Spinach Dhal

    50 mins

    This is my own adaptation of an Indian recipe, Palak Dhal. It is simple, but surprisingly tasty. Serve this for a healthy vegan dinner with rice and pickles.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 onions, halved and sliced into rings
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 90g (1/2 cup) lentils
    • 500ml (2 cups) water
    • 1 bunch (280g) spinach, washed and roughly chopped
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Fry onion for 10 minutes or so, until they begin to turn golden. Add garlic and fry further 1-2 minutes.
    2. Add lentils and water to the saucepan. Bring mixture to the boil. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until lentils are soft (this may take less time, depending on your water and the lentils).
    3. Add spinach, salt and cumin to the cooked lentils. Cover and simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes. Grind in plenty of pepper to taste.

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    This was seriously good. I used 1 cup of red lentils, and 2.5 cups of vegetable broth in place of the water specified. I also used half a white onion, half a red onion, four cloves of garlic, and during the last five minutes, wilted fresh spinach directly on top of the lentils, along with the remaining salt, pepper, cumin and garlic specified in the recipe. Got rave reviews from vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Excellent recipe!  -  21 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have been making this for a few years and love it every time. I always use fresh spinach and substitute chicken broth for the water. Very tasty!!  -  02 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was very good. I doubled everything except used only one onion and used chicken broth for half the water. I also added 3/4 c. finely chopped carrots in the last 15 min. (b/c mom always did) and added fresh spinach in the last 5 minutes of cooking. I suggest doubling this to serve four as a main dish. (Hubby and I had little leftover) Awesome, thanks!  -  24 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)