Thursday, 11 June 2009

Spinach Dal/Palak Dal

I remember having this curry once long long back when my mom prepared it. I dont remember her preparing it after that. I am definite she must have forgotten that wonderful recipe. This is such an easy and healthy dish that I planned to include it in my 'lazy day' recipes. Since it is quite mild even the kids will love it, my little toddler do! Hmm, well I was doing some research on this particular dish and found out that many of them added little chilli powder to it. Im happy with this recipe, but, next time I make it, I would try by adding little chilli powder along with turmeric and update you guys. Here is the recipe that I got from Lakshmi Nair's Show.
Update: I made palak dal Yesterday again, and added 1 tsp of kashmiri chilli powder along with turmeric. It gave a different colour to the curry. A slight orange colour rather than the mild yellow, I would say and I also reduced number of green chillies to 1 instead of having three of them. I dint find any difference in the taste, but if you like the light orange colour to the curry, you can add Chilli powder. Else just leave it.

Ingredients:
1 cup Moog dal (Spil yellow gram/lentils)(ചെറുപയര്‍ പരിപ്പ്)
250g Frozen spinach or fresh - chopped
3 large cloves Garlic
3 green chillies, slit legthwise
2 small onions chopped (1 cup)
2 medium tomato chopped ( around 1 cup)
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
2 tbs oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 tsp Cumin seeds

Preparation:
1. Wash dal and Pressure cook them along with 3 cups of water until soft. Mash them and keep them aside.
2. Heat a saucepan, add oil. When hot, splutter cumin seeds. Quickly add chopped garlic, onion and green chillies and saute until the onion become soft and starts turning golden.
3. Add turmeric powder and chopped tomatoes. Cover and cook until tomatoes go soft.
4. Add the cooked dal and spinach and 1/2 cup of water if needed and cook for 15 minutes until the spinach is cooked.
5. Add coconut milk and salt and just bring to boil. Serve hot with rice, chappathi etc..


This recipe goes for the 'My Legume Love Affair'event Hosted by Annasara which is started by Susan.












This recipe also goes for the CFK event Hosted by Pavani of cook’s hideout started by Sharmi of neivedyam .


14 comments:

Pavithra said...

Wow thats really lovely dhal shabs.. and gr8 click. and that green chutney is normal coconut chutney with coriander u can check in the chutney categories in my blog. ANd idli rice is available in the gorcery store.. let me know if u need help. THanks for dropping by

Pavithra said...

http://dishesfrommykitchen.blogspot.com/2009/05/onion-rice-idli-rice-idli-in-leftover.html

here is the link to coconut chutney which i have posted with onion idli recipe

Nithya said...

Lovely dal and the rose is perfect.. :)

Superchef said...

i love the combo of dal and greens. That tomato flower on it looks good..adds some colour to the dal.

Sowmya said...

Wow, adding coc.milk is something new to me..I make this with tur dal. Your version looks good too Shabs :)

Btw, ur profile pic looks great..

Pooja said...

Creamy yummy palak dal! I too resort to this when I feel lazy to cook up something. But I love it. Never tried making with coconut milk though. Will try it next time.

Shabs.. said...

Thx Pavithra, nithya, superchef,sowmya and Pooja for stopping by and compliments...
Sowmya, the name of Dal is always confusing for me even the looks of them.I shud say still i dono the nam eof most of them. So i had to do some research to make sure Im using the right one...But i think this can be made with other dal as well...

Divya Vikram said...

This is comfort food made healthy!

MamaFaMi said...

Enjoy it with pitta bread will be yummy! I like the rose too...

Parita said...

Looks healthy and nutritious, zou can send this to CFK where the theme is green leafy veggies

Shabs.. said...

Divya, thx..:)

Mamafami, thx for stopping by..

Parita...where is theCFK event. wud love to send this...thx for the info and compliments too:)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Shabs, a lazy days recipe should be renamed as healthy receipe... Love the color and they way its made!!!

SamanthaPayntr said...

This dish was so simple and easy to prepare, yet it was SO delicious. I love the sweetness of the dal mixed with the cumin, mmmmm, so yummy. And the coconut milk makes it divine!

Shabs.. said...

Hi samantha, Thx for ur feedback....iam glad u loved it:)...loved the way u described it.

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