Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dal palak -Lentil with spinach

       This one of the most loved dishes in my home.It has the goodness of greens and proteins from lentils.Goes very well with rice or chappatis.If made a little thin,can be had almost like a soup.The goodness and smell of fresh spinach makes me want to eat bowl fulls of this lovely dish.
Bengal gram lentils                   100gms
Chopped spinach                     2 cups
chopped tomatoes                    2 nos
chopped onions                        1 no
chopped garlic                          1 tbsp
chopped ginger                         1/2 tsp
chopped green chilli                  1 no
lime juice                                  1-2 tsp
chilli powder                             1/2 tsp
coriander powder                      1 tbsp
tumeric powder                         1/2 tsp
garam masala                            1/4 tsp
bay leaf                                     1 no
cloves                                       3 nos
cumin seeds                               1 tsp
salt to taste
Ghee/oil                                    1 tbsp
Soak lentils (chana dal) for 30 mins.Pressure cook with water,tumeric and salt to 2 whistles in pressure cooker.
Heat ghee/oil and add hing and cumin seeds.Put in the bay leaf and cloves and let them colour.
Put in ginger and garlic and let them get golden.Now add chopped onions and let them cook till golden brown.Now put chilli powder, coriander and garam masala and stir well.
Now add the tomatoes and let them cook well together.Drop in chopped spinach and mix well.Simmer for 5 mins.Pour in the boiled lentils and mix well.Adjust consistency by adding more water if required.Boil for about 10 mins.Finally pour in the lime juice and serve piping hot with rotis or rice.

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