Servs: 4 Makes: 4 Prep: Cook:
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!
- 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
- 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. In a pan, cook palak/spinach leaves with enough salt and water.
- 3. After it gets cooked, smash it with masher and keep it aside.
- 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. In a frying pan, put one tsp olive oil.
- 6. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
- 7. Add chopped onion and fry till it becomes soft.
- 8. Add ginger garlic and green chilli paste and fry till the raw smell disappears.
- 9. Add chopped tomatoes and fry till it gets cooked.
- 10. Add turmeric powder, dhaniya (coriander) powder, (red) chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt ( if needed) and fry for a while.
- 11. Add the cooked palak/spinach leaves and cooked bengal gram daal.
- 12. Boil till all the masala(spices mixed with onion adn tomatoes) gets completely mixed with dal and palak mixture.
- 13. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or Basmati rice.