Palak dal gravy

                                                              PALAK DAL CURRY [ South Indian style ]

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INGREDIENTS

  • Palak [spinach ] – 1 bunch
  • Tuvar dal – ¾ cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Green chilli – 3 or as per taste
  • Turmeric pwdr – ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  • Grated coconut – ¼ cup
  • Tamarind – marble size
  • Sambar pwdr – 2 or 3 tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil – ½ tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Shallots finely chopped – 3 [optional ]
  • Curry leaves – few

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PREPARATION

  1. Clean ,wash and rise the palak leaves and chop it finely.
  2. Wash and soak the dal for 30 mins.
  3. Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the juice.

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METHOD

Pressure cook the dal + onion + tomato + green chilli + palak + salt + turmeric pwdr .[ 3 whistles]

Once the pressure is released , add  2 tbsp of tamarind juice and mix the dal well.

Heat oil in a pan ,add mustard seeds + jeera and let it crackle .

Add shallots [sambar onion] + curry leaves and fry till onions turn light brown.

Add coconut and fry till light brown .

Lower the flame and add sambar pwdr + asafoetida and fry. [ be careful ,it should not burn ]

Add the cooked dal and mix well.

Add water as per the consistency you want .

Adjust salt if required.

Simmer for 4-5 minutes and off the flame .

Palak dal is ready to be served with plain hot rice topped with hot ghee and any side dish.

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NOTES.

  1. Always while adding water to any gravy , add hot water.
  2. Sambar pwdr gives a nice flavour to the dal as the palak as no flavour.
  3. You can also temper with crushed garlic like we do for dal tadka towards the end. refer hereDAL TADKA RECIPE
  4. Don’t roughly chop the palak ,but chop it finely as we are not going to mash or blend the dal.
  5. Its a must to soak the dal.
  6. Before chopping ,soak the leaves in water to remove the soil from the leaves.
  7. U can use red chilli while tempering.

For more recipes click on the names below: –

Whole masoor dal recipe

Drumstick dal recipe

Masoor dal recipe

Spring onion with moong dal recipe

Dal gosht in southindian style

Dal makhani recipe

Chana dal gravy

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