Palak Dal is one of the nutritious dishes. Palak is the famous Popeye’s ingestion of spinach and Dal is lentil (can be any like Tuvar, Moong or Channa dal). Hence it’s evident by the name itself that this is a very healthy and nutritious dish. Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled and Lentils contain high levels of proteins, including the essential amino acids isoleucine and lysine, and are an essential source of inexpensive protein in many parts of the world for those who adhere to a vegetarian diet.
Palak dal is one such dish which is the most popular comfort foods in India. Everyone has their own version of this dish. Hot rice and Palak dal make one of the most soothing and fulfilling combination. Like most of the Indian recipes, this is very adaptable and is cooked in different ways, with different lentils and different spices depending on the region where it is cooked and definitely on the mood of the individual.
For preparing the Palak dal, firstly pressure cook the dal (any lentil), mash and keep aside. Wash the spinach well cut and keep aside. In a pan add little oil, add dry red chillies, mustard seeds, cumin, and garlic, curry leaves, hing (optional), chopped onions and mix. Saute until the onions are transparent. Add chopped green chillies, turmeric powder and sauté. Add chopped tomatoes and mix well. Add little water and cook. Add salt and cover with a lid. Cook until the tomatoes are soft for about 10 mins. Then add chopped spinach, mashed dal and mix well. Cook well till the foam disappears. Add butter to give that extra zing and flavor. Palak dal is best eaten with Puri, Chapatti, hot rice or papad. This dish is pretty simple to make though it does require a bit of time to cook the lentils. The palak dal tastes awesome with the warm spicy flavor of the creamy lentils and spinach. This is definitely another great way to enjoy some spinach! It’s a comfort food which brings on warm fuzz feelings.
Spinach is an edible flowering plant in the family of Amaranthaceae. It is native to central and southwestern Asia. Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia (modern Iran). Arab traders carried spinach into India, and then the plant was introduced into ancient China, where it was known as “Persian vegetable”. The earliest available record of the spinach plant was recorded in Chinese, stating that it was introduced into China via Nepal (probably in 647 AD). Spinach is highly a rice source of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, Calcium etc. Spinach grows well in temperate climates. Today, the United States and the Netherlands are among the largest commercial producers of spinach.
As we all have read stories and watch the famous cartoon figure Popeye making himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers at the same time.
Recipe: Palak dal
Summary: lentil cooked with spinach
- butter – 1 – tbsp
- coriander leaves – 1 – springs
- curry leaves – 1 – springs
- garlic – 5 – clove
- gr chilli – 2 – number
- hing – 1 – pinch
- jeera – 1/4 – tsp
- mustard – 1/4 – tsp
- oil – 1 – tbsp
- onion – 1 – number
- red chilli whole -2 – number
- salt – 1 – to taste
- spinach – 1 – bag
- tomato – 2 – large
- toor dal (boiled) – 1 – cup
- turmeric – 1 – pinch
- boil dal and keep aside
- heat oil aqdd red chilli whole , mustard and cumin seeds, add sliced garlic and onions
- add turmeric,hing,curry leaves ,chopped chilli and cook for 2 min
- add tomatoes and cook till they are half cooked
- add spinach ,butter and cook for 2 min add daal ( dal which has been cooked well and mashy)
- add salt and finish when froth dissolves
Cooking time (duration): 25
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4
Meal type: lunch
Recipe by Vahchef.
Do include this in your daily diet and keep your family hail and hearty. Watch the video on making of Palak dal at: http://www.vahrehvah.com/palak+dal:3521