Ridiculously Simple Daal


Ridiculously Simple Daal

Two  nights ago I got home assuming that I had a pack of frozen spinach in my freezer. My heart was set on whipping up some daal palak (spinach and lentils) for dinner. It was only after I had soaked my lentils I noticed that what was available in the freezer was not frozen spinach but frozen brocolli instead. I spent a few moments looking stumped..Nevertheless, my lentils were in the process of being cooked so I just used the broccoli to whip up this simple, tasty, hearty and homey dish. If you enjoy saatvik or jain style food you might definitely enjoy this.


  • Toor Daal / Split Yellow Lentils – 1cup
  • 2 cups broccoli florettes with the stems
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp Goda Masala or Garam Masala

For Garnish

  • Chopped coriander/cilantro
  • Lemon juice


  • Wash and cook the lentils in the usual way. I use a pressure cooker. Once the lentils are cooked, whip them well so that they have the consistency of thick gravy.
  • Heat the oil in a kadai. When it is hot enough add the cumin seeds.
  • When the cumin seeds start spluttering, add the broccoli and cook for few minutes.
  • Coat the veggies with the tomato paste and follow this with the turmeric, coriander, chilli powders and salt.
  • When the broccoli has partially cooked, add the cooked lentils and mix well.
  • Cook for about 2-3 minutes and then add the goda / garam masala and mix well.
  • Cook for few more minutes. Test the daal for salt and other spices.
  • Add the chopped cilantro and cook the daal for about a minute.
  • Switch of the stove and the daal is ready to serve.

You can garnish this with lemon juice if you like the taste. You can have this with rice or rotis or even as is. Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, please do share the link. I could definitely use some publicity 🙂


  1. Hey Shweta, you are a talented writer and good photographer…. that kind of teasing won’t do …. send me some samples and you will be pleased with the review comments and the ensuing publicity! LOL

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