Mix vegetable vermicelli biryani

Vermicelli Biryani/ Semiya Biryani

Look at this colourful vermicelli biryani. Tempting!!

Also it has all nutrition of green veggies like green peas, potatoes, spinach, carrots, beans, red bell pepper & yellow bell pepper. Again I would say that this vermicelli is hand made and home made.

Vermicelli biryani is an easy breakfast recipe which is healthy and kids friendly. I have added shahi biryani masala to the dish. This added extra flavor to the dish. You can add simply maggi magic masala also to the vermicelli for kids tiffin box. Since it looks like that of maggie you can replace maggie with this recipe. In many schools maggie is not allowed in tiffin box. But you can give this in place of maggie. This is nutritious and filling also.

What are other vermicelli dishes we can make?

My vermicelli is handmade by my mother-in-law. I must admire her expertise and speed in But you can anyways get that in any supermarket. Add whatever vegetable you feel your kid loves. From vermicelli you can make vermicelli upma, pulao and biryani. Although there is little difference in method and spices we use for different recipes. Also it makes great sweet dessert or pudding. This vermicelli pudding just takes 5 minutes. Infact any vermicelli dish is quick as it takes 3 – 5 minutes to get cooked.

This is a 10 minutes recipe. What else we need on lazy mornings? A breakfast that is tasty and nutritious.

Read more recipes for kids tiffin box and finger food recipes on blog: Spinach Corn Sandwich, Potato Cheese sandwich, Potato Bites, Veg seekh kabab, paneer corn kabab, hara bhara kabab.

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vermicelli biryani

Mix vegetable vermicelli pulao

Vermicelli are boiled and sauted with vegetables & spices to make this lip smaking recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Less than 30 minutes Recipe, Healthy Snacks
Servings: 2 Servings
Author: daintykitchen


  • 1 cup vermicelli
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup carrots
  • 1/4 cup spinach leaves
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 garlic pods
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Shahi Biryani Masala
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 glass water


  • Boil vermicelli in a sauce pan. Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp oil to the pan. Boil for 3 - 5 minutes till the vermicellis are soft.
  • Strain out from water after removing from heat and wash out with cold water. This is to avoid sticking of strands together. Add few drops of oil and mix well.
  • In a pan heat oil. Add chopped garlic, onion, bay leaf (optional), cury leaves. Saute for 2 minutes till onion is translucent.
  • Add all vegetables and saute for 5 minutes they are cooked well.
  • Add vermicelli and stir well. Add all spices including salt and mix well. Cook for another 5 minutes and saute well.
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Rava Upma / Semolina Porridge

Rava Upma / Semolina Porridge

Upma is a savory dish made from semolina. This porridge is healthy as it has less oil and is one of the best food option for kids. This is one of the diabetic friendly dish. Upma is filling and is a famous breakfast dish in almost all parts of country. This is one of the easiest item which hardly takes 5 minutes to prepare. One tip is dry roast the semolina in a frying pan and store it in air tight container. This will help in get rid of bugs as well as in reducing the cooking time. Else you can store unroasted semolina inside freezer as well to store longer. In upma no other ground spices used. The key ingredients are ginger and curry leaves which are a must for semolina porridge. Some people add a pinch of turmeric to give it a color. You can add a pinch of lentils for extra flavor but again that is optional.

Try out other upma recipes like carrots upma, vermicelli upma, mix vegetable upma, red upma (beetroot).

Try other semolina dishes like pinwheel samosa, instant vada, instant uttapam, sooji halwa etc.


Upma is one of the easiest breakfast and hardly takes 10 minutes to prepare. Semolina is used in preparation of upma. Ginger and curry leaves add flavor to the dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Less than 30 minutes Recipe, Healthy Snacks, Low-carb Recipe
Servings: 4 People
Author: daintykitchen


  • Rava/ Semolina- 1 Cup
  • Refined Oil- 4-5 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds: ¼ tea spoon
  • Ginger- 1/2 inch diced
  • Onion- ½ finely chopped
  • Tomato- ½ finely chopped
  • Curry Leaves- 6-7
  • Green Chilli- 1- 2 chopped
  • Salt- ¼ tea spoon or as per taste


  • Take 1 cup of Rava or semolina and dry roast in a flat pan. It won’t take more than 3-4 mins. After 3mins remove from heat and keep in dry plate.
  • Heat a kadai or pan & put 4 – 5 teaspoon refined oil.
  • Once the oil is hot put a pinch of mustard seeds and let it crackle.
  • After that put curry leaf, ginger, green Chilli and onion into it. Keep on low flame else onions will get burnt.
  • Add sliced tomatoes. Sauté for 2 mins till tomatoes are soft.
  • Then add 1 glass of water into kadai and get them to a boil. Add salt as required or as per taste. You can add a pinch of turmeric powder too if you want to give different color to it. However this is optional.
  • Once water starts boiling, add roasted semolina into kadai but make sure to stir the mixture constantly else it will make lumps inside and will not get cooked evenly.
  • Let it boil for 3 – 4 mins more and get cooked properly. Now remove from heat at required medium thick consistency.
  • In the end you can add few drops of lemon and few chopped coriander leaves to add slight tangy flavour in it.

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Top 10 Keto Vegetables

Today’s hot topic is keto diet or ketogenic diet. Every place you will get good resource about keto process and the food for this process. Ketogenic diet in brief is a diet which consists of low carbohydrate and high fat (LCHF). The science behind this is our body uses glucose as a source of energy. So how we gain weight with that?

One, Glucose restores water for its storage and hence water retention occurs and we gain weight.

Second, The fat we eat doesn’t get utilised and hence adds to weight gain.

Now what will happen if you will stop intake of carbohydrate and fat both? Of course you will increase more fiber and protein in your diet. But since the body will not get enough energy source, it will start utilizing your muscle cells to create that energy source. In this process you might lose weight but at a cost of muscle loss.

Luckily our body is that adaptable and it has many back up plans to survive in adverse situation. And one of them is Ketosis. This is a automated mechanism where in absence of carbohydrate and glucose body will try to break the fat cells in liver and produce ketones which are used as energy source by body and brain. Brain can not use direct fat cells and requires fast moving energy cells for functioning. That’s why the fat cell breaks down to energy cells known as ketones. So in this diet you have to minimize your carb portion to 5% of your daily intake, moderately protein (20%) intake and maximize the fat intake (70%). Again fat does not include trans-fat. This 5% of carb can be customized to maximum of 50gm carb depending your body type and activity level.

Also Read What is Keto Diet?

Friends lets be very clear before starting this diet as this is a kind of strict diet where you can not  go on and off with this diet else you might get some serious negative effect and ultimately instead of shredding extra pounds you might get some more extra and gain weight. There are vegetables and fruits which are high on carbohydrate and hence needs to be avoided in the process. Try to avoid under ground vegetables as they are rich in carb.  The best pick for keto diet is high in nutrition and low in carb. To choose its bit easier as they are dark, leafy and above ground vegetables but again check the nutrition value before starting your diet.

Top 10 Low Carb Vegetables:

1. Broccoli

If you want to rate broccoli on nutrition fact this is a five star food. While low in calorie, its rich in vitamins and minerals. Its rich in fibre and contains vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc. Its a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, folic acid. It has only 4g carb per 1 cup.

2. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a great keto food with low carb. This is also a nutritious vegetable and full in vitamins and minerals. It has many properties similar to broccolli as they belong to same family. It has vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamin, pottasium, fibre, magnesium, folate manganese. Cauliflower contains only 2g of carbohydrate per serving of 100g.

3. Cabbage

Cabbage is a super healthy vegetable full of nutrients. Its a low calorie veggie with high dietary fiber. It has vitamin K 63% and vitamin C 65%, folate 13%. It has only 4g carb per serving of 100g. This is also a low fat food but still considered as good food for keto diet because of other nutrition values.

Recipe: Cabbage Fry, Cabbage Soup

4. Zucchini

Its high source of anti-oxidants, vitamin C, vitamin B, potassium, protein and fiber. Its low in calorie and carbohydrates. It has high water content and rich in fibre and hence great for weightloss. It has only 2g carb per 100g of serving.

5. Bell Peppers

These are available in different colors and versatile vegetables can be added to any dish. The color comes from the carotenoid stored in it’s flesh. They have a distinct flavor and taste. They are extremely nutritious. As they are low calorie veggies are recommended for keto diet. It has 4g carb per serving of 100 gm.

6. Lettuce

Lettuce is one of the low carb vegetable with 4g carb per 100g out of which 2 g is dietary carb.

Its high in several vitamins and minerals. Its rich in vitamin A, C, K & folate.

7. Cucumbers

Cucumbers are very refreshing. They are used in salads, dips etc. they are considered best in summer season to beat the heat and keep you hydrated for long.

It has high water content and that’s why keeps you full for long. Its one of the low carb vegetable as contains only 1 g digestible carb.

8. Mushrooms

Mushroom are also above ground vegetables which are low carb. It has only 2g carb per serving of 100g. Mushrooms provide you with lean protein since they contain no cholesterol and no fat. Its full with protein and fiber and anti oxidant properties along with anti inflammatory. This is helpful in protecting body from many diseases as it contains high amount of amino acids who work as anti-oxidants.

9. Spinach

A versatile leafy vegetable used in many form of cooking name it soup, sauteed form, as a curry base and many form. This is a leafy vegetable which is powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and other nutrients. This is one of the best best food for weight-loss and diabetic people. Its calcium is beneficial for our bone health. Its low in calorie and low in carbohydrate and good option for keto diet. It has only 2 g dietary carb per serving of 100g.

Try tasty and healthy Soupy Spinach, Spinach Lentils Soup, Fenugreek Spinach Kadhi, Sauteed Garlic Spinach etc.

10. Green Beans

Green beans are high in fiber and many other vitamins like vitamin A, C, K, B6, Folate and many minrealslike calcium, iron, magnesium, copper etc.

They also contain high amount of antioxidants and is one super food for bone and overall health. It has only 4g dietary carb per 100g.




There are many more vegetables who are low in carb. Again another aspect to consider in choosing food for keto diet is that low carb vegetables can also be low in fat. So they can be combined with other fatty food. E.g if you are non vegetarian then you can opt for meat, fish, poultry for fat along with low carb veggies to get a balanced diet. Or if you are complete vegetarian then also you can choose other fat sources like hard cheese, butter, olive oil, nuts and seeds to get equal fat portion in your keto meal. So choose wisely and plan a menu so that you wont get bored with similar food everyday.

Keep yourself motivated. My suggestion which I even do. Keep a weighing machine at home. You can check weekly basis to check weight-loss so that you can feel happy and motivated as well. I used to check on daily morning before having my breakfast. Even a loss of 200gm to some days 500gm motivated me a lot. Hope this will motivate you as well.

Thanks for your patience. Please feel free to add valuable suggestion related to this.

Eat Healthy. Stay Healthy.


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Transformation from Fat to Fit

Transformation From Fat to Fit

Fat to Fit


Very often we have heard this and read many articles titled as FAT to FAB, FAT to FIT, many celebrity diet plans to get a perfect toned figure like their role models. But why do we need these attractive lines to keep us motivated to be fit.

Ultimately this is your own body and you are responsible for it, Bad or Good.💪

Why it’s necessary to be FIT?

Being FIT does not mean being SKINNY or being like a MODEL or any ACTRESS. Being FIT means HEALTHY from All perspective. Emotional/ Mental & Physical Health. Both are co related and highly complementary factors of our life. In 21st century as we know there is sheer competition in every sector of our life. How important it is for us to keep a perfect balance between our Mental and Physical Health. Here what I mean is we have to take proper care of our body to live a happy life. Being healthy will bring mental peace and in return it will keep us away from diseases because Stress is the major source of many diseases.

So what we do to become FIT Physically:

1. Healthy Diet:

Healthy Balanced Diet

Healthy Diet means balanced diet which means neither eating very less or nor overeating to satisfy taste buds.

“Eat Breakfast Like a KING, Lunch Like a PRINCE and Dinner like a BEGGAR”. 


When we sleep in night for 7-8 hrs that is the longest period we stay away from food. So the name Breakfast Suggested as its the food which BREAKS FAST of 8 hrs.

Why Breakfast is important meal of the day:

  • Kick starts metabolism & thus helps to burn calories throughout the day
  • Restores glucose level to perform optimal brain function
  • Helps in improving concentration level
  • Boosts energy level for the day
  • Reduces weight-gain and hence controls obesity
  • Controls high Blood Pressure, Diabetes & Heart Diseases

Why Dinner like a Beggar:

This implies lesser Dinner as our metabolism lowers in evening and if we will eat more in night it will add on to weight gain and water retention which in turn will make you obese with time. So eat less in night. If possible eat before 8 pm to maintain good health. If you wish or planning for weight-loss then try to have your dinner by 7 pm. And in night have a glass of warm milk or turmeric milk for a good night sleep.

What should be included in Healthy Diet?


High Protein – Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beef, Pork, Milk, Yogurt, Cheese, Soybean, Lentils, Peanut Butter, Mixed Nuts, Tofu, Green Peas, Quinoa & Many more.

High Fibre food – Oats, Peas, Lentils, Beans, Broccoli, Sprouts, Berries, Avocados, Pears, Guavas, Flax seeds, Chia Seeds Etc

Green Leafy Vegetables-  Spinach, Kale, Fenugreek, Amaranthus, Coriander Leaves, Asparagus.

Fruits – Fruits are factory of vitamins & minerals. Try increase fruits in your daily diet.

Low carbohydrate- Avoid unhealthy carbohydrates like Rice, Sugar, Syrups, White flours and include Healthy carbs in diet like complex carbs e.g. Brown Rice, Sweet potatoes, Yam, Multi grain cereals, Beans, Lentils, Quinoa, Apple Oranges Grapes Pumpkin Fresh Beet Roots

Healthy Fats: Flax seeds, Almonds, Olive Oil, Avocado, Walnuts, peanuts, Hemp seed oil, Dark Chocolates

Multivitamin Supplements-However whatever we eat in a day may not be able to fulfil all vitamins and minerals nutrients required by our body. So it is very much essential to take multivitamin tablets on daily basis. We should always consult physician before taking any multivitamins.

Also read: Fig & Banana Smoothie

2. Yoga:

yoga for health

Yoga is a Gift of Ancient India’s gift to us. This is the oldest method of keeping mind and body controlled and a process which involves elevation of life force which is called as Kundalini. Since ages yoga is the key mantra to awaken the kundalini.

In modern version its called as Power Yoga with few modifications but is very effective and quick. It works for long term through a series of physical and mental exercise. The physical exercise which are known as YOGASANS or Postures helps to keep the body healthy where as the mental exercise known as Pranayam helps to keep mind peaceful and relaxed and thus healthy.

Yoga helps in leading healthy life by:

  • Controlling mind body and soul
  • Building Muscle Strength, flexibility & equilibrium
  • Loosing weight,
  • Releasing stress
  • Improving Immunity
  • Lowers Blood Pressure & Glucose level
  • Strengthens Bones
  • Improves Blood flow
  • Improves Sleep

3. Exercise/ Jogging:


  • Regular exercise helps to increase metabolism of body which in terms does not allow the body to restore the fat and hence helps in proper digestion and controls weight.
  • Exercise enhances oxygen level to heart and mind and hence helps cardiovascular system work efficiently and thus it boosts energy level.
  • Many research has shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells and improves overall brain function.
  • Regular physical activity boosts memory and ability to learn new things. Getting sweaty increases production of cells in Hippo campus which is responsible for memory and learning ability.

30 mins brisk walk can also be helpful in calorie burn up to 100 kcal. So even if you are busy in your daily schedule to hit the gym or Yoga, 20 min to 30 min brisk walk is also enough to keep your energy level up and helps in keeping control on weight gain.

There are many points and topics if I want to write on this topic. But the major take away of this article is

1. Keep a check on your taste buds. All tasty foods are not necessarily healthy for our body and heart. and after all its our body and not garbage bag that you ll dump every unhealthy food into it. So be very choosy and check nutritional value of the food items you are consuming.

2. Take Proper Breakfast. Never skip breakfast. Eat as less as possible for Dinner. Eat your dinner by 8:00 pm. Late Dinner and heavy dinner will add to weight gain in long term.

3. Our body is what we eat. So eat healthy food as much as possible. Lessen Snacking on fried items and keep mixed nuts for snacks. Add fruits, green leafy vegetables, Salads etc in your food and see the change in your skin, complexion, in body and overall in your life.

4. Keep 30 mins of your daily busy schedule for exercise, jogging, yoga whatever you find interesting for you. Enjoy some music during workout or jogging. Music helps to relax your mind and reduces anxiety and stress.

So get ready for the change in your habits and you would be surprised to see the changes in your life.

Also read: What is Keto Diet? & Top 10 Vegetables for Keto Diet

Stay Positive and Love yourself.

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Soth Indian Idli

Idli and sambar is originated from southern part of our country and is considered their staple food. But its cooked and loved in every part of country. This is very light and low calorie food. Mainly this is served as breakfast item. Coconut chutney also served along with Idli and sambar. This is easy and simple recipe. Its made from rice and urad dal. Steamer is used to cook the idli. The batter is fermented for 4 -5 hours. If you want fresh you can skip and make from fresh batter.

There are few variations to the traditional idli. We can name them as stuffed idli, vegetable idli, fried idli etc. Again the flour used are also modified in different varieties. Semolina, Raagi, Oats are used to make varieties.

These are again helpful in weight-loss or maintenance as they are low calorie food.

Soth Indian Idli

Idli is an healthy breakfast menu. Its made from rice flour and black gram flour.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: daintykitchen


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1/3 cup Dhuli Urad Dal (skin less black gram)
  • 1 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil


  • Wash and soak rice and black gram (urad dal) for 5 -6 hours. Then grind them to fine paste. Make sure you to grind them separately. Grind to a thick paste. Keep it overnight for fermentation.
  • Adjust the consistency by adding water but be careful while adding batter as we need thick batter. whisk the batter for 2 minutes.
  • Greese the idli moulds with oil and drop 1 tbsp batter into the mould. Heat 2.5 glass of water on a steamer. Place the mould in steamer and cook for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • turn off the gas. Remove moulds from the steamer. Let it cool for sometime. Then with help of knife or spoon scrape the edges from the mould. Keep the idlis in a dry plate. Server with samber & chutney


Fermentation is essential and key step in making softer idlis. In warm place it takes 7 - 8 hrs for this where as in cold place it takes 12 - 14 hours. You can add salt to the batter before fermentation. It will stop from excess fermentation.

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15 Minute Low-carb Sauteed Bottle Gourd/ Lauki Bhujia

Lauki Bhujia

Sauteed Bottle Gourd/ Lauki Bhujia

Grated Bottle Gourd, commonly known as lauki bhujia is a famous and easily available dish in every kitchen in North India. This is another healthy, tasty yet easy to make dish.  Bottle Gourd recipes are perfect for weight-loss as its full of fibres and low in calorie and carbohydrate. Bottle gourd or lauki is a great food option for keto diet.

This superfood is full of nutritions. This is recommended for diabetic patients also. Bottle gourd helps in lactation. Hence its recommended for new moms. It helps in proper digestion as its full of fiber and 92% water content. In true sense this is a superfood.

How to prepare Lauki bhujia or grated bottle gorud?

It takes only 10 minutes to prepare this easy recipe. Lets make this yummy lauki bhujia and share your feedback with us.

Grate lauki or bottle gourd. Then steam it or boil it for 3 – 5 minutes. After that strain out excess liquid by squeezing slightly.

Then saute onion, tomato, ginger and garlic till it’s cooked and leaves oil on surrounding. Then add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and turmeric powder.

At this stage mix boiled grated lauki and mix well. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

The whole process of cooking doesn’t take more than 15 minutes. It goes well with chapati or paratha. This can even be served as a side dish with dal rice.

Try other bottle gourd recipes here.

Those who does not like also will fall for this lauki bhujia as its a perfect blend of all spices which neutralises and enhances the taste of bottle gourd.

Lets make this easy dish in just 15 minutes.

Lauki Bhujia
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15 Minute Low-carb Sauteed Bottle Gourd/ Lauki Bhujia

This is made by stir frying grated bottle gourd or lauki and flavoured with spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Main Dish, Sabzi & Curry, Side Dish, Weightloss Recipe
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Indian Curry, Keto Recipe, Low-carb Recipe
Servings: 4 People
Author: daintykitchen


  • 1 1/2 Bottle Gourd (Lauki) Medium size
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Aamchur/ Dry mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida/ Hing
  • 1/2 Onion sliced thin
  • 1 Tomato finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chili Slits
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves finely chopped


  • Peel the outer skin of Lauki and grate with help of grater.
  • Take two glasses of water in one saucepan and add 1/2 tsp salt. Boil the grated bottle gourd in saucepan for 5 minutes till they are cooked.
  • Strain out the water with help of a colander.
  • Heat oil in a pan. add hing, cumin seeds. Let them crackle. Then add chopped garlic and ginger. saute for a minute. Add onion and saute till translucent. Then add chopped tomatoes.
  • Cook till tomatoes are soft. Then add coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt to it. Mix and saute for a minute.
  • Squeeze out boiled lauki to get rid of excess liquids. (before adding them to the pan)
  • Add boiled lauki to it and mix well. Saute for 2 - 3 minutes more till all spices are incorporated into lauki. In the end add 1/4 tsp dry mango powder (aamchur) and mix well.
  • Turn off the gas. Add garam masala. Lauki Bhujia is ready to serve.
  • Serve hot with any kind of breads (roti/ paratha).


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Easy Dal Palak/ Spinach Lentils Soup Recipe

Dal Palak

Dal Palak/ Spinach Lentils Soup

Dal Palak

Spinach lentils soup or Dal palak in Hindi is a super food as full of nutrition and healthy source of vitamins and minerals. Dal Palak is a diabetic friendly food. Its prepared by mixing two main ingredients lentils (dal) and spinach (Palak). You can take any type of lentils for this. I have taken yellow tur dal for this dish. Quantity of spinach you can adjust as per your taste. Tur dal is a great source of protein. Spinach is source of Iron and calcium and dietary fibres. so this combination makes a healthy and nutritious food. This can be served as soup, as main course with rice, roti etc. This is a great idea for weight-loss recipe where you will get all the protein and essential nutrients that your body requires. Again spinach in low in carbohydrate.

This recipe can be prepared in two different methods. When I am in hurry and in no mood to cook then I do pressure cook spinach and lentils together and then give it a good tampering with spices, onion, garlic. The second method prepare dal separately. Then saute and cook the spinach with all onion, garlic and spices. Then add the lentils or dal to it and mix well and simmer for 3 minutes. This method is also quick if you have left over dal and some spinach in your fridge.

I love spinach so much that I try to use it in any ways in my daily diet. Try out my other spinach recipes.

Dal Palak

Dal Palak

Spinach Lentils Soup

This is an excellent dish made with spinach and lentils. This is easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare the dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dal, Leafy Special, Main Dish, Weightloss Recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Less than 30 minutes Recipe, Indian Dal
Servings: 4 People
Author: daintykitchen


  • Tur dal- ½ cup
  • Palak/ Spinach – 1 ½ bowl finely chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Tomato –1 medium Diced
  • Ghee/ Oil – 3-4 Tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds- 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chilli – Dry 2-3
  • Coriander Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic – 5-6 buds finely chopped/ crushed
  • Green Chilli- 1- 2 sliced/ chopped


Method I

  • Wash dal properly and put in a pressure cooker. Add diced tomato and finely chopped spinach to it. Add turmeric powder & salt as per taste.
  • Pressure-cook for 2 – 3 whistles. Then let it cool before opening the lid.
  • Place a small pan on medium to low heat.
  • Put ghee or refined oil in it. Once the oil is hot put cumin seeds and let it crackle. Add a pinch of hing/ asafoetida. Put green chilli, red chilli and chopped garlic.
  • Once garlic turns slight brown add coriander powder, chilli powder and immediately take out from the flame else the masala will get burnt.
  • Then put the tadka in cooked palak/ spinach dal and close the lid so that the flavour will be added to the dal.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with chapatti or rice.
    Dal Palak

Method II

  • Pressure cook dal for 4 whistles. Add tomatoes, salt and turmeric powder in dal while cooking.
  • You can use left over dal also in this method.
  • Heat 4 - 5 tsp oil in a kadai. Add 1 tsp ghee for better taste. Add 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic, 2 - 3 green chillies slits, chopped onion. saute till garlic turns light brown.
  • if you have missed adding tomatoes or want to add some more here you can add chopped tomatoes. Once tomatoes are soft and tender add coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and 1 tsp hing. Mix all wee.
  • Add finely chopped spinach leaves. Add little salt for spinach only as you have already added salt to the dal.
  • saute for 3 -4 minutes till spinach leaves are cooked. It wont take more than 5 minutes for the spinach to get cooked.
  • Once spinach is cooked, add the dal or lentils to the kadai. Mix well. and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Season with coriander leaves. Serve hot with roti/ paratha or even with Rice.
    Dal Palak


When you are in hurry, try method 1 where it takes only cooking time 10 minutes. Second method is best when you have left over dal or takes 10 minutes more for the whole process.
Happy Cooking Friends

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