Wednesday, November 21

Spinach Dal

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'.


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
red chilli-1
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.


sra said...

Hi Prema, one of my favourites, this! It looks quite like mine does!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

I love dal tadka. I usually add only onions, tomatoes and ginger. Will try adding some veggies next time. Thanx for the idea! Happy Thanxgiving!!

Menu Today said...

Hi Prema,
Looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing.

Roopa said...

hi prema looks comforting and delicious :)

Kribha said...

I was lanning to send the same for the toor dal event. Nice to see your version here. Nice and cpmforting.

Raks said...

Looks yummy Prema and will give this a try sometime:)

Richa said...

that looks like one nutritious pot of dal! adding all those veg must make it so tasty, i make with spinach and toor, would love to make ur version next time :)

Linda said...

Hi Prema, spinach dal looks so delicious, and packed with all those veggies it's so nutritious, too! Thank you for sharing this great recipe for JFI-Toor Dal :)

Seema said...

I love this one & make it often too... Lovely post & entry!

Rachel said...

Love dal of any kind..This is a nice healthy optionQ

i think therefore i am said...

hi..i must say i religiously follow ur recipes and got a lot of compliments.will try this too..thanks

Latha Narasimhan said...

This is real comfort food! Your dal is looking yummy! :)

Sagari said...

dal looks soooo comfortinggggg

kamala said...

hi prema
I happened to see ur blog thru
lathama's blog.I too have the same pulsuvai malar and few of mallika Badrinath Books.Which part of TN you are from?Spinach dal is simply superb
thanks kamala

USHA said...

Hi Prema,

Hmm...i love to have this dhal with keerai hot with little ghee..hmmm yummy..Thanks for sharing.

bha said...

We call it Dal bhaji in maharashtra....this one looks yum

Latha Narasimhan said...

Prema dear , you are tagged for a meme! see in my blog for details! :)

Itz me!!! said...

hiya..have tried this out..tastes really nice!!

ARE A EM said...

What is Turmeric Juice mentioned this recipe? or was that supposed to be Tamarind Juice?

Prema Sundar said...

Thanks guys for leaving ur kind comments.
Welcome kamala. My native is near tiruchendur ,south TN, Though I have been born and brought up in Chennai.
Thanks Lathamma for tagging me. Will try to do it soon.
Yes innj ..its tamarind juice.. thanks for pointing it. I will change.

Bharathy said...

Oh yes this paruppu sadam is a must for my daughter and whenever I make sambhar I pressure cook extra dal with turmeric,mash and reserve some..
For keerai we use pasipparuppu though..
Any way it is delicious,as the bowl I see here!

Unknown said...

Comfort Food!! I love spinach dal a loot! its like my staple food :-)

Kumar said...

Thanks Prema. Being a MBA, your cookbook helps me a lot. Keep posting & wish you the very best in life.


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