Spinach and Dhal curry 02

This is a South Indian style of cooking spinach and lentil.

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Preparation Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 10-15 mins

Serves : 5-6

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Main Ingredient : Beans/Pulses Vegetables
Recipe Type : Dinner Lunch

Ingredients :


  • Spinach - 200g
  • Mung dal - 100g
  • Indian onion shallots - 7-8 or 1 small onion
  • Tomato - 1/2
  • Green chilli - 1 for medium spicy or 2 for very spicy
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Ghee - 2 tsp or Butter - 10g (optional)
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Water - as required

Spice powders:

  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Chilli powder - ¼ tsp

Method :
  1. Rinse the dal and drain it.
  2. ** Heat a pressure cooker pan on the stove.
  3. ** Add dal, about 200ml of water and turmeric powder.
  4. ** Cover and pressure cook. Switch off after first whistle and open when the pressure is gone.
  5. If the spinach available smells of mud and had lots of grit clinging to it, remove the bottom of the root, wash it thoroughly 2-3 times, chop it coarsely and cook it separately in a bowl of water and drain it. Otherwise wash, chop and keep the raw spinach.
  6. Add spinach, chilli, half of onion and chopped tomato to the cooked dhal.
  7. Cover and cook until the spinach is well cooked.
  8. Heat a frying pan.
  9. Add curry leaves, rest of the onion and chilli powder.
  10. Add this to the dhal. Add ghee/butter.
  11. Cover and cook for few more minutes.
** - If the pressure cooker is not available, replace the steps 2-4 above starting with the symbol ** with the following steps and continue to step 5 above.

  1. Heat a 3-4ltr saucepan on a high heat.
  2. Add dal, about 750ml of water and turmeric powder.
  3. Cover and cook until the dhal is cooked. Leave the lid half open to stop the water overflowing.

Notes : Add red chilli if green chilli doesn't agree with your stomach. This dish is a South-Indian variation of Spinach&Dhal curry. It is suitable for rice, Tamarind Egg Curry/Tamarind egg omlette curry/Garlic curry.


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