We both love ambat(gravy) with garam masala in it. There are many dishes with this traditional paste in it – like mushroom gravy, masoor bhaji, potato bhaji, green peas kurma and many more. At my home, all these dishes are prepared for breakfast with either puris or dosas. V likes to eat them any meal of the day.
So recently when I was running out of ideas to make with spinach, I thought this masala would make a delicious ambat. I wanted to make it like a spinach dal but with a garam masala twist. It came out very delicious. This can go well with rice or chapatis. If you do not have pearl onions, normal onion can be used.
2 cups spinach
3/4 cup toor dal
1/2 cup pearl onions(sambar onion)
A pinch turmeric
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract
1 tea spn coriander seeds
1 tea spn garlic
1/2 cup onion
5 red chillies
1/4 cup tomato
Heat oil and add cloves, cinnamon, coriander seeds, garlic and onions. Fry till onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, red chillies and fry for few more minutes. Grind to a paste.
Cook toor dal with enough water and turmeric till it is cooked. Mash it with the back of a spoon.
Cook spinach till it is soft. Add it to cooked toor dal. Add salt, paste, tamarind, mix and let it cook for 3-4mins. Take off the heat.
Heat oil and add pearl onions. Fry for few minutes. Pour this over dal.
Serve hot with rice.
Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins