July 31, 2013

Dal Palak

Sometimes "Simple is better"! Especially with a recipe like this, I can totally relate to the phrase! With a few basic ingredients and a handful of lentils, this recipe goes a long way in fulfilling hungry stomachs & hearts! A bowl of hot dal palak, roti/rice and a cup of yogurt makes a hearty, healthy & comforting meal.

This recipe is really simple & quick that you can put it up in a jiffy! Effectively, this recipe needs only 15 mins of your time, as the dal has to simmer & cook in the remaining time. Ideal for anyone who is low on energy or hard-pressed for time!

Basic Info
Complexity - Simple
Prep time - 5 mins
Cook time - 25 mins
Serves - 3-4

Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Garlic - 2 cloves (grated)
Ginger - 1 inch (grated)
Green chillies - 2 nos (slit)
Onion - 1 no (small, chopped)
Tomato - 1 no (chopped)
Moong dal - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Spinach leaves - 1 bunch (or) 2 cups, packed tightly (roughly chopped)
Oil - 1 tsp

Heat oil in a medium sauce pan. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Next, add the slit green chilli, grated ginger, grated garlic and stir for a min. Add chopped onion and stir until soft. Add chopped tomatoes and cook on medium for about 5 mins. To this, add moong dal and stir for 2 more minutes.

Add 3 cups of water, turmeric powder, salt and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat to simmer. Cover the saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes until moong dal is done. Using the back of a ladle, lightly mash the dal & tomatoes. Add spinach leaves and let it cook for couple of mins. Add more water to the dal and adjust to the required consistency.

Serve hot with roti.

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