Saturday 11 February 2012

Mas(h)oor Dal Palak

Kopal loves dal. When I visited her a few years ago, she had made dal along with chicken, paneer & two other dishes for dinner. A confirmed non-vegetarian then, I relished the other items while the dal was consciously ignored. Later I heard her complaining to Ma, 'Didi dal nahi khaayein!' With the scorn of a mansahari I wondered who eats dal when there's chicken!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The clock has turned. Kopal has taken to chicken & I have taken to dal. Now I cook non-veg for the family & dal for myself! The Gods are smiling from above. And so is Kopal from Bangalore:)

Stop grinning, people. This is a mast recipe! Kha kar toh dekho Lehsuni Dal Palak.

We need:
1. Masoor Dal(Red Lentil)- 1cup
2. Chopped: 
   i . Palak(Spinach)- 2-3 cups
   ii. Tomat0- 1 cup
   iii. Garlic- 3-4 cloves
   iv. Green Chillies- as preferred
   v. Onion,Ginger,Cilantro(optional) 
3. Cumin Seeds- 1/2tsp
4. Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
5. Salt- to taste
6. Oil- to cook

 1. Let the cumin seeds crackle in the hot oil.

2. Add the chopped garlic & stir for 2 mins.( If you are adding onion & ginger, do so now)

 3. Add the chopped tomato, green chillies, turmeric & salt. Fry till tomato softens.

 4. Toss in the chopped spinach & fry for 2-3 mins.

 5. Add the masoor dal  & fry for 2 mins.

6. Add 2 cups water & pressure cook on high flame till the first whistle. And on medium for the second. 

Serve with a dollop of desi ghee. C'mon Girl, you are having your protein & greens. Why deprive yourself of the ghee. GO INDULGE!

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