Paalak Daal

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A simple delicious Indian recipe made of Paalak (Spinach) and Chana Daal (Bengal Gram) which also happens to be one of the very few healthy foods I can prepare :) I was surprised about the Chana Daal facts given in this blog http://www.mendosa.com/chanadal.html Chana Daal happens to be one of the best options (taste and very low glycemic index) for people with Diabetes!

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  • add   * Half cup of bengal gram dal
  • add   * One bunch of palak leaves
  • add   * One medium sized onion (finely chopped)
  • add   * One tomato (finely chopped)
  • add   * 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • add   * 1/2 tsp green chilli paste
  • add   * 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • add   * 1/2tsp turmeric powder
  • add   * 1/2 tsp daniya powder
  • add   * 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • add   * 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • add   * One tsp olive oil
  • add   * Salt as required

Instructions

  1. 1. Remove the palak (Spinach) leaves from the stalk and wash thoroughly and chop into fine leaves. (Usually I use the frozen chopped Spinach)
  2. 2. In a pan, cook palak/spinach leaves with enough salt and water.
  3. 3. After it gets cooked, smash it with masher and keep it aside.
  4. 4. Soak chana (bengal gram) daal for half an hour and cook the daal with enough salt and water in a pressure cooker till it becomes soft.
  5. 5. In a frying pan, put one tsp olive oil.
  6. 6. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
  7. 7. Add chopped onion and fry till it becomes soft.
  8. 8. Add ginger garlic and green chilli paste and fry till the raw smell disappears.
  9. 9. Add chopped tomatoes and fry till it gets cooked.
  10. 10. Add turmeric powder, dhaniya (coriander) powder, (red) chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt ( if needed) and fry for a while.
  11. 11. Add the cooked palak/spinach leaves and cooked bengal gram daal.
  12. 12. Boil till all the masala(spices mixed with onion adn tomatoes) gets completely mixed with dal and palak mixture.
  13. 13. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or Basmati rice.
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ChefsugNote From The Chef

SuperCooker 00:58, 11 Jul 2009

Got this recipe from this blog http://healthydietforyou.wordpress.com/2009/01/11/palak-and-channa-dal/ Suggestions: Add one or two dried red chilles after adding cumins seeds and saute until the color changes slightly

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