May 9, 2013

Dal Palak

Dal Palak is Spinach and Lentils cooked together to form a delicious accompaniment to rice or chapati.
I love Spinach.
The smooth texture of spinach, when combines with lentils – split Pigeon Peas – Tur Dal gives a delectable result. There might be hardly anybody who dislikes Dal Palak (I hope!)  Needless to say, it’s a very a healthy food. Greens must be included in out diet at least once a week. And more so, when a dish like Dal Palak is so easy to prepare. Garlic gives a very nice flavour to this dal. I always add garlic to my dal palak in the seasoning and call it Lasooni Dal Palak :)

Hold your laugh!! Don’t even start to wonder why I made the poor Green Chilli pose for this one.😑 I have no clue either. Probably, the camera got fascinated by the beautiful, long chilli in the veggie bag. Also, one of them did go into the recipe. There is no red chilli powder in this dal.

Dal Palak

Spinach/Palak – 1 bunch or 2 cups when chopped
Tur Dal/Lentils – 1 cup
Tomato – 1 large
Garlic – 5-6 cloves
Green chilli – 1 (or more)
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Rasam powder – 1 tsp (optional)
Curry leaves – 5-6

How I prepare:
1.     Cook the lentils/tur dal in pressure cooker with enough water upto 4-5 whistles.
2.    Heat oil in a pan. When hot, add cumin seeds. As they crackle, add finely chopped garlic. Ah! Garlic and Palak!
3.    Next add chopped tomatoes and slit green chilli right when the garlic starts slightly brown. Let it cook well. Add curry leaves, turmeric powder, asafoetida, salt and 1 tsp of rasam (or sambhar) powder. Rasam powder is optional. It works for a change in taste once a while.
4.    When the tomatoes are mushy, add chopped Palak and wait until it is cooked well.
5.     Palak will shrink soon. After 1 -2 minutes, pour the cooked tur dal into it and mix well.
6.     Simmer for 10-12 minutes.
7.     Serve hot with rice.

Normally I don’t use coriander leaves in this dal.

The brand ambassador of Spinach for ages, Popeye the sailor man, would also have loved Dal Palak. Where did he disappear by the way? Sigh! Washing the green leaves is the only irksome job. You never really can be satisfied with one wash. Enjoy a comfort meal with rice, ghee and dal palak. Taste bhi, health bhi!

Dal Palak

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