Summary: spinach cooked with split moong dal and fried
|Ginger garlic paste||tsp||1/2|
|Green chilli, sliced||number||4|
|Split Moong Dal||cup||1/2|
Cooking Time: 25 min
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet (other): Low calorie
Number of servings (yield): 4
Meal type: lunch
Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed or quickly boiled. It is a rich source of vitamin A (especially high in lutein), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, folate, iron, calcium, protein, folic acid and omega 3 fatty acids.
Spinach also has a high calcium content. The same with Moong dal, is commonly found in most Indian kitchens. It is high in protein and easy to store (usually lasting for 6-8 months in an airtight container). Like most of the Indian recipes, Palak Moong dal fry is very adaptable dish and can be cooked in different ways, with different lentils and different spices depending on the region where it is cooked.
Palak and moong dal makes a great combination and is good for digestion too. Palak Moong dal, the flavor of the dish comes from the spinach because the moong dal is added only to give the texture of a gravy/curry. Yellow mung dal/lentils are roasted till aromatic and then cooked with spinach and tempered with spices.
It is very popular to lightly dry roast the yellow mung dal before cooking. Roasting the lentils, brings out the beautiful aroma that will hang around your home for a long time. A really true comfort, light, low fat, protein rich and healthy food best accompanied with rotis, chapattis or hot rice. Vah! The Palak Moong dal fry is cooked perfectly without changing its natural green colour of the Spinach.