Today I am sharing a healthy recipe of dal palak which is an easy and quick recipe to be paired with rice and roti. Dal itself adds goodness to your meal however, addition of Spinach or Palak leaves can make it more nutritious and tasty. As we all know Palak is a very good source of Iron which we (especially women) should include in our diet. Women often suffer from anemia due to iron deficiency. Are you Anemic? Please read this article (Published in Smart Indian Women Website) to know the tips to combat anemia.
Coming back to the recipe, I have followed this recipe of dal palak from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. If you are bored of eating same dal everyday, then you should try this recipe for sure. At times we do not get time to cook leafy vegetables separately. Dal palak is the easiest way to add palak into your daily diet. Even kids often does not want to eat green leafy vegetables. But if you add leaves to the dal they don’t complaint as most of the kids prefer dal as part of their meal.
Dal Palak / Palak Dal / Spinach in Split Green Gram Skinless
Yellow Moong Dal (Split Green Gram Skinless) – 2/3 cup
Spinach Leaves – 10 to 12 (torn or chopped in pieces)
Turmeric Powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Asafoetida – a pinch
Onion – 1 medium, chopped
Garlic – 3 to 4 pods, chopped
Ginger – 1/2 inch, chopped
Cumin Seeds – 1 teaspoon
Green Chilli – 2, chopped
Lime Juice – few drops
Refined Oil – 11/2 tablespoon
Wash and soak the dal for 20 minutes. Now boil the dal with the addition of 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, salt and a pinch of asafoetida. I used pressure cooker and put 2 to 3 whistles. Now heat oil in a wok and add cumin seeds. Once they started spattering, add chopped garlic, ginger and green chilli. Next goes chopped onion and fry till they are brown. Now add remaining turmeric powder. Finally add boiled dal and adjust the water level. When dal starts boiling add chopped spinach leaves and boil for another 5 minutes. Before switching off the gas add lime juice and serve it with plain rice or roti.