Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spincah Dhal - Version II

A really soothing dish....Suits really well with chapathi

About Dhal:

Dal (also spelled dahl or daal) or 'thuvaram paruppu' in Tamil or Pappu in Telugu is a preparation of pulses (dried lentilspeas orbeans) which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It also refers to the thick stew prepared from these pulses, an important part of IndianNepaliPakistaniSri LankanWest Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. It is regularly eaten with rice in southern India, and with both rice and roti (wheat-based flat bread) throughout northern India and Pakistan as well as BangladeshEast India, and Nepalwhere Dal Baht (literally: dal and rice) is the staple food for much of the population. Dal is a ready source of proteins for a balanced diet containing little or no meat. Sri Lankan cooking of dal resembles that of southern Indian dishes.

About Spinach:

Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source of vitamin A (and especially high in lutein), vitamin Cvitamin Evitamin Kmagnesiummanganesefolatebetaineiron,vitamin B2calciumpotassiumvitamin B6folic acidcopperproteinphosphoruszincniacinselenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Recently, opioid peptides called rubiscolins have also been found in spinach.
Polyglutamyl folate (vitamin B9 or folic acid) is a vital constituent of cells, and spinach is a good source of folic acid. Boiling spinach can more than halve the level of folate left in the spinach, but microwaving does not affect folate content.[8] Vitamin B9 was first isolated from spinach in 1941.[9]


Spinach - 3 cups
Masoor Dhal - 1/4 cup cook to 5 whistles in pressure cooker with turmeric pd and hing
Tomato - 2
Oil -
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tbsp
Curry Leaf -  1 sprig
Turmeric Pd - 1 tsp
Green Chillies - 3 chopped
Garam Masala - 1 tsp


Take a pan add oil ,then add mustard seeds ,then cumin seeds once they splutter add spinach ,green chillies and mix well with turmeric....then add tomato , salt and cooked dhal....if needed add a tsp of garam masala.....

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