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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Palak Dal (Lentils With Spinach)



I have come across many different recipes of palak dals in my younger days, but I feel adding spinach at the end brings in more nutritive value and retains the lovely color also. I generally make this with toor dal.



A very good way to replenish the protein requirement of the body, this preparation is just the thing one can order. For me I can camouflage the spinach with the dal and make my son eat it without any suspicion.


Ingredients:
1/2 cup Toor Dal /Pigeon peas or Aarhar dal
1 bunch of Spinach leaves, washed thoroughly
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Red chilly powder
Salt according to taste
Water as required


For the tempering (tadka)
1 Onion, cut vertically into thin slices
2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
5-6 Garlic pods, finely chopped
1 tsp Kashmiri red chilly powder
1 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 Whole red chilly
Fistful of spinach leaves, roughly chopped
2-3 tbsp Ghee


Method:
Wash the lentils properly and soak in water for half an hour. Add lentils, water, salt and 1 tsp oil in a pressure cooker. Set on high flame till 1st whistle and then reduce the heat. Cook for another 10-12 minutes or until it is cooked. Remove from heat and allow steam to escape.
Cut the spinach leaves roughly, mash the dal slightly with the back of wooden laddle and now add it to the dal and cover.


Heat ghee in a frying pan, add whole red chilly, cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, pinch of salt and fry until it starts leaving oil. Add remaining palak leaves and add red chilly powder for color just before taking the fried mixture off from the heat. Add this tadka immediately to the cooked dal and put it back on flame for 5 minutes. Serve this delicious, flavoury dal with parotha or roti.




45 comments:

  1. Wow, good girl, you are preparing such good food for your active son and sharing with us too - me love palak dal a lot too, but have not tried adding garlic so far, will try out now.

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  2. WOW I am making it tommorrow. looks awesome and tasty :) I loved ur matka from where did u buy

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  3. yummy another palak preparation, wud try it out for sure as even my son doesnt like palak and if i disguise it he wud eat it. though he is not a kiddo but this variety of dal with palak is good one yaar

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  4. WowwwwwwwYummy looking and cute presentation. Love the mutka too

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  5. Vsiting your blog after a long time, I am caught up in different things. I quite like this dal recipe, I will surely try it when winter sets in and the spinach is really fresh and yummy.

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  6. Rajani: I add garlic in this because I love the flavour but you can completely skip onions and garlic here. Thanks for visiting after a long time...

    Khadyaa: I bought this charming mutki from Chennai

    Meena: I find this extremely tasty, do try this and let me know the outcome. :)

    Shanti jee & Shilpi thanks...onek din pore tomar comment pore bhalo laglo

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  7. This is a very very fav comfort food in our home - we make it often and enjoy it each time - your pictures make me drool! Looks uber yummy!

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  8. Healthy n yummy palak dal with wonderful presentation

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  9. My favorite gravy with rice as well as chapatis. Nice matka. You did the painting Deeps?

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  10. I make palak daal often but everytime with moong dal....have to try ur version....love the clicks....

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  11. My kind of comforting food, love garlic flavour in dals too.

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  12. looks very healthy and nice pics..

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  13. That dal looks fantastic deepa. BTW I loved that clay pot? where did you get that from?

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  14. dal looks delicious. I love that pot. so cute

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  15. I love the pot am a crazy fan of such pots.. And I made a palak recipe today, Superb coincidence :)

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  16. Healthy and nice one. Love those cute pots

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  17. Luv the "Handi" ....... looks so rustic n beautiful :) Palak Daal is such a comfort food ...... luv it.

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  18. Its my favorite & I love the way you have prepared & put for show.

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  19. Nice way to include palak in routine daal and curries..looks delicious, loved the cute matki and the presentation

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  20. healthy and delicious.. loved ur presentation:)
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  21. A very healthy recipe...I love adding spinach to dals..Love your cute pot.

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  22. I havent prepared Palak dal for a long time now. I keep forgetting how versatile Indian food can be, I'm very much tempted to give this a try.'
    Awesome clicks by the way :-)

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  23. healthy n yummy ...my all time fav....love the presentation!

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  24. Love the presentation,healthy comfort food.

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  25. delicious and innovative recipe... beautiful presentation..

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  26. dal palak is absolutely one of my favorites !!!I make it almost the same way...ur presentation is awesome dear !!!loved that clay pot !!!!!

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  27. love palak dal..and that cute cute matka is so desirable :)

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  28. Deepa, a lovely combo.....and the presentation is really fabulous.....

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  29. blr er eitai subidhe sara bachor methishaak, dhonepata, palong paoya jay. tumi winter er katha mone korie dile ei asadharon dal ta die.

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  30. palak dal is my hubby's favorite Deepa, you done very well.

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  31. Hi ,

    I'm Punitha from http://www.southindiafoodrecipes.blogspot.in

    Your way of presentation is very different:)

    Looks delicious!!!

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  32. This is my family favourite..we call this keerai koottu.. :) comforting and gentle on tummy! goes with anything too..
    love the tadka!
    and hugs for the compliments, deepa :)
    was thinking of doing a 'phototips' post and had been thinking whether I am a good photographer..now I feel so confident..after the win! and also all the good words form readers like you! :) thanks again, dear!!

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  33. healthy, hearty & filling dal! nice homely recipe deepa :)

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  34. tasty daal......lovely pics..like the pot !!

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  35. Omg!!! Let me burp first dearie...oops excuse me! Hehe..

    What a brilliant photography! The pot caught my eyes..so cute! Awesome dish...

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  36. looks so yummy :) I love the pot too..

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  37. This is my all time favorite dhal...looks more delicious in that cute lil pot.

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  38. All time comfort dal! I love the clay pot n the laddle..nice presentation! In fact those two items stole the show than the dal! :)

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