Palak Mung Dal Sabzi

Palak Mung Dal Sabzi

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Serves: 4

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 canola oil
  1. Pick through mung dal and rinse it.
  2. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a medium sized soup 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, mung dal 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.
  3. In a separate wok or a frying pan, heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve warm with Paratha or Nan or over rice.