Spinach Dal Recipe

By Abby Henry Singh May 22, 2018Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

The combination of yellow split peas and spinach in this one-pot dish packs a nutritional punch. The jalapenos add a bit of heat to spice up dinner time. Enjoy this Spinach Dal Recipe from Chef Malena!


  • 3 Tbsp. high heat oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeños, cored and diced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup yellow split peas, soaked in water*
  • 3 and ½ cups water
  • 10 ounces spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • fresh cilantro for topping


In a large pot, heat oil. Add the diced onion, jalapeños, fresh ginger, and garlic along with the curry powder and salt then stir together. Pour in the drained diced tomatoes and continue to cook over medium-high heat until they start to break down, for about 10 minutes. Mash them with the back of a spoon until they are macerated.

Stir in the presoaked split peas with 3 and ½ cups water then bring to a boil. Reduce to a low boil and allow to cook until the peas are soft enough to mash, for about 30 minutes. This may take longer depending on how old the peas are. Add more hot water as needed until they are thoroughly cooked. Use a spoon or a whisk to mash the peas.

Add the spinach to the pot and cook until it starts to wilt, for about 5 minutes. Serve warm with brown basmati rice, and fresh cilantro then enjoy!

Source: Recipe reposted with permission from Julie Lanford MPH, RD, CSO, LDN at Cancer Dietitian. Find more delicious recipes and nutrition information on www.CancerDietitian.com.


Abby Henry Singh

Author Abby Henry Singh

Manger Content, Outreach, and Outcomes Abby Henry Singh is a native of Sevierville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in English and history. She has been a member of PearlPoint Cancer Support for over 5 years. Previously, Singh was the Program and Outreach Manger for the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter where she worked to raise disease awareness and support those diagnosed with the disease through educational programs. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Belmont English alumni book club.

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