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Dal palak tadka | pressure cooker jeera rice | fried chillies | thali recipe Dal palak tadka with jeera rice

A simple and quick meal combo recipe prepared with toordal-palak and basmati rice. it is a perfect and healthy meal that is typically served for lunch and dinner. I also share stuffed fried chili, which is tasty and enhance the flavor of thali. Do try this!

The key to making dal palak tadka and jeera rice at home are

For dal palak tadka

  • firstly, in this, I have used only toor dal for dal tadka, however, you may experiment or even alter the combination by adding other lentils like chana dal or moong dal.
  • secondly, the consistency of dal should be medium and has to be in flowing consistency. do not make it with thick consistency as it may lose its taste and flavor.
  • lastly, the perfect combo meal for this dal recipe is jeera rice or any type of pulao, also tastes great when it is served hot.

For pressure cooker jeera rice

  • Firstly, Use long grain rice like basmati for pulao. Do not use small-grain rice instead of it.
  • Secondly, sauté jeera in ghee, and infuse its flavor into pulao.
  • Lastly, Pressure cook jeera rice on medium flame.
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Dal palak tadka | pressure cooker jeera rice | fried chillies | thali recipe Dal palak tadka with jeera rice

Author Nehas Cook Book
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soaking time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dal / Curry, Meal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 servings


For pressure cooker dal

  • 1 cup soaked toor dal
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 cloves

For dal palak tadka

  • 150 grm or 2 cup palak leaves
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 6-8 methi dana
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of hing
  • Some curry leaves
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 chopped green chilli
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp besan
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Some coriander leaves

For tadka

  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • Pinch of hing
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

For preesure cooker jeera rice

  • 1 cup-soaked basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp jeera
  • 2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

For bharela tadela marcha

  • 6-8 green chilli
  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 6-7 chopped garlic cloves
  • Some coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp oil


Making dal palak tadka

  • Wash and soak tuvar dal for 30 minutes.
  • Now in a pressure cooker, add dal, turmeric powder, salt, peanuts and dry spices bag with cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, star anise and cloves. (refer to video)
  • Add 2 cup water and pressure cook the dal on medium flame.
  • Now in a bowl, add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and some water. Mix well, masala paste is ready. Keep it aside.
  • When the pressure cooker cools down, open the lid and remove the dry spices bag. Keep it aside.
  • Now in a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, a pinch of hing and some curry leaves. Saute it.
  • Then add chopped onion, chopped ginger-garlic and green chilli. Saute it.
  • Now add besan and sauté till it slightly changes its colour.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes and salt. Saute till the tomato become soft.
  • Now add the masala paste and saute till oil separates from its sides.
  • Then add chopped palak leaves and saute them till it becomes soft.
  • Now add boiled dal and mix well. Add ½ cup hot water and cook dal on low flame for 5-7 minutes so masala flavor absorbs in it.
  • Then add lemon juice and mix well.
  • Now in a tadka pan, add ghee, cumin seeds, a pinch of hing, and chopped garlic cloves and saute it.
  • Switch off the gas, add red chilli powder and mix well.
  • Now add tadka on the dal and sprinkle some coriander leaves. Mix well and serve.

Making jeera rice

  • Wash and soak rice for 15-20 minutes.
  • In a pressure cooker, add ghee and jeera. Sauté it.
  • Add 2 cup water and salt. Bring it to a boil.
  • Add soaked rice and lemon juice. Mix well
  • Cover and pressure cook on a medium flame for 2 whistles.
  • When the pressure cooker releases its pressure, open the lid and serve jeera rice with dal palak tadka.

Making stuffed fried chilli

  • In a mixture jar, add roasted peanuts, white sesame seeds, green garlic cloves and coriander leaves. Without adding water grind it coarsely.
  • Add grinded stuffing into the mixing bowl, also add salt and turmeric powder. Mix well. The stuffing is ready.
  • Now make slits into green chilli and remove its seeds and veins. Stuffed chillies with stuffing.
  • Then heat oil in a pan, add chillies and fry it on medium flame till it becomes crispy from both sides.
  • Serve tasty stuffed fried chillies with dal and rice.


For dal palak tadka
  • Do not add more water while pressure cook dal.
  • Garam masala potli gives a nice flavor when pressure cook dal.
  • Medium flame -2 whistle
  • Masala paste gives dhaba style taste to dal.
  • Besan gives creaminess and thickness to dal.
  • Add slightly hot water to adjust consistency of dal.
  • Boil dal on low flame so gravy flavor absorbs in it.
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