 slices whole grain bread, not in addition to, thanks!

  4. posted by Con Orpe on Mar 16, 2013


    I don’t see see any Palak Paneer….

  5. posted by happyha31 on Mar 18, 2013

    I am trying to figure out what I need to do different for my weight to keep decreasing. This is how my weight fluctuated for the past week:

    Wed 158.2
    Thurs 157.2
    Fri 157.6
    Sat 157.4
    Sun 158.6
    Mon 158.6
    Tue 158
    Today 156.8

    I want to keep losing and not gaining. My goal is to be 140 pounds by 1/2013. Can you suggest some ways I can keep losing?

    My usual diet (eat 1200 calories per day):
    Mid morning snack: Apple
    Breakfast: Peanut butter and whole grains 100% whole wheat jelly sandwich with one cup of tea
    Snack: Protein shake
    Lunch: Original oatmeal with one cup of tea
    Snack: Carrots
    Dinner: Chapatis (tortillas) with sabji (vegetables) or daal (soup)

    My exercise (burn 700 calories per day at gym 5 days a week):
    30 minutes on rowing machine (roller)
    30 minutes on elliptical
    30 minutes on treadmill
    I am a vegetarian female who is 37 years old and 5’3″ in height.

  6. posted by Balla on Mar 19, 2013

    I have split ends and i know i need to get them trimmed, but im hesitating about it because i finally got my hair the length i want it! My hair doesn’t grow that fast but i know the sooner i get them cut the better off i’ll be. So how long will it take my hair to grow back to my original lenght and do you have any tips on how to make it grow faster?

  7. posted by turg143 on Mar 22, 2013

    I have red lentils and yellow split peas.

  8. posted by airdogspace2 on Mar 25, 2013

    I bought the soup in a bag. Its called Bob’s Red Mill Vegi soup. It consist mostly of green and yellow split peas, barley, and lentils.

    Here is a picture of it: http://www.bobsredmill.com/vegi-soup-mix.html
    I already cut up some carrots and put them in it. What else can I add to it to give it a little more flavor? What spices and herbs can I throw in?
    I tested it while its cooking. Its been cooking for about 1.5 hours now. It seems kind of bland right now. I really need something to kick it up.

  9. posted by Mark M on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m going for one tonight; almost always get lamb/chicken tikka massala, pilau rice and a peshwari naan. I love saag aloo too. I feel like experimenting… what do you recommend?! (Nothing too spicy please!)

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