In Tamilnadu , we cook toordal with turmeric powder,do the normal seasoning and have it with ghee and rice. ..just plain dal without any veggies and we call this ' parupu saadham'. I have had paruppu only like this in my house. But after marriage, I came to know that dal can be cooked with veggies like spinach ,methi, mangoes etc.. thru my telugu friends. I found that interesting and different and started cooking toordal with veggies. Loved Indira's mango dal too. This is a simple ,yet tasty recipe of spinach dal which is one among my favourites. Its my entry to JFI event :toordal ,hosted by Linda of 'out of the garden'.
Wednesday, November 21
Toor dal- 1 cup
spinach- a small bunch
bell pepper- 1 medium chopped into cubes
onion- 1 medium chopped finely
tomato- 1 medium chopped finely
green chillies- 3 slitted
brinjal- 1 medium chopped into cubes
turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
tamarind water- little
salt to taste
Oil- 1 tbsp
mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
split urad dal- 1/4 tsp
jeera- 1/4 tsp
curry leaves- a few
Asafoetida- a pinch
Wash the spinach well and chop it ..
Heat oil in a pressure pan/cooker and add the seasoning ingredients one by one. Then add the onions and green chillies and fry for a minute. When the onions turn transparent add the tomatoes , fry for some time and then add the chopped bell pepper ,brinjal pieces and spinach.
Fry for some time and then add toor dal and turmeric powder. Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook this for 15 minutes.
Add salt and little tamarind juice to dal , boil it for a couple of minutes and serve hot with rice.