Thursday, 17 May 2012

Palak Dal (Saag Dal) or Spinach and Yellow Split Peas

So when I tell you that Indian food can be healthy, I mean it. This dish is full of things that are good for us, but you wouldn't know it to taste it. It is also crazy easy to make and ready in under a half an hour. It makes a meal in itself, but you can also serve it with brown rice.
Here is what you will need

one large yellow onion, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons of canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (these are generous half teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder (again, generous)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper powder

Saute in the pressure-cooker until the onions start to become translucent.

Add three heaping cups of fresh spinach (which is what I had today, but you can use a geneous cup of frozen spinach, too) 

Saute until the spinach cooks down quite a bit:

Add 1 tablespoon of coriander powder, 2 small roughly sliced tomatoes, and one heaping cup of yellow split dal and saute the whole mixture for about a minute or so:

Cover this with three cups of water, seal the pressure-cooker and cook on high for 18 minutes.

Take the lid off, add a squeeze of lemon, 1 teaspoon of garam masala, and check for salt (mine usually needs a pinch). Garnish with fresh coriander (cilantro) if desired. Serve on its own or with rice.

Serves 4-6.

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