Friday, August 1, 2008

Dal - Palak II (Moong Dal with Spinach)


1/2 cup moong dal

1 cup chopped spinach/palak

1/2 cup Coconut Milk

2 red onions (finely chopped)

4-5 cloves garlic (minced)

1 big tomato(finely chopped)

3-4 green chillies (slit)

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp oil

For seasoning

1 tsp oil

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

3-4 dry red chillies

a handful of curry leaves


Wash the moong dal. Add the chopped spinach, 1 cup water, turmeric powder and pressure cook till the dal is well cooked (approx 5-6 whistles)

In a pan, heat oil.
Saute the chopped onions and garlic. Add the slit green chillies and saute till the onions are light golden.

Add the chopped tomatoes. Cover and cook till the tomatoes are soft and the oil separates from it.

Add the cooked and mashed dal with spinach. Add 1/2 cup water or more based on the required consistency.
When it begins to boil, bring the stove to a simmer and add the coconut milk.
Cook on simmer for a few mins. Add salt to taste and turn off the heat.

To season: Heat a tsp of oil in a small frying pan. Add the cumin seeds and wait till it crackles. Add the dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry for a min.

Add the seasoning to the gravy.

Pour into a serving bowl & serve hot with rice/roti.

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