Palak Mung Dal Sabzi
Spinach with Mung Dal
- 2 lbs. baby spinach (palak)
- ¾ cup mung dal (without skin)
- 1 medium onion roughly cut into ½ inch dice
- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
- 1 green chili, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 ½ teaspoons turmeric
- 1 teaspoon dhana-jeeru (ground coriander and cumin blend)
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 5 tablespoons oil
- Pick through mung dal and rinse it.
- Heat two tablespoons of oil in a medium sized pot over medium high heat. Add ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds and let it sizzle. Add ½ teaspoon of each turmeric and chili powder. Add 1 ½ cups of water and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Stir everything. Cover the pot and let it come to boil. Uncover once it is boiling and let it cook until the foam on top subsides, about 7 minutes. Cover the pot and let dal cook for another two minute or until tender.
- In a separate wok or a frying pan, heat remaining 3 tablespoons over medium high heat. Add remaining mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let it sizzle. Add onion and sauté it until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garam masala, dhana-jeeru, green chili, ginger and garlic. Sauté everything for two more minutes. Add tomato paste and sauté for a minute. Add spinach and ½ cup water. Cover the pan and let spinach cook until slightly wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, add kasuri methi and let spinach cook until it is fully cooked.
- With a blender or an immersion blender, puree the spinach until smooth. Transfer the pureed spinach to wok or frying pan again and combine it with mung dal. Let it simmer for 5 minutes covered with a lid.
- Serve warm with Paratha or Nan or over rice.