Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Spinach Lime Dal

Spinach Dal
Hello friends,

I am back after a 6 month blogosphere hibernation. I was ill and could not come anywhere near blogs or cooking. It was sudden and hence I could not leave a message here. I hope you will continue visiting as usual...


On to the recipe now...


This is a simple Spinach dal which has been recreated on a lot many blogs till now. I have tweaked my mom's recipe a bit and the result was very good. Instead of using tamarind to add the sour quotient, I used lime juice and I had no complaints.


Recipe:

Spinach - 1 Bunch

Toor Dal - 1/3 Cup

Onion - Half of a medium onion

Green Chilles - 7 to 8

Lime - 1

Asafoetida / Hing - 1/8 Tsp


For seasoning:

Mustard - 1/2 Tsp

Cumin / Jeera - 1/2 Tsp

Urad dal - 1/2 tsp

Turmeric - 1/8 Tsp

Garlic - 2 cloves crushed

Oil - 1 Tbsp


Wash toor dal and clean spinach. Dice the onion and slit the green chillies. In a pressure cooker, cook together the dal, spinach, onion, green chillies, asafoetida using about a cup of water. Once they are cooked, mash together to a coarse consistency using a wooden/steel ladle or a hand blender. Add salt as per taste. Next, juice the lime and add to the dal. Check for tartness and add according to your taste. Finally for seasoning, heat oil, add the turmeric, mustard seeds, cumin, urad dal and garlic. Wait till the mustard splutters and add to the dal.


17 comments:

Shilpa said...

Ohh wow...you are back. Hope you are feeling better now dear...

I like the idea of adding lime juice to dal, I have done that couple of times(not the spinach dal though) and I love it. Will try this version.

Chandrika said...

I am much better Shilpa..Thank you..I was missing all of you...

I love the slight lemony flavor which lime/lemon juice adds...

sunita said...

Welcome back, dear Chandrika...hope you're well now :-)

Sig said...

Hope you are feeling better chandrika... Welcome back!

Dee said...

Welcome back chandrika, Hope you are hale and hearty now!!! Glad to see you back and looking forward to see more on ur virtual kitchen!! Good luck!!

Padma said...

Welcome back dear, hope you are doing good... even i was on blog break for 4 months, went to India...

TBC said...

Welcome back! Good to see you blog again.

mitr_bayarea said...

Welcome back Chandrika. Simple and healthy spinach recipe, will try this soon.

A&N said...

Hey welcome back! Hope that you've fully recovered from your ailment by now. I guess the cooking, photography and the post are a testament to that :)

Priyanka said...

welcome back chandrika.....hope you are doing good now....used to keep checking up ....so glad to see your post. we dont add onions to this dish when we make it.and we also add besan to it instead of toor dal.

Yasmeen said...

Good to see you back .I'm a big fan of spinach . Eat it at least 3 times a week for all its goodness.
thanks for posting

Yasmeen
Do check out my blog
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shyam said...

Good to have you back! Hope you're fully recovered now :)

Sunanda said...

Hi! Chandrika...The looks delicious..I tried Spinach daal but never thought of adding lime juice...Will definitely try this.Do visit my site also and let me know how you liked it...Thanx again for sharing the recipe.

Maheswari said...

Glad to see you back chandrika.I love Penne..Dish look delicious.
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priar's, said...

Hi chandrika,
yummy dish ....will try soon

Ann said...

Such an excellent presentation, looks so delich. All your recipes are tempting. :)
Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments.

Hemlata @ indiamarks.com said...

I make a dal with adding tamarind . Nice idea of adding lime juice to dal. Thanks........