Spinach Dal with Garlic (Lasuni Dal Palak)
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Serves: 4-5
 
A very aromatic garlicky dal with spinach. Garlic is added 3 ways to get the heady aroma.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • A pinch turmeric
  • 2 big cloves garlic
  • 1 tea spn cumin powder
  • 1 tea spn chilli powder
  • Salt
Seasoning 1 :
  • ½ tea spn cumin seeds
  • ½ tea spn methi(fenugreek) seeds
  • ½ tea spn urad dal
  • ½ cup onion
  • ½ cup tomato
  • 1 tea spn chopped garlic
  • 1 tea spn chopped ginger
  • Oil
Seasoning 2:
  • 1 tea spn crushed and then chopped garlic
  • 1 tea spn mustard seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • Ghee
Instructions
  1. Pressure cook toor dal, chopped spinach with garlic, turmeric, adding enough water till dal is cooked.
  2. Mash it well and keep aside.
  3. Heat a little oil and add cumin seeds, methi seeds, urad dal.
  4. When they are fried, add ginger, garlic, onion.
  5. Fry till onions are brownish.
  6. Add tomato and cook till it is mushy.
  7. Now add the cooked dal, cumin powder, chilli powder, salt.
  8. Add enough water to make it a thick dal.
  9. Bring it to bowl and take off the heat.
  10. Separately, heat ghee and add mustard seeds.
  11. When they start popping, add garlic, curry leaves.
  12. When garlic turns brownish, pour the seasoning over the dal and close the lid immediately.
  13. Serve hot with rice and a dollop of ghee.
Notes
Instead of cooking spinach in pressure cooker, It can be added while frying onion to keep it more greener in color.

Ghee increases the aroma of the dal, but avoid it if you are very calorie conscious.
Recipe by Aayis Recipes at http://www.aayisrecipes.com/gravy-curry-and-daals/spinach-dal-garlic-lasuni-dal-palak/