Dal Palak

Dal Palak

Published January 29, 2013 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 3
Total Time: 35 min

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 15 min

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A very popular North Indian recipe, dal palak is an important source of protein and fiber. It is also easy and simple to prepare. It is eaten as a main dish and teamed up with chapattis or rice. The use of asafetida and powdered spices gives it a characteristic aroma and flavor. It tastes best when served steaming hot.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: Approximately 1 cup of cooked dal
Calories per serving: 33
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Sodium 170mg 7%

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dehusked moong dal
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • A dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup spinach, washed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves (finely chopped)

Step by Step:

  1. Wash the moong dal in running water and keep aside. Take a pressure cooker; add washed dal, water, finely chopped spinach, salt, and turmeric powder and keep it for cooking over medium high heat for 5-10 minutes (1-2 whistle).
  2. For tempering heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add asafetida and cumin seeds; when they start spluttering, add coriander powder, red chili powder and garam masala powder, and sauté for 1 minute. Add to the cooked dal.
  3. Mix lemon juice, garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot.
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