Palak Dal | Spinach Moong Dal | Keera Parrupu


Moong dal is my favorite lentil, it is so versatile and can be made into many varieties using multiple number of vegetable or plain with greens like how I have made it today. Lentils are high in fiber and protein, and low in fat. Eating lentils and other foods that are rich in soluble dietary fiber can help decrease high cholesterol.

I had used spinach leaves in this dal and it is really a great combination. Quick to make and easy to seve along with rice and any of your favorite veg or non-veg side. This is one staple side that appears on our lunch table almost every other week, I even alternate it using fenugreek/ methi leaves. You can also make it plain without any  greens/veg. One other thing I love about this dal is the yellow and green color :-).



Recipe Source ~ Own
Serves ~ 4
Cook & Prep time ~ 30 mins

Ingredients

Moong dal/ split yellow dal - 1 cup
Onion - 1 large, chopped
Tomato - 1 large, chopped
Garlic - 5 fat pods, chopped
Spinach/ palak - 1 big bunch, chopped
Green chili- 2 long slit
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Corriander powder - 1 and 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt- as required
Oil - 1 tbsp to temper
Ghee - 1 tbsp (optional)
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Whole jeera/ cumin - 1 tsp
Whole red chili - 2 
Curry leaves - 1 spring

Method
  • Soak moong dal with little water for 20 mins, pressure cook it along with turmeric, salt, 2 cups water, 1 tbsp oil to 3 whistles and set aside
  • In a kadai heat oil and ghee, add the mustard seeds let it splutter, then add the jeera, curry leaf, red chili and the garlic, once the garlic releases aroma add the onions, green chilli saute for 3-4 minutes until it turns transparent. Add tomatoes and cook until they become mushy (4 mins)
  • Now add the chopped spinach leaves, red chilli, coriander powder and saute till they wilt and are cooked well. Now add the cooked dal with 1 cup water and let it come to a boil. Check for salt and spice.
Serve hot with white rice, roti or even idlies

Cooks Wisdom

- Do not over cook the moong dal, else the dal will not hold its shape and become too mushy.
- To reduce cooking time while the dal is pressure cooking, prepare the tempering and saute the onions and tomato
- You can add your favorite veg/ greens to this curry 

35 comments:

  1. very healthy side dish ,nice clicks

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  2. One of my fav dal recipe,looks very nice!!

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  3. I make this very often . I love ur dal spinach .

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  4. love your clicks priya! very healthy keerai paruppu!

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  5. Even i adore moong dal and spinach combo. Yours looks pretty good Priya!

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  6. Very comforting dhal,looks healthy..

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  7. oh my fav combo...this is one weekly sunday menu and we love it

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  8. My fav dal...looks yummy dear..hey new header is superb da

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  9. healthy dal Priya. waiting to see your andhra chicken curry post dear.

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  10. My fav too.. i pressure cook the spinach also with the dal.

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  11. I always love palak and dal combo..Looks super delicious akka:)

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  12. My favorite.......... we add homemade sambar powder to this dal :)

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  13. Yummy dish and nice presentation

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  14. Healthy dal dear...lovely clicks...

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  15. this is such a healthy dish, loves it

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  16. yummy n healthy dal...

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  17. Love this kind of super thick dal, i can have it with anything, even with some bread toast..Thanks for sending to cws sis.

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  18. wow comfort dal and healthy too...

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  19. My favorite dish.. Yummy n healthy...

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  20. One of my favorites, tastes good with almost anything..

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  21. my fav one :) love ti with rice..

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  22. This is so healthy and goes well with rice and roti!

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  23. Very yummy n my fav dal Doll... super...

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  24. Delicious, I love adding spinach in dhal..yours look really good!

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  25. Comfort food.Goes very well with everyth.

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  26. Comfort food,love the combo..

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  27. This is my favorite da.. I make this exactly the same.. Healthy and delicious.. :)

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  28. Such a comfort food. Yours looks deliciously thick & creamy.

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  29. The dall looks delicious. We add fenugreek to the mung dall and it tastes great too. I'll add spinach next time.

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