May 5, 2009

* Hariyali Dal *

3/4 cup masoor dal
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1/2 tsp amchoor powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 cup finely chopped spinach leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh methi leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 tbsp desi ghee
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
1-2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tomato, finely chopped
1 tbsp thick curds, whisked
Salt to taste, pinch of black pepper powder

Soak the dal for 1/2 hour. Pressure cook for 5-6 whisltes. Remove, add the masala powders and mash lightly.
Heat the ghee in a non-stick saucepan and add the cumin. When it cackles, add the onion and chillies and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the ginger-garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add all the green leaves, curds, dal, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
Garnish with onion rings and tomato slices and serve hot.

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