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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Spinach Carrot Dal (Spinach and Carrots in Mixed Lentils)

I became a Mom a few years back and the way I looked at food and cooking completely changed, especially when my kid started eating solids. Since then I have found myself sneaking in veggies, fruits, nuts and all the nutritious stuff in everything she eats. Dal or Lentil curry is one such easy dish to hide the vegetables in. This Spinach Carrot Dal helps me add carrots, spinach and tomatoes without anyone realising. Moreover I have used 4 kinds of lentils here, that raises the nutrition quotient of this dish further more. It also serves a nutritious comfort food when served hot with rice.

Spinach Carrot Dal (Spinach and Carrots in Mixed Lentils)
Spinach Carrot Dal (Spinach and Carrots in Mixed Lentils)
Spinach Carrot Dal (Spinach and Carrots in Mixed Lentils) - Recipe
Mixed Lentils - 1 and half cups (I used Toor dal, Moong dal, Masoor dal and Chana dal)
Mixed Lentils for spinach Carrot Dal
Mixed Lentils for Spinach Carrot Dal
Carrots - 1 cup peeled and grated 
Spinach - 1 cup finely chopped
Tomatoes - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Veggies for spinach Carrot Dal
Veggies for Spinach Carrot Dal

Ginger - 1/4 inch piece, grated
Turmeric powder - 1/2 - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cloves - 1
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch
Jaggery - 2 teaspoons 
Asafoetida powder - 2 pinches

1. Wash all the mixed lentils and keep aside
2. Heat oil / ghee in a pan. Temper with a pinch of asafoetida powder.
3. Add all the veggies (grated carrots, chopped spinach, chopped tomatoes) and grated ginger to the oil and saute'. 
4. Add the mixed lentils and turmeric powder and saute'. Add 3 cups of water.
5. Cook this mixture in a pressure cooker or pan for 3-4 whistles or 15 minutes.
6. Mash the lentil and veggies mixture.
7. Heat oil / ghee in a pan or a kadhai, add cloves and cinnamon.
8. Temper with dry red chillies, cumin seeds and a pinch of asafoetida powder.
9. Add the mashed lentil and veggies mixture, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, jaggery and a cup or 2 of water. Let the Dal boil.
10. When dal is done, add couple of teaspoons of hot ghee on top. This enhances the flavor.
Serve hot with rice or chapati.

Some variations:
1. You can add chopped onion or grated garlic or garam masala.
2. Take any combination of lentils you want. Udid dal can be another interesting addition.
3. Add any other veggies you like - methi, red chard, squash, cabbage, peas etc. 

Spinach Carrot Dal (Spinach and Carrots in Mixed Lentils)
Spinach Carrot Dal (Spinach and Carrots in Mixed Lentils)


  1. Healthy and very nutritious, good way to eat carrots!

  2. Such a yummy n healthy curry..lov it...

  3. Healthy and delicious dal. lovely pics :)

  4. Very healthy n tasty dal! Looks really yum..


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  5. I love it, it looks so tasty!

  6. wow.. combo of all the dals.. sounds very healthy..

  7. Delicious and healthy for kids too. Do send this to my Rainbow food for toddlers event on my space


  8. I love this anf I love lentils but normally dont find here red lentils this look awesome!

  9. Healthy and delicious .loved the combo!

  10. Hi Meghana ,

    looks colourful and mild:)))

    Neat presentation Meghana!!!

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    my cabbage curry post at Lavanya's recipes...

    Keep on Dear...

  11. I love how you have incorporated carrots and spinach into the humble dal! Looks fab too!

  12. Great way of sneaking in veggies...Delicious Dal

  13. Super healthy and definitely satisfying delicious dal.

  14. very healthy and delicious dal recipe.. nice one

  15. wow Meg this is delicious. I will use this recipe. Thanks for your lovely comment at my place.
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  16. Healthy and yummy dear...

    - Sarika

  17. very healthy and delicious combo :)

  18. Looks yum

  19. looks so healthy and yummy....

  20. wonderful combination... delicious and healthy recipe..

  21. One of my fav dish...looks really tempting!

    You've got a yummy space here :)

  22. Anything that has spinach is good with me. I love the color, this looks great!

  23. Wow! Such colorful dish! I love it, it looks so delicious!

    Hugs, dear Meg

  24. This is nice ..adding all dals to palak..I usually add only one dal.will try your way next time..

  25. Nice combo and healthy dish. I make it with either carrot or spinach, have not combined both.

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