Dals

Lasooni Zucchini Dal with Spinach

Gluten Free and Vegan Zucchini Dal with Baby Spinach and Garlic  

Zucchini is a regular veggie at home with dishes like sumac tossed stir fry (western style) , focaccia or Thai Style Noodle Coconut Soup, Zucchini Red Poha, and the South Indian Style Kootu made regularly. This time I tried it with spinach for a lasooni (garlicky) dal – lentil curry – and loved it a lot.

The normal picky eaters also took a second helping which gave a much needed confirmation that Western veggies do so well in an Indian dish too. We love Broccoli Kadai masala (recipe soon!) as well as Kale Chips (although the quantity I made was rather little considering that Non-Indian veggies are always sold at a premium here)

Lasooni Zucchini Dal is a Gluten Free and Vegan Zucchini Dal with Baby Spinach and Garlic  . Served with steamed Rice / RotiPin

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Lasooni Zucchini Dal is a Gluten Free and Vegan Zucchini Dal with Baby Spinach and Garlic  . Served with steamed Rice / RotiPin

FAQs to make Lasooni Zucchini Dal

What can I serve with the Lasooni Zucchini Dal?

Steamed Basmati Rice, Naan, Kulcha or even Roti would pair beautifully. The second time I made this, we had it with Jeera rice and that was a fantastic combo as well 🙂   

Can I skip the garlic in this dal?

Yes, if you don’t eat or prefer garlic, you can skip, although we loved it

Can I make this in bulk and freeze?

I haven’t tried cooking in bulk, but I assume this should freeze well for a week (not sure beyond that)

I dont have Baby spinach? What else can I use? 

Fenugreek leaves (methi) or kale would also work well. Sprinkle some salt on the kale – leave it for some time and squeeze out some of the bitterness. And then use after sautéing the kale.

Can this Dal be made in the Instant Pot / Pressure cooker?

Certainly can be. Cooking times may vary slightly.  Refer Notes below. 

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Lasooni Zucchini Dal is a Gluten Free and Vegan Zucchini Dal with Baby Spinach and Garlic  . Served with steamed Rice / RotiPin

Let’s make Lasooni Zucchini Dal – Gluten Free and Vegan Zucchini Dal with Baby Spinach and Garlic  

Cuisine – Indian, Course – Side Dish / Accompaniment

Prep Time – 10 mins, Cook time – 15 mins, Serves – 3 

  • 150 grams Zucchini (washed and cubed) 
  • 100 grams Baby Spinach 
  • 1/4 cup Red Lentil (Masoor dal)
  • 3 TBSP Split Green Gram (Moong dal)
  • 2 green chillies (adjust spice) 
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric 
  • 4 cloves of garlic 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice

Tempering:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 red chilly 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

How to make Lasooni Zucchini Dal?

  1. Wash and soak the lentils in hot water for 10 mins. 
  2. Meanwhile wash and shred  the baby spinach. Cut the zucchini into cubes.
  3. In a pressure pan, add the soaked dals, baby spinach, zucchini, half the salt , slit green chillies, garlic cloves and turmeric
  4. Add 1/4 cup of water and pressure cook for just 1 whistle (be sure to soak the dals in hot water – refer 1st step-  prior to cooking) 
  5. Let the pressure drop on its own. Mash it lightly and add the rest of the salt and mix well. 
  6. In a small pan, add the oil splutter the mustard seeds, red chilly and cumin seeds.
  7. Let the seeds splutter. 
  8. Add this tempering to the zucchini Dal. 
  9. Finish with lemon juice and serve hot with Steamed rice / Roti 

Notes (If making in Instant Pot)

  1. Soak dals as above.
  2. Add all the veggies, dal with a little more water. Pressure HIGH for 6 mins. NPR for 10 mins.
  3. Mash the dal well.
  4. In a pan, make tempering + Saute garlic and baby spinach separately.
  5. Add to dal in the IP and saute for 5 mins. Serve hot.
Lasooni Zucchini Dal is a Gluten Free and Vegan Zucchini Dal with Baby Spinach and Garlic  . Served with steamed Rice / RotiPin

Lasooni Zucchini Dal with Spinach

Kalyani
Lasooni Zucchini Dal is a Gluten Free and Vegan Zucchini Dal with Baby Spinach and Garlic  . Served with steamed Rice / Roti
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Accompaniment, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 3 servings

Equipment

  • 1 Pressure Cooker Optionally can use Instant Pot (See Notes for details)
  • 1 Ladle

Ingredients
  

  • 150 grams Zucchini washed and cubed
  • 100 grams Baby Spinach can use fenugreek leaves / kale / Normal Spinach too!
  • 1/4 cup split red lentils Masoor dal
  • 3 TBSP Split Green gram Moong dal
  • 2 Green Chillies adjust spice
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 4 Garlic pods
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice

Tempering

  • 1 tsp Oil any neutral oil will work
  • 1 Dry red chilly
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds jeera
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds

Instructions
 

  • Wash and soak the lentils in hot water for 10 mins.
  • Meanwhile wash and shred the baby spinach. Cut the zucchini into cubes.
  • In a pressure pan, add the soaked dals, baby spinach, zucchini, half the salt , slit green chillies, garlic cloves and turmeric
  • If using Instant Pot, see NOTES below!
  • Add 1/4 cup of water and pressure cook for just 1 whistle (be sure to soak the dals in hot water – refer 1st step- prior to cooking)
  • Let the pressure drop on its own. Mash it lightly and add the rest of the salt and mix well.
  • In a small pan, add the oil splutter the mustard seeds, red chilly and cumin seeds.
  • Let the seeds splutter.
  • Add this tempering to the zucchini Dal.
  • Finish with lemon juice and serve hot with Steamed rice / Roti

Notes

If using INSTANT POT:
  1. Soak dals as above.
  2. Add all the veggies, dal with a little more water. Pressure HIGH for 6 mins. NPR for 10 mins.
  3. Mash the dal well.
  4. In a pan, make tempering + Saute garlic and baby spinach separately.
  5. Add to dal in the IP and saute for 5 mins. Serve hot.
Keyword Dal Curry, Dals, Easy Side, Gluten Free, Indian Dals, Indian Style Dal with Zucchini, Side dish for Chapati, Sides, Vegan, Vegan Zucchini Dal, Zucchini Dal
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8 Comments

  1. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Hubby bought a whole bunch of zucchini. I know exactly where I am using some..this lasooni zucchini dal looks so inviting and delicious. Going to enjoy it with some rice.

  2. 5 stars
    Garlic infused zucchini daal looks right up my alley. Zucchini we get in plenty and the other ingredients are pantry staples. So easy fix dinner.

  3. 5 stars
    Zucchini dal with spinach and garlic in it sounds awesome. Such a good way to use it in an Indian dish.

  4. 5 stars
    Zucchini dal is indeed an interesting recipe.i often make dal with cucumber but now I know how to replace cucumber with zucchini..it will be a super hit with parathas …

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