Spinach and split peas dhal

split peas dhal with spinach.
Irrespective of which part of the world you are in or what you do, lockdowns can be a bit stressful. I don’t have a solution for you. I do have very simple easy to achieve recipes based out of the local supermarket and none of the exotic ingredients needed kind of recipes to offer you. Today’s recipe of spinach with split peas is one such.

Split peas.

Most local supermarkets carry some form of lentils or beans. One of the easiest I have seen across the various chains is split peas. Pick up a green variety or the yellow ones and mostly they are at some special offer. Split peas are fairly easy to cook than whole lentils. With a good amount of fibre and protein, the split pea is an easy vegan option. What I like best about split peas is the ease of cooking them with no prep. It is as simple as wash and add to the pot with water and simmer for about 30 minutes. If not you can use split channa dhal for this recipe.

The spinach

The easiest greens to locate in most supermarkets is English spinach. You can never have enough of the dominant as it cooks down considerably. There is no need to elaborate on its good effects, the iron source, the folate etc. It is just good for you.
Clean out the roots, wash thoroughly, drain and rough chop. You are ready to get this cooked.

dhal woith split peas and english spinach
The spinach and split peas dhal

This recipe is the lowest effort dhal recipe on the entire blog. There is zero oil added to this split peas dhal and it makes the best combination with cooked red or brown rice. You don’t need any cream-laden curries to have your rice here as thus dal is flavourful. With a few regular spices, bring to life a perfect lockdown creation. The dhal pairs well with steamed rice or fluffy cooked millets, soothing cucumber raitha, pickled green apples and crunchy rice crackers. So make a flavourful, healthy immune-boosting simple meal.
Enjoy this spinach and split peas dhal platter today and let us know what you think about it. 
Stay safe and do the right thing.

Spinach and split peas dhal

An easy to prepare, zero oil, spinach and split peas dhal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Soaking time for the dhal. 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Fusion, gluten free, Vegan, zero oil
Servings 4 people


  • saucepan


  • 1/2 cup split peas
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 bunches Spinach
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dry red chillies chilli flakes are perfect


  • Wash and soak the split peas dhal for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile clean, wash and chop the spinach set aside till needed.
  • Bring three cups of water to a boil and add the saoked split peas.
  • Bring it to the boil and stirwell.
  • Lower the heat and simmer the dhal till it is cooked. To tesstif it is cooked, crush a dhal. If it mashes, it is cooked.
    split peas dhal
  • Once the dhal is cooked ( approximately 30-35 minutes), add teh chopped psinach, red chili flakes and salt
  • Stir them, simmer, while they are cooking for another 5 minutes.
    spinach dhal
  • Remove from heat and the dhal is ready to serve.
    split peas dhal with spinach.


To cook this dhal in the instant pot:

The split peas cook perfectly in the instant pot. The water ratio is 2 parts to 1 part of the peas and set to pressure cook. Natural release steam and stir in the spinach, salt and red chillies. 
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2 years ago
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I have a big bag of split peas to use up, so I can’t wait to try this out really soon!

2 years ago
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Such an easy recipe, definitely going to try!!

Danielle Wolter
2 years ago
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This sounds so delicious! Meals like this are ultra comfort food. Can’t wait to try it!

Sharon Chen
Sharon Chen
2 years ago
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This looks delicious! I’d like to try this for the weekend.

2 years ago
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Now this is my kind of comfort food. So nutritious too.

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