This recipe is a traditional UP dish and we call it Dalpeta in our home (also called Palak Dal) . A very common dal made regularly in our home and it taste yummy.  This dal taste so good and goes well with rice or roti and without any side dish.  Add ghee and it taste just so yum. 


Channa Dal - 1cup
Palak/Spinach - 1 bunch
Onion - 1 large
Tomato - 1 large
Green chilli - 3-4
Garlic & Ginger (crushed ) - 1tbsp {or ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp}
Red chilli powder - 1-2 tps
Turmeric - 1/2tps
Coriander powder - 1tps
Garam masala powder - 1/2tps
Bay leaf - 1
Cumin Seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tps
Oil/Ghee - 1tps
Salt - to taste


1.  Clean, wash and chop spinach.  Meanwhile wash and soak the dal in little water.

2. Pressure cook washed turmeric, Channa dal and chopped palak together for 20-25mins as channa dal takes more time to cook.

3. Chop onion, tomato, green chilli.

4. In a pan heat oil, add bay leaf, jeera, garlic n ginger. After garlic-ginger turns red add chopped onion and green chilli.

5. Fry onion on medium heat until brown around the edges add redchilli, tumeric, coriander and garam masala powder and mix well, add chopped tomato and salt and cook for 2-3mintues. 

6. Once tomato gets mash add pressure cook dal and stir.

7. Add little water if required, and bring it to good boil, simmer for 4-5 minutes in slow flam.e Normally this dal consistency is thick compare to other dals.  Ajust salt if required. 

Let the daal sit for 10 minutes before you dig in. Serve with rice/roti/paratha.

Have a good day ~~