Monday, February 8, 2010

Green Gram Lentil with Spinach (Moong Dal with Palak)

One of my colleagues is from India and we frequently exchange recipes and overall really enjoy cooking and sharing. She gave me this recipe to try and it came out quite delicious. It is a wonderful dish for dinner and a small cup of it can be part of lunch.

Here is what you'll need:

1 cup of split Green Gram Lentil (Moong Dal)

2 to 3 cups chopped Spinach

1 tea spoon chili Powder

1/2 tea spoon turmeric powder
1 tsp hing (Asafetida)

2 table spoons of butter

1 tea spoon chopped garlic

1 tea spoon graded ginger

salt to taste

Wash and soak lentils for 30 min to and hour. Cook lentils and turmeric, chili powder and salt in presser cooker for about 20 minutes after the presser build or about 40- 45 minutes using regular method. Lentils should be very soft. Mash lentils with the spoon. Add the spinach, mix thoroughly and cook for about 4 minutes.

Melt butter in the pan, add garlic and saute till fragrant, add ginger and hing. pour over lentils. Mix thoroughly.

Enjoy with balsamati rice.

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