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Masoor Dal Palak/Spinach with Red Lentils

  • Masoor Dal Palak/Spinach with Red Lentils:

  • Ingredients:
         1. Red Lentils/Masoor Dal (1 small bowl)
         2. Spinach (1 no bunch)
         3. Oil (1 tblspn)
         4. Mustard seeds (rai)
         5. Cumin seeds (jeera)
         6. Garlic-ginger paste/wet masala
         7. Red chilli powder/Green chillies (4-5 no chopped)
         8. Onion (1 no chopped)
         9. Tomato (1 no chopped)
        10. Asafoetida/Hing (half tspn)
        11. Salt to taste
        12. Turmeric powder

  • Preparation & Cooking (Method 1):
          1. Wash and clean the spinach leaves.
          2. Cook the red lentil/masoor dal. Cook it 80% the dal looks light orange
               in color.
          3. Heat oil in a wok/kadhai,add mustard & cumin seeds.
          4. Add the hing/asafoetida & turmeric powder,saute for 1 min.
          5. Add the chopped onion,garlic-ginger paste/wet masala,saute for 
             2-3 mins.
          6. Add the chopped green chillies,tomato saute for 4-5 mins.
          7. Side by side shred the spinach and add to the kadhai/wok.
          8. Cook the spinach for 10 mins and add the red lentil/masoor dal.
          9. Add salt to taste and mix all the ingredients. Cook for 5 mins.
         10. The masoor dal palak is ready to eat.
         11. Serve the dal with roti & rice.

  • Serves: Three.

  • Preparation & Cooking (Method 2):
          1. Wash & clean the spinach/palak leaves & keep aside.
          2. Heat oil in a wok/kadhai, add mustard & cumin seeds.
          3. After the seeds crackle add the chopped onion & saute for 2-3 mins till
             it is light brown in color.
          4. Add ginger-garlic paste/wet masala,turmeric powder & saute for 2-3 mins.
          5. Add the hing powder/asafoetida,red chilli powder  & chopped tomatoes.
          6. Mix well & saute all the ingredients for sometime.
          7. Wash the masoor dal & add to the curry. Add salt to taste.
          8. Add some less than half cup of water, mix well.
          9. Cover the lid & cook for 4-5 mins.
         10. Side by side chop the spinach leaves & keep ready.
         11. After the dal has absorbed water & the water is almost  over add the 
               chopped spinach leaves & mix well with all the ingredients.
         12. Cover the lid and cook the sabji for 10-15 mins.
         13. Add water only if required.
         14. The masoor dal palak is ready.

  • Notes:   
         1. In the second method you will get nice red green sabji. Red/orange color of
             the dal & green of the palak.
         2. Also in second method you don't have to cook the dal separately & require 
            less water as the dal & palak cook in the water content of the spinach leaves.
         3. Easy method (second) for working ladies as all the activities are done 

            Well anyways its all about cooked food for our digestion. You can make it by
            any of the two methods. Only thing the color natural color of the dal & spinach
            leaves make it attractive by the second method. Try this masoor dal palak by
            whichever method you like and post your comments how it turned out & tasted.

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