Maharani Dal / BengalGram Dal and Spinach soup

Dals (split pulses , lentils or legumes) are staple source of protein in Indian diet . Makes delicious  soups.  One day i read a post about Chana Dal  and how good it is for people with Type I diabetes because of its very low glycemic index . Ever since i try too cook more with it . I have used spinach in this recipe but it is totally optional. 

Chana dal  - 1/2 cup
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Spinach - 3 cups , chopped fine
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1/2 cup ,chopped fine
Tomato - 1 cup, chopped fine.
Cashewnuts - 8 
Peanuts  - 1/4 cup

Green Cardamom - 2
Black Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon - 1 '' piece
Cumin - 1 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1

Turmeric Pw - 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Pw - 1 tsp
Coriander Pw - 2 tsp
Salt to taste

Oil - 1 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp

1. Wash and soak chana dal and urad dal for 1 hour .
2.  Heat oil and butter in a heavy saucepan or pressure cooker on medium flame.
3. Add cumin,bay leaf,cardamom, cinnamon and nuts and cook for a minute.
4. Add ginger garlic paste and onion and cook till onion is golden .
6. Add turmeric, red chili, coriander pw and cook for 30 seconds.
7. Add tomato, salt  and cover and cook till oil separates .
8. Add spinach , dals and add 2 1/2 cups of water.
9. Cook till dals are well cooked.
10. I use pressure cooker and cook for 25  minutes or 3 whitsles.
12. Serve with rice or chappati with a lemon wedge and little butter.

I am sending this Delicious Dal Event @veggie platter .


  1. The name is soo catchy...Healthy dal recipe Nisha..Love with rice and pickle...

    Kairali sisters

  2. Fit for a maharani, probably.:)
    Thanks for sending over this spicy, lovely dal.

  3. Healthy one... Thanks for dropping by in my blog. You too have a wonderful one... Happy blogging...

  4. nice name...very healthy with dal and spinach !

  5. hey very healthy recipe nisha.looks very tempting dear.nice click

  6. very healthy and my fav..daal

  7. Lovely dish, Nisha..So healthy and tasty! I would love to have it with chapatis..

  8. nisha
    really delicious one and also very healthy one..i love the spinach dal combination..looks so tempting..lovely picture too

  9. wow what a intersting name, looks too good and love adding spinach to my dal too....

  10. Very nice name for the dal dear...looks soo delicious n yummy with hot rice.

  11. Dhal looks so delicious...nice combination of veggies :)

  12. Very nutritious, Nisha!!

  13. Very delicious looking dal and nutritious too.Thanks for sharing.

  14. truly delicious.. looks perfect!!

  15. Nisha, that is a beautiful looking dish. I don't do much Indian cooking because I'm not skilled in the cuisine, but I love to learn more. Yours is one of the places I come to learn. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  16. Another healthy dish....mmmm

  17. Awesome daal..looks super delicious

  18. Cool name looks like a beautiful daal, wil have to try it. Great Post!

  19. Nice Dal..Loooks very rich as name suggests!!