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Instant Pot Aloo Palak Dal - Spiced Potato Spinach Lentils

Instant Pot Aloo Palak Dal. Spiced Potato Spinach Lentils made in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Saucepan option. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking time1 hr
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Indian, Vegan
Keyword: aloo palak, indian dal curry, instant pot dal, instant pot lentil spinach curry, lentil potato curry
Servings: 3
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Vegan Richa


  • 1/3 cup uncooked brown lentils (sabut masoor)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 1 hot green chile chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 medium potatoes cubed
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 to 6 oz Spinach or a combination of greens.


  • Soak the lentils for at least an hour else they will not cook within the time and the potatoes will get over cooked in the more time needed to cook lentils.
  • In saute mode over medium, add oil, ginger, garlic, chile and cook until translucent. Add tomato and spices and cook until tomatoes are tender. Mash the larger pieces. 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes, drained lentils, water, salt and mix in. Add in the spinach or greens and mix in. Close the lid and cook on Manual (high pressure) for 7 to 8 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open, taste and adjust salt and spice. Add more spices or garam masala if needed. Garnish with cilantro, pepper flakes and lemon and serve over rice or with roti/flatbread.


To make in a saucepan, use 1 cup cooked lentils. Follow step 2 in a saucepan. Add the potatoes, cooked lentils, spinach, salt, water. Partially cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or longer until potatoes are tender. Taste and adjust salt and spice.
Adjust water to make less or more curry.
Add half coconut milk instead of water for a creamier curry.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 623mg | Potassium: 1264mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5115IU | Vitamin C: 44.7mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 7.9mg