Palak Toovar Dal (know Your Green Leafy Vegetables)


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A spicy spinach and lentil preparation that can be relished with steamed rice or rotis. Do not overcook this dal as the spinach tends to discolour quickly.

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Makes 4 servings
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  1. Clean, wash and soak the dal for 2 hours.
  2. Drain, add the spinach, ginger, green chillies, turmeric powder and 3 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Mash the dal spinach mixture with the back of a spoon lightly and keep aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep pan and add the cumin seeds.
  5. When the seeds crackle, add the bayleaves, cloves, red chillies and asafoetida. Stir for 15 seconds.
  6. Add the spinach mixture, chilli powder and coriander, mix well and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring once in between.
  7. Serve hot.
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