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Bowl of Instant Pot Dal Tadka Curried Lentils and Spinach

Instant Pot Dal Palak

This vegan Indian curried lentils dish is packed full of healthy ingredients including turmeric, spinach, onion, and garlic to boost immunity.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 bowls
Calories 232 kcal


  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tsp garam masala (can substitute curry powder)
  • 1 tsp coriander cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped roughly
  • salt (to taste)


  • Rinse lentils with water until the water runs clear. This will remove any extra dust or starch left.
  • Turn on Instant Pot to saute mode and add olive oil.
  • Add cumin seeds, garlic, and serrano pepper to pan and allow seeds to simmer (once oil is hot this should only take about 10 seconds).
  • Add chopped onion and allow to brown.
  • After about 3 minutes, mix in the dry spices along with salt. Then add the tomato.
  • Allow this mixture to cook for another minute
  • Mix in the water and lentils.
  • Turn on the manual pressure on high and cook for 6 minutes. (7 minutes will make for a bit mushier lentils).
  • Once it's complete, allow it to sit for 5 minutes before manually releasing the pressure.
  • Stir in the chopped spinach and allow it to wilt.
  • Top with cilantro or lime juice. Serve with roti or rice.


Serving: 1bowlSodium: 28mgCalcium: 65mgVitamin C: 17mgVitamin A: 1719IUSugar: 3gFiber: 16gPotassium: 664mgCalories: 232kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 5gProtein: 14gCarbohydrates: 35gIron: 5mg
Keyword dal, dal palak, dal tadka
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