• Preeti Shridhar

Dal Palak, Red Lentil with Spinach

Masoor dal or Red Lentils are power packed with nutrients and has immeasurable health benefits. It doesn't need soaking and gets cooked in just one whistle in pressure cooker.

Red Lentil is available as split dal and whole also. I somehow prefer the whole one.

In winters I enjoy this dal with spinach, making it even more nutritious.

Today I served it with Bajra Rotis(Pearl Millet flat bread).

You can also make this dal without onion and garlic. Trust me ,it tastes equally good.



Ingredients

Masoor pink dal (Red Lentils) 1 1/3 cup

Spinach 3 cups tightly packed 180 gms

Water 2 cup

Salt 2 tsp

Ghee 3 tbsp

Asaefotida a pinch

Cumin Seeds 1 tsp

Green Chili 1 finely chopped

Onion 1 large finely chopped

Garlic 2 tsp finely chopped (optional)

Tomatoes 2 large chopped

Ginger 2 tsp grated

Red Chili pd 2 tsp

Turmeric powder 1 tsp

Cloves 4

Peppercorn 4

Lemon juice 2 tsp.


Tempering

Ghee 1 tbsp

Red whole chili. 1

Red chili powder 1/2 tsp



Method:


1. Wash and chop the spinach very finely.

2. Wash the lentils 3 times in running water

3. Pressure cook lentils with spinach ,two cups water and salt for one wistle

4. Let the pressure drop naturally , open the pressure cooker and mix the contents well

5. Heat ghee in a large pan/ kadhai , add asaefotida and cumin seeds

6. When the cumin seeds turn golden add green chili, garlic ( if using) and onion in this order.

7. Fry on low heat till onions turn soft and pink.

8. Add tomatoes and ginger.

9. Cook covered on low heat till tomatoes soften.

10. Mash the tomatoes with the back of a ladle , add red chili powder and turmeric powder. Mix well

11. Crush cloves and peppercorn in a mortar and pestle, add it to the pan.

12. Cook till oil floats on top

13. Pour the lentils into the pan mix well

14. Add 1 cup water , bring it to a boil.

15. Let it simmer for 5 mins

16. Add lemon juice

17. Taste and adjust seasoning

18. Check the consistency of the lentils , add boiling water accordingly.

19. Before serving heat ghee in a small pan, add whole chili .

20. Add red chili powder

21. Pour over hot dal

22. Serve immediately

23. Pairs well with Indian Bread and white rice.

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