Thursday, July 12, 2012

Masoor Palak - Lentils curry with Spinach

Masoor Palak is a traditional dish that my mom & granny make on regular basis. What I like about it is, its delicious & at the same time fully packed with nutrition. Masoor is brown-skinned lentils which are orange inside. They are high & inexpensive source of proteins like any other member of lentil family. Spinach (Palak)  on the other hand is well known for its antioxidants properties & as rich source of Iron & other vitamins. So together Masoor Palak forms a very nutritious & healthy meal. 


Ingredients: 
1 cup of whole Masoor
1 bunch of spinach leaves finely chopped (remove the stem use leaves only)
1 medium size onion finely chopped
2 medium size tomatoes finely chopped
2 garlic cloves pressed/crushed (or chopped finely)
1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera
pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1-2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

Masala : 
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp dry mango powder (amchur)
1/4 tsp garam masala (optional)

Method: 
Soak the masoor (lentils) overnight & then cook (either in pressure cooker or open vessel) in 4 cups of water & some salt till done & soft. Drain & keep aside any excess water you have after masoor is cooked & use it later to adjust the curry consistency. 
  • Heat oil in vessel & once hot add the cumin seeds, when they splutter add garlic. Saute till you start getting the garlic aroma (approximately after a min). Then add the onions , asafoetida & saute again. 
  • Once the onions are translucent, add tomatoes & cook with lid on for 5 mins or till tomatoes turn soft.
  • Once the tomatoes are soft add all the ingredients listed under Masala & saute till the are well combined. 
  • Add Spinach, salt & cook for 5 mins or till spinach is cooked.
  • Add the boiled masoor (lentils) & mix well. Add water (if required) to adjust the curry consistency. Simmer on low heat for about 5 mins. 
  • That's its, our nutritious Masoor Palak is ready. 


This Lentils curry with Spinach can be served with Roti/Chapati/Indian bread/Rice, but I also relish this curry on its own like soup.  Try it!!
Happy Cooking!!
Shweta


20 comments:

  1. Hi Shwetha,

    masoor palak looks YUMMY !!!

    Neat presentation:))

    Keep on Dear:))

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  2. Interesting combination and curry looks so creamy and yummy

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  3. I am a big fan of this combination. Nothing can beat this with some butter naan. Well prepared

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  4. whole masoor with palak looks perfect.. mouthwatering

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  5. Healthy and perfect gravy...

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  6. lovely combo...healthy n yummy!

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  7. healthy and perfect... great for rotis

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  8. Perfectly made, neat documentation dear. Nice clicks too.

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  9. Great post, and that dal looks so very yummy. I like how your dal is cooked with some very simple ingredients. Great blog!

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    1. Thanks Minnie for such wonderful words :) Do try it & let me know if you liked it

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  10. wow.. very tempting.. nice clicks..

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  11. very healthy n delicious dal curry...lovely pictorials n well explained too!!
    First pic looks too tempting...great work!!
    Thanks a lot for sending it to HITS series!
    Spicy Treats

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  12. Delicious and healthy dal curry. Love this combo.

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  13. Healthy n yummy dal curry, looks so tempting.

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  14. Combination of masur dal & palak is always tasty. You have strike the right cord.Great.

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  15. Omg, wat an incredible dish, drooling here.

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  16. Thanks All for such lovely comments :)

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