Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dal Palak - a nutritious combination of lentils and greens


Dal Palak
Palak or spinach is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals and is thus, a must have for both children and adults alike. Packed with a combination of vitamins like vitamin A, C, E, K and minerals like magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, niacin, phosphorus it sure is one that must be included in our everyday diet. It is also an important source of iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. With the palak being a high nutrition food I sure have to make sure that I include it in my daughter's diet in some way or the other. Getting her to have her veggies is not an easy task and it has to appeal to her tastebuds first so the dal palak is a one way that I get her to have a good helping of Popeye's favorite spinach. The toor dal is a favorite of hers and so the greens mixed with it is accepted without much fuss.

Here is the quick and easy way to make the dal palak(a healthy and nutritious combination of lentils and spinach cooked the Indian way)

Ingredients:
Dal- 1.5 cups (cleaned and washed)
Finely chopped spinach - 1 cup
Water - 3 cups
Garlic - 2 to 3(finely chopped)
Onions - 1 (finely chopped)
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Cummin - 1/2 tsp
oil - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method to make Dal Palak:

1- Take the pressure pan and add the 1/2 tsp of oil. Add the cummin seeds and let it splutter. Now add the chopped onions and garlic and saute for the minute.
2- Add in the dal and spinach. Mix. Add the water, turmeric powder and salt. Mix. Cover and cook under pressure for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool. Open. Boil for a minute. Adjust salt and seasoning.
3- Serve hot with steamed rice or rotis.


This dish goes out to Sara's "Only Greens" event.

21 comments:

Umm Mymoonah said...

Very nutritious dhal recipe.

PALATABLE said...

This is my favorite veggie, looks healthy and yummy...

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Sarah Naveen said...

Healthy and yummy!!

Swathi said...

Delicious and easy dal recipe.

Padhu said...

Such a comforting dal .My favourite

Sushma Mallya said...

very healthy, love this with rice..

Madhavi said...

My favorite dal, yummyy and healthy too!!

Subhie Arun said...

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Indranee said...

Lovely nutritious recipe...Merry Christmas!

Vandana Rajesh said...

Thank you for all the encouraging comments.

Jaya said...

Vandana,
Dal palak is indeed a very nutritious meal ..looks delicious..wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year..hugs and smiles

kitchen queen said...

yummy and healthy palak dish.Thanks for visiting my blog and giving a good comment.you too have a nice blog.U r always welcome to my blog to give ur valuable comments.

aipi said...

my favorite..comforting n hearty!


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vanishri bhat said...

Dal palak looks yummy. it is one of my favorite.

Suja Sugathan said...

Healthy and delicious dal..love this with rice

Panchpakwan said...

Dal palak is healthy and all time fav..

Gulmohar said...

Really nutritious...

Kitchen Boffin said...

i also make palak dal the same way..the only differance is i don't add the onion.. check it out in my blog.. love ur click

Chitra said...

New to me. will try somtime ..thnx for sharing :)

Satya said...

Nice healthy and tasty dal

Saras said...

Very healthy & tasty dish. You have good space here & I am glad to follow you. Thanks for stopping by & for your lovely comments.