May 6, 2009

* Dal Palak *

1 cup yellow moong dal
3 cups water
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups spinach leaves, chopped
2 tsp amchur powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder
Salt to taste
Grind for the masala paste:
10 cloves garlic
1-inch piece ginger
2 green chillies

Soak the dal in 1 cup of water for half an hour. Add 2 cups water and a pinch of salt and boil the dal till cooked.
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the cumin, when it cackles, add the onion and fry till golden. Add the masala paste and fry till you get a nice aroma.
Add the tomatoes and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach, amchur, turmeric and chilli powder and stir well.
Add the dal and salt and stir. Add more water if required.
Cover and cook on a low flame for about 4-5 minutes. Garnish with lemon slices and slit green chillies and serve hot.

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